The newly elected Airdrie City council held an organizational meeting Oct. 30 to review a number of council bylaws and policies, and set the regular meeting schedule and council calendar for 2018.
Mayor Peter Brown, who is beginning his third term, began the meeting by welcoming the new councillors – Tina Petrow and Al Jones – to council.
“Congratulations to all of you. I know it was a very hard fought campaign and I’d like to just extend our sincerest congratulations to all of you,” he said.
The new council was able to make quick work of the more administrative items on the agenda, including unanimously accepting the Code of Conduct for council, city boards, committees and commissions, approved by the previous council Sept. 18.
Council was also asked to approve a schedule for the rotation of the position of deputy mayor. Past councils have shared this role between councillors on an eight month rotation. Coun. Ron Chapman suggested the rotation be shortened to four months to lighten the burden. His recommendation was unanimously approved. Coun. Candice Kolsen assumes the role first and will serve as deputy mayor until the end of February 2018.
Remuneration for council members was another item on the agenda. Council remuneration is discussed by the outgoing council in the months leading up to an election; however, the incoming council must then affirm and approve that recommendation. The new council unanimously approved the remuneration package approved by the previous council Feb. 6.
A new meeting schedule for council was approved by the previous council at its May 15 meeting, which has the public part of the meetings beginning at 3:30 p.m. Council will then take a break at 5 p.m. and resume the public participation part of the meeting – public question period, public input sessions, public hearings – at 5:30 p.m. Meetings continue to be live streamed on the City’s website. The new council unanimously approved this amended meeting schedule.
Council also approved the 2018 Council Calendar. According to Director of the Chief Administrative Officer’s Office Sharon Pollyck, publishing the calendar is required by the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and it will be published on the City’s website.
Pollyck asked council to approve some minor administrative changes to the Signing Authorities Policy to reflect some job title changes within the City of Airdrie administration and to accommodate the use of electronic signatures. Genesis Place Recreation Centre is now using software, which can use electronic signatures for some of their documents. According to Pollyck, the electronic signatures comply with the requirements of the new MGA. Council unanimously approved the requested changes.
Pollyck said council would normally be asked to approve citizen appointments to a number of council boards and committees at this organizational meeting but asked this be delayed until the Nov. 6 meeting to allow council to complete interviews with a number of the applicants. This request was unanimously granted.