First on the agenda at the Coronation Town Council organizational meeting on Monday, October 28 was the oath of office, whereby Commissioner of Oaths Deb Taylor officially swore in all members of council. Each Council member repeated the oath and signed.
Mayor and Deputy Mayor elect
Nominated for position of Mayor were Mark Stannard, Jackie Brigley and Keith Griffiths with Mark Stannard ultimately determined to be mayor after the anonymous vote tally.
Jackie Brigley and Keith Griffiths were subsequently nominated for Deputy Mayor, with Jackie Brigley winning the vote.
Code of Conduct
All Council members were required to affirm the Town of Coronation Code of Conduct, which was to be signed and maintained in their personal file.
Each member read aloud this statement as verbal commitment to the Code:
By signing this Code of Conduct, I state that I have read and fully understand the contents of the Code of Conduct. My signature is my contractual agreement that I will follow and abide by the Code of Conduct in good faith.
Council Board and Committee representation
Council members chose representation on committees by alphabetical order of last name.
Council representation on key boards included (but were not limited to):
Fire Department: Vickey Horkoff, Liz Adams, Keith Griffiths (Alternate)
Coronation Assisted Living: Liz Adams, Shelley Cook (Alternate)
Coronation and District Seniors Housing Society: Vickey Horkoff, Liz Adams (Alternate)
Paintearth Economic Partnership Society: Keith Griffiths, Vickey Horkoff
Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee: Mark Stannard, Jackie Brigley, Brett Alderdice (Alternate)
Coronation and District Support Services: Brett Alderdice, Shelley Cook, Vicky Horkoff (Alternate)
At the regular Town Council meeting following the organizational meeting, it was decided to ask for a meeting with the RCMP at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Convention in Calgary on November 20-22, 2013.
“RCMP would probably be… the one that we have the biggest priority, at least to put the bug in their ear about the detachment again,” Kulyk said.
External relations unit
Council looked over correspondence received from Alberta Health Services outlining a plan, effective October 15, to introduce new support and liaison services to “assist municipalities in resolving local health system issues,” quoted as per the agenda background.
The AHS External Relations Unit – noted the Request for Decision document – was originated to provide a contact point between the AHS and municipalities, as well as other stakeholders in the health care system.
CAO Kulyk referenced the issues of Consort attempting to get active care back in their hospital and noted that this new initiative “proactively addressed” this.
“It’s a good move for the AHS to make,” she said.
The item was accepted as information.
Environmental site assessment
Council discussed the Phase 1 environmental site assessment that had been motioned for completion at the September 23 regular Council meeting.
The Summary of Findings of the Phase 1 assessment – produced by Environmental Diagnostics – outlined the presence of mould and PCB’s in the old Town Office building. It was indicated that there was no evidence of a significant release of hazardous material and/or petroleum products.
CAO Kulyk provided some background on the subject, noting that the Town has a number of land parcels that were taken possession of due to tax recovery and are now for sale, yet have environmental considerations associated with them.
Kulyk noted that the Town had been approached about various pieces of such land, including the old Town Office and Elks Hall lots as to whether or not the sites could be used for other development purposes.
“In order to put the cart before the horse and to get it right, without getting pinned down on a land transaction and then finding out after the fact that indeed we might have a contamination issue, the previous council had gone ahead and arranged to have a Phase 1 environmental assessment done on the old Town Office and the site that was occupied by the old Elks Hall,” Kulyk said. She said the report by Environmental Diagnostics found no evidence of the presence of significant hazardous material, or environmental or petroleum products that might be of concern. It was recommended by Environmental Diagnostics that further investigative work needed to be done to determine if there is any issue from migration of contamination from other sites.
Ultimately, it was recommended to Council to accept the Phase 1 report as information.
“Then if we have potential purchasers come along that are interested in that site, we would be able to hand them the Phase 1 report and say ‘this is what we know about this site’,” Kulyk said, noting that she was hesitant to recommend going to a Phase 2 report as of yet, saying that it is an increasingly comprehensive process involving drilling, testing wells and monitoring that may cost as much as $20,000 to carry out.
She recommended to present Phase 1 documents to a potential buyer, and if they were comfortable moving ahead with a Phase 2 then further discussion could occur at that time.
Motion to accept the assessment as information was carried.