Pincher Creek town council passed two bylaws at its June 10 meeting, the first regarding acceptable grass heights and the second around the recording of council meetings for improved record keeping.

Nuisance Bylaw 1574-24, updated from Nuisance Bylaw 1574-19, adds a provision that the property owner, lessee, tenant or agent of the owner must keep the grass below a height of six inches.

The exclusion of this section in the original bylaw in 2019 was an oversight brought to council’s attention during the onboarding process of a new bylaw enforcement officer.

This change was to make the bylaw clear and enforceable. 

Council passed this bylaw through all three readings at the June 10 meeting.

The second bylaw passed is Council Procedural Bylaw 1596-24, dealing with the efficiency and transparency of council meetings.

“It’s a few minor tweaks to help us do business a little bit better,” said Mayor Don Anderberg in the meeting.

Among these procedural rules is a new provision that all council meetings shall be digitally recorded for administration purposes. 

Recordings will be deleted 30 days after the minutes have been approved by council, according to the bylaw document. 

Chief administrative officer Konrad Dunbar will oversee the digital recording of council meetings, beginning at the next meeting on June 24. 

Another change is the new Consent Agenda section, which will allow council to approve multiple information items like previous minutes in one motion, rather than voting on each document individually. 

According to Dunbar, this change will increase efficiency in meetings.

The last significant change is the introduction of vote recording. The previous bylaw set out that vote results would be recorded as a whole, either as pass or fail. Now, councillors’ specific votes will be recorded, including the names of councillors who voted against the motion, providing more transparency in the process. 

Council Procedural Bylaw 1596-24 passed through first and second readings at the May 27 council meeting and was passed on the third reading and into law at the June 10 meeting. 

For more information on town bylaws, visit www.pinchercreek.ca.

By Mia Parker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Jun 12, 2024 at 10:12

This item reprinted with permission from   Shootin' the Breeze   Pincher Creek, Alberta

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