Council Update – Esso lot negotiation continues

Brian Panasiuk, Mayor,
Town of High Prairie

Council Update August 21, 2018 Regular Meeting of Council

MacKenzie Municipal Services Agency gave an update of the status of negotiating with Imperial Oil on beatification of the old Esso lot. The town is asking Imperial Oil to make some improvements to the lot, however, at this time Imperial Oil have not committed to what the Town is asking for. There is another meeting scheduled with Imperial Oil in September to revisit this issue.

Council gave first reading to the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw #16-2018. This bylaw prohibits the smoking of cannabis illegal in public places within the town. Within the town limits smoking or vaping of cannabis will only be allowed at your place of residence. Council made this decision based largely upon the feedback received at the Town Hall Meeting on June 19th. Cannabis becomes legal in Canada on October 17th, 2018. Council was notified that the town received two applications for Cannabis retail outlets and both have been approved.

Council gave First Reading to the Public Notification Bylaw #15-2018. This Bylaw identifies ways that council can notify the public. This bylaw gives the town more options on how to communicate with the public including social media and the town website. There will be a public hearing on this bylaw on October 9th, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Town Council Chambers.

Council approved the formation of an adhoc committee to work on the rebranding of the town. The committee consists of five community members, two councillors and two members of the town’s administration. This committee will be working with the consultant from Municipal Experts to recommend ideas to council. Everyone in the community is encouraged to go to the Town of High Prairie website and complete a short questionnaire sharing your ideas on rebranding.

Council passed a motion for administration to explore reconciliation training options and bring back recommendations to council.

Council did not approve a request from the Municipal District of Smoky River to commit $10,000 to help fund the operation of the Little Smoky Ski Hill. This item generated lots of discussion as the Ski Hill is viewed as a great facility and is an asset to the region. The request was not approved as Council felt we have local facilities like the golf course, swimming pool and arenas that need additional funding and these local facilities are the priority.


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