Councillors LaBerge, Goebel, and Kuyek absent.

Request For Decision (RFD)

Council reviewed 4 RFDs:

· 2024 Interim Budget and Capital Budget Approval: The budget was reviewed during the regular scheduled November 22 and December 13, 2023 Council meetings. The proposed interim budget includes a 1% tax increase to offset the increased costs to the Town due to inflation and overall increased costs in goods, services, fuel prices, and policing costs. Council passed a motion approving the 2024 interim and capital budgets.

· 3-Year Financial Plan Approval: The 3-Year Financial Plan was reviewed during the regularly scheduled meetings on November 22 and December 13, 2023. Council passed a motion approving the 3-Year Financial Plan for 2024, 2025, and 2026.

· 5-Year Capital Plan Approval: The 3-Year Financial Plan was reviewed during the regularly scheduled meetings on November 22 and December 13, 2023. Council passed a motion approving the 5-Year Capital Plan for 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, and 2028.

· RCMP Quarterly Report: The RCMP submitted their quarterly report covering from July 1 to September 30, 2023. Some key takeaways include an increase in assault incidents, including sexual assault. There were 15 instances of assault reported during this period in 2023, up from nine incidents reported last year for this quarter. There were three incidents of sexual assault during this quarter in 2023, with 0 incidents for the same period in 2022 and 2021. Council received this report as information.

CAO Report

· Administration continues to work on the Alberta Disaster Recovery Program paperwork and requirements.

· Continued working on Financial plans.

· Continued working on Capital plans.

· Met with Atco Electric on November 28 regarding electric vehicle chargers and options.

· Staff completed Lite Up preparations, and the event was held on November 30.

· The tax auction was held on November 30.

· The Town experienced break-ins at the Arena, Curling Facility, 50+, and Keyano Centre during the week of December 4.

· Received the follow up report on December 8 from the Registries audit held in July. Registries staff are completing follow-up items.

· The staff Christmas party was held on December 9.

· The CAO will be taking holidays from December 28 – 29.

Operations And Infrastructure

· The reservoir project will likely continue into the new year, with projected completion in January or February.

· A security camera system has been set up in the Public Works facility.

· PW is taking advantage of the unusually warm weather to work through tasks not ordinarily possible during these months (road, ditch work, etc.).

· The water Treatment Plant will work with contractors to perform required maintenance within the plant over the next few months. This will include filtration tank replacement, system repairs within the treatment plant, and preventative maintenance.

Protective Services

· The new Peace Officer vehicle has arrived and is now being outfitted with lights, decals, etc., in Edmonton.

· Updated the new Max Occupant load Certificates in the Keyano Center and Curling Rink Lounge.

· There were 8 Fire Department calls for the month of November 2023.

· The Town of Swan Hills was shortlisted by FRIAA for FireSmarting maintenance around the town.

· The outside lighting around the Emergency Services Building has been repaired and is now working.

· The Swan Hills Fire Department is in the early stages of finding a vendor to purchase a new Pumper Engine Vehicle.

By Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Dec 20, 2023 at 13:52

This item reprinted with permission from   Grizzly Gazette   Swan Hills, Alberta

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