Three Hills Town Council Report

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Mayor Ray Wildeman called the June 26, 2023, Regular meeting of Three Hills Town Council to order at 5:30 pm.

This evening’s agenda and the minutes of June 12, 2023, regular meeting were accepted as presented.

Kneehill Regional Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Director Shelley Jackson-Berry were on hand to present their 2022 report. Kneehill Regional FCSS celebrates 25 years of service to the communities within Kneehill County this year.

2022 highlights include: 138 volunteers registered 4,649 volun-teer hours valued at $92,980.00; 3881 individuals benefited from programs.

There were 19 emergency financial support applications and advocacy cases. There were 259 tax returns completed by 13 Community Volunteer Income Tax Program volunteers.

2022 saw 292 referrals to outside resources as well as 66 organizations connected through Kneehill Interagency.

There were 330 participants in FCSS evidence-based youth programs and activities.

Four volunteers prepared Tools for School backpacks for 55 students.

57 organizations subscribed to the Volunteer Kneehill website and there were 22 volunteer Kneehill nominations received.

Two Family Wellness workers visited six schools. They are working with 137 ongoing clients, 86 single sessions, 97 targeted youth small groups and 41 social-emotional learning classroom presentations.

Outcomes scored from 91% to 100%.

Council thanked Shelley for the wonderful work FCSS does year after year.

Management reports began with CAO Ryan Leuzinger offering sincere thanks to Director of Finance Greg Towne for stepping into the Acting CAO position while Ryan was on holiday.

Under the Director of Finance Report, Greg Towne officially announced that Scott Harding has been hired into the Administrative Clerk position primarily focusing on accounts payable/receivable duties while supporting and backfilling finance department duties.

Kristy Sidock - Director of Community Services reports the following permits since the last report in May. There were five buildings, six electrical, one plumbing, three gas and three development.

Three Hills Fire and Rescue responded to a total of 13 calls.

Extensive work is being done in the arena, parks and the aquatic centre has been busy with lessons and bookings. Over 1200 had used the Rob Naylor Splash Park after being open only a few weeks.

Grant Gyurkovits - Director of Operations and Infrastructure gave updates on utilities, transportation and capital projects. These included updates on sidewalk grinding, to make sidewalks safer, milling and paving of certain roadways and sidewalk replacement.

The water distribution pump house design should be complete with the tender awarded in mid-July. Construction should be completed by March 2024.

Management reports were accepted as presented.

Business arising out of the minutes/old business saw Council approve Reserves Policy #530-A1 as presented. There will now be 22 instead of 24 distinct reserves.

Under New Business - 2022 financial results were received as presented.

Following a request from the Three Hills Curling Club for water bill assistance, due to a running toilet, Council approved $1,000 to assist with this matter.

Three Hills Early Childhood Society requested a reduction in rent for the Wapiti Room at the Three Hills Community Centre for the months of July and August. This space will be used for children aged Kindergarten to age six. Council approved the request to reduce the rental fee of the Wapiti Room to $200.00 plus GST per month for the Three Hills Early Childhood Society for the months of July and August 2023.

A sponsorship request from the Three Hills Thrashers “Junior B” hockey team resulted in the Town approving a Bronze sponsorship request for $1,000 for the 2023/24 season.

Next on the agenda were council reports.

Deputy Mayor Dennis Hazelton attended a Community Futures Annual General Meeting and a Kneehill Housing meeting.

Clr Miriam Kirk attended a Three Hills Library Board meeting.

Clr Byrne Lammle reported on a Three Hills Chamber of Commerce Executive meeting that he attended and a Kneehill Housing policy review meeting.

Clr Marilyn Sept had not thing to report. She did provide council with minutes of the May 25, 2023, Police Advisory Committee meeting.

Mayor Ray Wildeman attended a Community Centre Board meeting and provided a summary of an Alberta Municipal Summer Caucus meeting in Delburne.

Council approved Councillor and Mayor’s reports as presented.

Council acknowledged the receipt of correspondence from Alberta Municipal Affairs.

Mayor Ray Wildeman adjourned the Regular Council Meeting of June 26, 2023, at 8:35 pm.