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New Fort Macleod town council sworn into office

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Fort Macleod lawyer James Possin administered the oath of office to Fort Macleod’s new council on Oct. 23. Back row, from left: James Possin, Marco Van Huigenbos, Gord Wolstenholme, David Orr and Werner Dressler. Front row, from left: Jim Monteith, Brent Feyter and Kristi Edwards.

Fort Macleod’s new town council held its organizational meeting last week.
Each council member took the oath of office Oct. 23 in a ceremony conducted by lawyer James Possin of Torry Lewis Abels.
“I swear that I will diligently, faithfully, and to the best of my ability execute according to the law the office of councillor,” each member of council stated as he or she was sworn into office.
The new council, elected Oct. 16, is led by Mayor Brent Feyter.
Councillors are Werner Dressler, Kristi Edwards, Jim Monteith, David Orr, Marco Van Huigenbos and Gord Wolstenholme.
“This is a big moment for us,” Feyter said.
Following the swearing in ceremony, Feyter encouraged everyone in council chambers to provide a round of applause for the previous council for its work over the four-year term.
Council then turned its attention to the council covenant.
“This is something the previous council wanted to put together just to understand the relationship between the CAO (chief administrative officer) and council,” Feyter said.
Feyter explained the covenant was modelled after ones used by other municipalities in Alberta.
Council approved Dressler’s motion to adopt and sign the covenant.

Deputy mayor rotation
Council members agreed to serve six-month terms as deputy mayor.
The schedule is as follows:
• November 2017-April 2018 — Wolstenholme.
• May-October 2018 — Dressler.
• November 2018-April 2019 –Edwards.
• May-October 2019 — Monteith.
• November 2019-April 2020 — Orr.
• May 2020-October 2021 — Van Huigenbos.

Meeting dates
Council set the meeting dates for the coming year.
Council meetings will usually be held the second and fourth Mondays of each month, except when the Monday is a holiday.
The dates are Nov. 14, Nov. 27, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 14, Feb. 27, march 12, March 26, April 9, April 23, May 14, May 28, June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23, Aug. 13, Aug. 27, Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 9, Oct. 22.
The second meeting of each month will be held at Fort Macleod Library until the new town office opens.
Council set committee of the whole meeting for the third Tuesday of each month.
The dates are Nov. 21, Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 22, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18 and Oct. 16.
The next organizational meeting is Monday, Oct. 22, 2018.
Council retreat
Council set Jan. 5-6 as the dates for a retreat, tentatively to be held at Waterton as a show of support for that community that was threatened by a wildfire.
“It would be a nice gesture to support a community that has been struck by devastation,” Dressler said, agreeing with administration’s recommendation.
Agenda items at the retreat include council’s code of conduct, the strategic plan and the 2018 capital budget.

Council made the following appointments to boards and committees:
Affordable Housing Committee — Van Huigenbos and Edwards.
Fort Macleod Agricultural Society — Van Huigenbos.
Alberta SouthWest Regional Economic Alliance — Feyter and Orr.
Built Heritage Advisory Board — Monteith.
Chamber of Commerce — Feyter.
Crime Prevention Advisory Board — Dressler.
Chinook Arch Regional Library System — Monteith and Edwards (alternate).
Fort Macleod Library Board — Monteith.
Community Hall Society — Dressler.
Early Childhood Coalition — Edwards.
Cultural Heritage Tourism Alliance — Orr.
Empress Theatre Society — Van Huigenbos.
Environment Committee — Orr and Dressler.
Fort Macleod Historical Association — Dressler and Feyter.
Family and Community Support Services Board — Edwards.
Fort Macleod Drug Coalition — Dressler.
Interagency — Monteith.
Municipal planning commission — Van Huigenbos and Edwards.
Fort Macleod subdivision and development appeal board — Orr and Dressler.
MD of Willow Creek subdivision and development appeal board — Wolstenholme.
Foothills Alcohol Action Society — Feyter.
Fort Macleod Community Initatives Association — Edwards.
Oldman River Regional Services Commission — Wolstenholme and Feyter.
Willow Creek Regional Waste Management Commission — Wolstenholme and Dressler.
Willow Creek Foundation — Wolstenholme and Orr.
Council timesheet review committee — Monteith and Wolstenhome.
Chief administrative officer review committee — Feyter, Van Huigenbos and Wolstenholme.
Granum development appeal board — Dressler and Orr.