New emergency management deputy appointed

Bryan Passifiume
ECA Review Reporter

During the regular meeting of Stettler Town Council on Wednesday, December 5, council was requested by CAO Rob Stoutenberg to appoint Community Peace Officer Terry Best to the position of second Deputy Director of Emergency Management.
According to Stoutenberg, Best is a long-term resident who has considerable experience with the RCMP — making him an ideal candidate for the post.
The recommendation came from John Bishop, director of protective services and director of emergency management. Best replaces outgoing Peace Officer Todd Wright, who formerly held the post of deputy director.

The motion to appoint Best to the position passed unanimously.
Bonus
Council voted in favour of awarding full-time and eligible part-time Town of Stettler employees $300 worth of “Heart of Alberta” dollars as a Christmas bonus.
CAO Rob Stoutenberg laid out the case for the bonus to reward town staff for what he describes as a very productive year. Stoutenberg also told council that the bonus program is a valuable means of staff retention.
Stettler Mayor Dick Richards agreed, saying that retaining qualified staff is important.
Full time employees will receive the full $300. The entitlement for part time employees will be prorated based on the number of hours they work.
Since 2007, bonuses in previous years have been between $200 and $250. Accomplishments that justify the bonus, according to Stoutenberg, include finding savings in various town initiatives and projects, high performance on audits and several instances of providing top-level service to taxpayers.
“Heart of Alberta” dollars are cash-equivalent coupons that are redeemable at businesses around Stettler.
Masonic Temple
Council voted to uploading a standing practice to refund the municipal portion of the property taxes of the Stettler Masonic Temple.
The request, made by Donald Anderson, secretary of Apollo Lodge #27, is not considered at a tax exemption, according to CAO Stoutenberg. Out of the $1485 payable in the 2012 tax year, the refund would cover the $1005.99 payable to the town.
Stoutenberg stated that the refund is justified because the Lodge makes the temple available for community uses.

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