Milage and meeting expenses examined

Bryan Passifiume
ECA Review Reporter

Coronation Council will be reviewing the amount of money they are compensated for mileage and attending meetings, according to a proposal made at council’s regular meeting on Monday, November 26.
Councillor Bonnie Danylyshen made the request during the Monday, November 12 council meeting to examine the compensation rates prior to budget season.

Currently, the mayor of Coronation receives $650 per month and councillors each get $500. For out of town meetings, the mayor and councillors receive $75 for a half-day, and $150 for a full day. Hardisty pays their mayor $500 per month with a $170 per day out-of-town meeting rate, while councillors getting $450 with a $140 per day meeting fee. The Town of Bon Accord, which has twice the population of Coronation, pays its mayor $1000 per month and each of its councillors $500. Their out-of-town meeting rate is $100 per day. In comparison, the town of Olds, which as a population of 8,000, pays its mayor $2000 a month in compensation, and its councillors $1000 per month. Council members get paid $200 per day for out-of-town meetings.
Mileage for most municipalities is based on the current provincial rate, which is $0.50 per kilometre, with the Village of Consort and the Town of Rimbey paying $0.52 per kilometre. The Town of Coronation pays $0.505 per kilometre.
Meal per diems for Coronation council currently sits at $9.20 for breakfast, $11.60 for lunch and $20.75 for dinner, with a 15 per cent maximum for gratuities. Most neighbouring municipalities, including Consort, Bon Accord, Castor and Rimbey pay $10 for breakfast, $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner (Castor pays $30 dinner, and Consort pays $20.) Olds charges by reciept value, and Hardisty’s charges are listed as “as per provincial rate.”
Council will further examine this issue, including the possibility of community input, at their Monday, December 17 council meeting.
Anti-bullying by-law
Coronation may soon have its own anti-bullying by-law on the books, following the lead of neighbouring communities including Hanna and Consort.
In response to an article printed in the Thursday, November 22 edition of the Review outlining the recently ratified anti-bullying by-law in Hanna, citizens approached Coronation Mayor Dawna Elliott about the possibility of the town drafting its own by-law.
Coronation CAO Sandra Kulyk presented the town’s existing Community Standards by-law, which does address bullying. Mayor Elliott told council that she felt a more specific by-law, one which specifically mentions bullying on the internet, would better serve the citizens.
“[The current by-law] is more generic, where Hanna’s had a little more meat on it,” Mayor Elliott told council.
Hanna’s anti-bullying by-law, which in turn was based on a by-law passed by the Village of Consort earlier this year, allows police to intervene in bullying cases. Under Hanna’s by-law, police have an opportunity to fine offenders up to $250.
Councillor Dylan Bullick liked the idea of the by-law, and suggested including representatives from Coronation School.
A motion to turn the issue over to the corporate services committee passed unanimously.
Surplus carry over
A letter was received from Toni Selzer, secretary of the Coronation Communities in Bloom Committee, requesting to carry over their 2012 surplus into 2013 to purchase aggregate planters. The money, which consists of about $1400, would be used to purchase 10 such planters to replace the current wooden barrel planters.
Council accepted the letter and voted unanimously to allow the surplus carry over.

 

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