Stettler County Council seeks legal advice

Councillor alleged to have failed to disclose a pecuniary interest.

Council for the County of Stettler received a written request from taxpayers to review Councillor Ernie Gendre’s participation in decisions made at council, suggesting he may have had a conflict of interest.
Council has reviewed the matter and the following motions were subsequently made at the Nov. 9 council meeting:
That the Council for the County of Stettler No. 6 has reason to believe Councillor Ernie Gendre failed to disclose the existence of a pecuniary interest in a matter before Council at the September 14, 2016 Council Meeting in accordance with Section 172 of the Municipal Government Act, and therefore Council directs administration to obtain legal advice on the available options.
That the Council for the County of Stettler No. 6 directs administration to respond in writing to a letter of concern submitted by taxpayers questioning Councillor Ernie Gendre’s participation in decisions made by Council to award work on the new Public Works Facility given he had equipment onsite working, and to inform the taxpayers the matter is being referred to the County’s lawyers for advice.
Reeve for the County, Wayne Nixon said, “The Municipal Government Act (MGA) is the legislative framework in which all municipalities and municipal entities across the Province of Alberta operate.
“We take the concerns of our taxpayers very seriously as well as our duty to govern in accordance with the MGA. We want to reassure citizens of the County of Stettler that we will uphold our Council to the governance standards spelled out in Alberta’s MGA.”

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