Cost of living increase for town employees approved

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Employees for the Town of Coronation can look forward to a 3.5 per cent cost of living raise in 2023.
At its meeting, Nov. 7 council approved the increase.

Council also agreed to re-write its statutory holidays policy to include a provision for a Truth and Reconciliation Day as a statutory holiday as proclaimed by the Federal Government of Canada.

Town office staff may bank hours worked during this period at the discretion of the chief administrative officer.

Town council also agreed to offer a vacation time of three weeks for the first five years of employment and four weeks of vacation time for employees who have worked six to 15 years.

Agriculture based courses
Discussions regarding bringing agriculturally based courses to the Town of Coronation through a partnership with Olds College are continuing.
Quinton Flint, chief administrative officer (CAO) for the Town of Coronation told council, at its Mon., Nov. 7 meeting, that “Olds is committed to working with us.”

Currently, Olds College is requesting an itemized list of assets available for use as well as suitable locations to be used for teaching.

Flint said the college is also interested in obtaining a list of partnerships within the community such as the County of Paintearth Adult Learning and Meridian Community Futures.

Flint said more meetings are planned and he is hopeful to bring more players to the table.

“The next step would be conducting an assessment to find the areas that would be seeking more training or education.

“I will be looking into further partnerships with Clearview School Division and possibly others to build a strong educational aspect to the project,” Flint told council.

Olds College now has a partnership with the Town of Drayton Valley and Everest Educational Services.

Olds College was established in 1913 and offers regular programming, continued education and online and blended programming. They specialize in agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental stewardship, working closely with industry to advance and adapt their programming to meet the needs of their students.

Treena Mielke
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