Airdrie City council held its annual organizational meeting Oct. 24 and approved the meeting schedule for 2017 and councillor appointments to the City’s various committees and boards.
City council meetings will continue to be held the first and third Monday of each month.
“It’s following the same schedule it has in the past years,” said Manager of Legislative Services and Corporate Communications Sharon Pollyck. “The meeting will fall on a Tuesday in the event of a statutory holiday with the in-camera (session) starting at 4:30 p.m. and then the public portion starting at 6 p.m.”
Councillor Allan Hunter made a motion to have the early 4:30 p.m. start for the in-camera session brought to the next regular council meeting (Nov. 7) for discussion, citing personal reasons for wanting that time moved to 5 p.m. The motion was unanimously approved.
Pollyck told council staff had done research on five comparable communities regarding public question period.
“Of our five comparables, Grande Prairie is the only one that has something that would be similar to a public question period and it is more formal in that, that person is required to register and submit questions prior to the council meeting,” she said.
“Out of cities of our size, Airdrie is the only one that continues today with a public question period. Council could decide to bring that (issue) back at the same time that we bring back the meeting schedule.”
Council also approved third reading for three bylaws, which set the establishment of a number of the boards, committees and commissions.
According to Pollyck, these were set by council resolution but should have been set by bylaw.
Council unanimously approved third reading of bylaws for the establishment of the Community Services Advisory Board (CSAB), the Environmental Advisory Board (EAB) and the Municipal Policing Advisory Board (MPAB).
Hunter refused to allow permission for third reading of a bylaw to establish the Council Budget Committee (CBC) but gave no reason for his vote. Third reading will come back to the Nov. 7 regular council meeting as a result.
Council appointments to the various City boards and committees were made.
The Mayor and all six aldermen sit on the CBC and the Emergency Advisory Committee, which works with Airdrie’s first responders in the case of a city-wide emergency, such as a flood or train derailment to ensure the safety of residents.
Mayor Peter Brown will sit on the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) Executive, the Intermunicipal Committee and the Intermunicipal Joint Use Agreement Committee, and as an alternate on the SDAB.
Sitting on the Airdrie Library Board will be Deputy Mayor Kelly Hegg. He’ll also chair the CSAB, sit on the Intermunicipal Joint Use Agreement Committee and as an alternate on the SDAB.
Hunter will sit as an alternate on the CRP Economic Development Committee, on the CRP Water/Wastewater Committee, as vice chair of the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC), and as chair of the MPAB.
Councillor Darrell Belyk will sit on the CSAB, as vice chair of the EAB and the MPAB, and as an alternate on the SDAB.
Councillor Fred Burley will sit on the Airdrie Housing Ltd. Committee, as vice chair of the CSAB, as chair of the MPC and on the Rockyview Foundation.
Councillor Ron Chapman will sit on the Airdrie Housing Ltd. Committee, as chair of the EAB, as an alternate on the Intermunicipal Committee, as chair of the SDAB and as an alternate to the Rockyview Foundation.
Hegg will be joined on the Airdrie Library Board by Councillor Candice Kolson who will also sit on the Intermunicipal Committee, the MPAB and as vice chair of the SDAB. Kolson is also on the CRP Economic Development and Transportation Committees.
Council also unanimously approved the profile sheets for each of the committees and boards. According to Pollyck, these profile sheets outline the composition of the committees and boards and the procedures each follow during meetings.
Appointments of public members to the various boards and committees were also approved at the meeting.
Brown, Hegg and Kolson were absent from the organizational meeting. Brown and Kolson said they had personal prior commitments and were unable to attend.
“I had no concerns about my committee appointments,” Kolson said, “and had a prior family commitment so was unable to make the meeting.”
Hegg was out of town and unable to attend. Burley chaired the meeting in the absence of the Mayor.