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Village of Halkirk Meeting highlights for Oct. 20

Though the final bills have not been received, the road work in the Village has been completed

By Kevin J. Sabo

For the Advance

Organization meeting minutes

With no election being held in the Village of Halkirk for the 2021 municipal elections, the Village council held their organizational meeting early.

Under section 192 of the Municipal Government Act, the legislation which all municipalities fall under, “A council must hold an organizational meeting annually not later than two weeks after the third Monday in October.” With new councils being elected across the region, most of them will be imminently holding swearing-in ceremonies and organizational meetings.

Due to his being acclaimed and no need to run an election, newcomer Thomas Schmidt joined incumbent councillors Sherry Jamieson and Dale Kent for an organizational meeting on Sept. 28. During the meeting, former Mayor Dale Kent nominated Schmidt for the position, which was carried. Kent will continue in the role of deputy mayor, as nominated by Coun. Sherry Jamieson.

Viability review

According to Village of Halkirk Chief Administrative Officer Marcy Renschler, the final Village viability report has been completed and sent to the Government of Alberta for review and to discuss next steps.

Hopefully, if health restrictions continue to allow, a community information session will be held at the Village of Halkirk Community Hall sometime in November.

The viability report, which looks at various aspects of the community’s infrastructure and long- and short-term prospects, should be made available to the public at the meeting.

Before any decision to dissolve and become part of the County of Paintearth is made, Village of Halkirk residents will be able to have their say on the matter through a vote, possibly occurring in 2022.

Berry Street paving/road patching

Though the final bills have not been received, the road work in the Village has been completed, and the grant funding for much of the work has been received from the Government of Alberta.

In total, the Berry St. project and the other road patching worked out to around $290,000, with around $200,000 funded through grants and the remainder being funded through reserves.

Final costs will be brought to the next meeting of council, once all the final bills are received.

Alberta Urban Municipalities Association convention

The AUMA is hosting their annual fall convention in Edmonton from Nov. 17-19. The event is a place for elected officials of all levels to come together and discuss the issues facing their communities.

Councils can opt to send one, two, or more members plus administrators, depending on budgets and resources, to the education and networking sessions hosted at the event.

Kent has opted to not go to convention this year, as has Schmidt.

Jamieson is going to go, representing the Village of Halkirk.

As she had not yet decided if she would attend or not, the motion allowed Renschler to decide later if she would like to attend the event or not.

The cost to attend the event is $600 per person if booked before Oct. 25, plus hotel fees, and due to the ongoing pandemic, delegates are required to either be double vaccinated or have proof of a privately paid negative test within 72 hours of the last day of the event.