(Image: Town of Ponoka)

(Image: Town of Ponoka)

Town updates election bylaw, supports Rimoka

Dec. 22, 2020 town council briefs

The Town of Ponoka will write a letter of support for Rimoka Housing Foundation’s grant application for the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI).

RHI is funded by the federal government, through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

The RHI is a $1 billion program to help address urgent housing needs of vulnerable Canadians, especially relating to COVID-19, through the rapid construction of affordable housing.

In 2019, the town supported Rimoka purchasing the property at 5216 50 St. in Ponoka where the Ponoka Rising Sun Clubhouse is currently located.

Rimoka has continued supporting the clubhouse through their programs to help members be involved as part of the community through life skills, recreational, and work activities.

Council voted to support the grant application during their special meeting on Dec. 22.

Election bylaw

Town council approved third reading of an amended election bylaw during it’s special meeting on Dec. 22.

The bylaw was updated to reflect changes to the Local Authorities Election Act that came into effect on Sept. 1, 2020.

The main change is a longer nomination period. The nomination period started on Jan. 1, 2021, however, the official nomination day remains four weeks before election day.

Council also voted to approve an election sign bylaw, the purpose of which is to ensure public safety and regulate the posting of election signs.

The bylaw stipulates that for municipal and school board elections, signs may be up at the close of nomination day and must be removed within three days after the closing of polls on election day.

– With files from the Town of Ponoka