Rimbey town council byelection coming in October

Politically minded residents who want to throw their hat into the political ring should give the matter some thought

Politically minded residents who want to throw their hat into the political ring should give the matter some thought, because nomination day for a seat on Rimbey town council is fast approaching.

At its July 28 meeting, council set nomination day as Sept. 8 and candidates can file nomination papers at the town office from 10 a.m. until noon.

A byelection is to be held Oct. 6 at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

An advanced vote is to be scheduled which has been tentatively scheduled for Sat. Oct. 4 at Parkland Manor at a time yet to be determined. An institutional vote for extended care residents will also be held at the extended care facility of the Rimbey Hospital. The date and times of the institutional vote is yet to be determined.

Mayor Rick Pankiw said he is pleased to see advance polls set up at the long-term care as six residents had complained after the previous election that they did not have an opportunity to vote.

Council has allocated $3,000 from the unrestricted surplus to cover the cost of the byelection and CAO Lucien Cloutier has been appointed as the returning officer.

The vacancy on council came up when Einar Olsen stepped down as a councillor as he was no longer a Rimbey resident.