Morrin moves to begin website development

Photo David Dodge, Green Energy Futures 10 kilowatt Solar PV system in Morrin Alberta at the water plant installed by Goose Creek Renewable Energy.
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Website consultant, Dave Smeyers presented council with a report regarding the development of a website for the Village of Morrin at the June 20 council meeting.
Directing council to explore the Village of Delia’s site, which he designed, Smeyers provided council with an overview of what he considered were Morrin’s needs.
According to Smeyers, the village website must be very secure, backed up regularly and fully responsive to all devices.
He advised council to “start simple”, concentrating on news, events, village services and required documents such as bylaws, permits and licenses.
Smeyers would get the website up and running and provide four hours of training for about $600, hoping only to recover his costs.
According to his report, the domain, would cost $29.95 per year and hosting the site through Netago would cost about $14.95 per month.
Council voted to go ahead with the website development and accepting Dave Smeyers as their consultant.

Bylaw 360, Morrin’s Speed Limit Bylaw unanimously passed third and final reading.
The speed limit on all roads within the village of Morrin will be 30 kilometres per hour.
Bylaw 361, Code of Conduct and Ethics for Councillors also came up for discussion.
Mayor Howard Helton requested an amendment to include the CAO in the bylaw before reading.
The amended bylaw will be brought back to the next meeting.

Summer student
With only one applicant for the vacant summer position with the village of Morrin, council unanimously passed the motion to hire Cody Hodge as their summer student.
The village qualified for the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) grant to help defray expenses.

New business
Mayor Helton indicated that a public works project status report should be included in the monthly council meetings.
Council agreed that such a report would assist them in keeping up with the progress of public works projects they authorize at meetings.
Council also agreed that amendments needed to be made to Bylaw 227 regarding modifications made by residents on village boulevards.
Since boulevards are village property, it was suggested that any amendments include a clause that required residents to notify administration and council of any plans that would remove grass, cut down trees or other such modifications before work commenced.

Municipal Accountability Program
CAO Plachner reported that representatives from Alberta Municipal Affairs will be in Morrin on August 15 to begin the Municipal Accountability Program (MAP) process.
They will work collaboratively with the CAO, to develop a customized report identifying areas of compliance and concern with regards to the new Municipal Government Act..
CAO Plachner also indicated that the representatives will attend the Morrin’s August council meeting.

Linda Stillinger
ECA Review

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