Funds returned to Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership

Written by Terri Huxley

Council agreed to return funds to the Flagstaff Intermunicipal Partnership (FIP) regarding a partnership agreement between the towns of Daysland, Hardisty, Killam, Sedgewick, and the Villages of Alliance, Forestburg, Heisler, and Lougheed.

FIP requested that the funds dispersed by the group in 2019 be returned to FIP to fund future projects.

The amount of funds that had been dispersed to Forestburg was $2998.43.

Organizational meeting

Incumbent Blaise Young was nominated as mayor and Bob Coutts for deputy mayor.

In an effort to accommodate interim Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Corrine Newman, council chose to change the meeting date to the first and third Wednesdays of the month rather than Thursdays.

The only exception will be this next meeting which will take place on a Thursday as Dep. Mayor Coutts has another important meeting to attend on Wednesday.

Committee appointments stayed relatively the same with a few minor changes.

FRACCA grant request

The Forestburg Dance Society was approved for the $1,000   Forestburg Recreation, Arts and Culture (FRACCA) Grant despite the request for $2,000 for maintaining a high level of instruction for the dancers.

It was determined the policy only allows $1,000 per group per year and with that, all funding within this budget year has been depleted but will allocate new funding in 2021.

Community Enhancement Fund

Council readily accepted a motion to support this year’s annual Forestburg School Awards Program which will be celebrated through an in school virtual assembly this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

A total of $1,600 will be distributed between scholarship winners.

A member of council will attend to present the awards.

Employee code of conduct policy

Considered a ‘housekeeping item’, council accepted the employee code of conduct policy as presented.

No changes were made but policies are meant to be reviewed annually or at least in a period of three years.

It was last reviewed in 2015.

Dep. Mayor Coutts asked if social media was incorporated as it has become a more prevalent part of communicating with locals.

Interim CAO Newman said there was a separate social media policy which meant there was no need to overlap the two policies.

Flags lowered

A couple from Galahad and Forestburg were reported missing by RCMP on Sept. 21 but were later found a day later after a helicopter located two bodies in the Verdant Pass area in Jasper National Park.

It was determined to be the pair, Matthew Kozak and Zabrina Ferrier, who were known to be active volunteers in the local area including fire fighting.

According to RCMP, it is believed the couple were hiking and succumbed to their injuries after falling from a steep bank.

Coun. Dwayne Giroux, on behalf of the Forestburg Fire Department, asked Council at their regular meeting Oct. 16 about having village flags raised at half mast for the weekend to honour Kozak and Ferrier.

Council passed a motion to lower all flags they own at half mast for the weekend.


Terri Huxley

ECA Review

About the author

Terri Huxley

Terri grew up on a grain farm near Drumheller, Alberta with an eye for the beautiful and uncharted. Living in such a unique and diverse area has helped her become the photographer and reporter she is today.

Coming from the East Central region getting this newspaper on her dinner table growing up, it helped her understand the community she now serves.

In May 2019, Terri was awarded Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA) Canada's Energy Citizens Photographic Awards Sports Action – First Place as well as first for the same sports action image nationally with the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA). Fast forward to 2020, she has won second in the same category for the AWNA.