Town Receives Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

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Mayor Ray Wildeman called the Monday, June 24, Regular meeting of Three Hills Town Council to order at 5:30 pm.

All members of Council were present.

The meeting agenda was accepted as presented.

The minutes of the regular meeting of June 10, 2024, were accepted as presented.

Minutes of the Special Meeting of June 17, 2024, were accepted as amended. The change was in item numbers and did not alter the subject matter.

With no delegations present the meeting moved on to management reports.

Chief Administrative Officer Ryan Leuzinger reported that he had dealt with various personnel items, continued work on the assessment appeal review and had multiple discussions with Artis Exploration regarding waste effluent usage.

Ryan has been tasked with organizing an educational session on mental health, on behalf of the Kneehill Regional Partnership, for the regional Councils and Senior Leadership teams. This is being planned for the fall.

CAO Leuzinger attended Regional Health Care meetings, Senior Leadership team meetings and attended a Local Government Administration Association Conference.

He met with Prairie College regarding their 2024 taxation, met with the town’s ATB representative and presented to the new Municipal Interns, a part of the Internship Program through Alberta Municipal Affairs. Ryan graduated from this program 17 years ago.

Greg Towne, Director of Finance, reported that the Town of Three Hills has received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 2024 budget documents. This is the second consecutive year that Three Hills has received this honour.

Property tax bills are due on Tuesday, July 2, 2024.

Greg will be leaving the organization with his last day being July 12.

Kristy Sidock, Director of Community Services, reported that since her last report in May, there have been four development permits, five building permits, one electrical and one gas permit.

Under Protective Services, Three Hills Fire and Rescue responded to a total of 14 calls in May. Delivery of the new fire truck has been pushed back to August.

The fire department served 150 burgers at their June 15 barbeque held in conjunction with ATCO Electric. ATCO demonstrated the dangers of working around electricity.

Under Parks and Recreation, the arena roof was completed. Administration is waiting for the report.

The brine pumps have been repaired and reinstalled at the arena. The dehumidifier is scheduled to be installed at the arena in July. Arena rentals are rolling in. The Premier Hockey League has booked all non-Kneehill Minor Hockey weekends.

The project at the soccer fields is complete. The turf in front of the building was removed and replaced with rock. New trees are being placed around town.

At the Aquatic Centre, school lessons have finished. Our pool has seen Strathmore School and Airdrie Swim Club using our facility due to their facilities being closed due to the Calgary water main crisis. Summer swim lessons are filling up.

Three Hills Aquatic Centre Manager Bev Olver was presented with First Place in the Swim to Survive Challenge for a Community that serves a population of less than 7,500 people. This was presented on June 14 at the Lifesaving Society Annual General Meeting and Branch Recognition Awards. There were 275 participants in the challenge.

Grant Gyurkovits, Director of Operations and Infrastructure, reports the annual Water Treatment Plant inspection took place on June 21. Annual generator testing and maintenance are being scheduled. Hydrant painting will start in July.

Line painting and stall painting are complete. Crack sealing is completed from Highway 583 north to the Town boundary. The #583 pathway was also completed. Pothole repair is ongoing. Both new trucks have arrived for Public Works.

The Water Distribution Pump House construction completion should be in mid-August 2024.

The Town is advertising a Public Notification for the proposed lateral expansion of the landfill. See page 17 of this issue for details.

Construction should begin on the Water Treatment Plant Residual Management Facility after the August long weekend.

Under the Water Main Replacement Program, all servicing and mainline piping has been installed. Concrete curbs, gutters and sidewalks are currently being poured. The subgrade road structure is compacted and at grade, base gravel has started to be installed.

General road repairs and sidewalk replacement are underway. Sidewalk trip/hazard and grinding have been done around town.

Management reports were accepted as presented.

Moving on to New Business - Council approved the request to reduce the rental fee of the Wapiti Lounge to $250 plus GST per month for the Three Hills Early Childhood Society for July and August 2024.

Council approved the Bronze sponsorship request for $1,000 for the 2024/25 season of the Three Hills Thrashers.

On the subject of arena advertising, Council directed Administration to proceed with option one, being, to provide the ice board advertising space at a discounted rate of $50 per board to the arena’s local user groups for a fundraiser in the 2024/25 ice season.

Item 5.4 saw Council approve Administration to submit a request for Council to meet the Hon. Ric McIver, Minister of Municipal Affairs, during the Alberta Municipalities Fall 2024 convention.

Clr Dennis Hazelton reported he attended a Community Futures Wildrose meeting on loan applications. He attended the Community Futures Wildrose Annual General Meeting on June 20. He also attended multiple Kneehill Housing Authority meetings.

Clr Kirk had nothing to report.

Deputy Mayor Byrne Lammle attended the Kneehill Housing Authority meetings, a Special Meeting of Council and a CAEP meeting on June 12.

Clr Sept had nothing to report.

Council reports were accepted as presented.

Mayor Wildeman attended the June 17 Special Meeting of Council, met with CAO Ryan Leuzinger and signed cheques.

The Mayor’s report was accepted as presented.

Correspondence included a letter from Municipal Affairs on the Canada Community-Building Fund and one letter concerning the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

Council acknowledged receipt of the correspondence.

Council moved into Closed Session at 6:26 pm to discuss - CAO Performance Evaluation and moved back into Open Session at 7:16 pm.

There were no motions as a result of Closed Session.

Mayor Ray Wildeman adjourned the Regular Council meeting of June 24, 2024, at 7:17 pm.