By Kevin J. Sabo
For the Advance
The Town of Castor Council held their 2019-2020 organizational meeting prior to their regular council meeting on Oct. 29th.
The annual meeting, which is held under section 192 of the Municipal Government Act, is used to determine the positions of mayor, deputy mayor, council renumeration, committee memberships, and town financial signing authority.
Per the Municipal Government Act, all municipalities except for summer villages are required to hold an organizational meeting “no later than two weeks past the third Monday of October.”
Richard Elhard and Tony Nichols both retained their positions of mayor and deputy mayor respectively.
After the re-appointment of the mayor and his deputy and using information collected by Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Christopher Robblee, council reviewed their renumeration.
In the information presented to council, of the six comparably-sized municipalities presented, Castor council was in the middle as far as renumeration paid to council members.
“I don’t think we should take it [renumeration] up,” said Coun. Lonny Nelner.
With looming budget cuts coming, his view was echoed by Coun. Rod Zinger, who moved that renumeration for council remain at current levels.
In a motion carried unanimously, council renumeration will remain at $650/month for mayor, $500/month for deputy mayor, and $450 for councillors, for regular duties.
For additional meetings over and above their regular duties, all council members are eligible for $150/day or $75/half-day.
All members of council are eligible for out-of-town-mileage at the provincial government mileage rate, which currently sits around $0.55/km, but does vary.
The location of the Town’s bank accounts is also reviewed as part of the organizational meeting.
Rates were checked between TD Bank, Vision Credit Union, and Alberta Treasury Branch (ATB). After review of the rates, administration put forward the recommendation to remain with ATB.
“None of them can compete with ATB,” said Robblee.
Council voted in favour of retaining ATB as the Town’s banking institution, and retaining the mayor, deputy mayor, the CAO, and the assistant CAO as having signing authority.
After the various appointments and financial reviews, the 2019-2020 organizational meeting was adjourned.