Council holds secret ballot to vote in a new representative to sit on Rimoka board

There were a few tense moments at council’s organizational meeting, Oct. 22, when a secret ballot was called

There were a few tense moments at council’s organizational meeting, Oct. 22, when a secret ballot was called to determine who would represent council on the Rimoka board.

Once the vote was counted, it turned out Coun. Jack Webb, who has represented council on Rimoka for two years was ousted from the position by Mayor Sheldon Ibbotson and Coun. Gayle Rondeel.

Mayor Ibbotson and Coun. Rondeel, who replaced former councillor Joe Anglin on the board, each said earlier they wanted to sit on the board.

“I would like to be more involved in Rimoka; what they do and how they operate at a board level. I look forward to the opportunity of being part of their efforts,” said Ibbotson after the meeting.

Coun. Rondeel said later she wanted to be on the board because of her concern for seniors in the community. “The level of support for seniors, whether they are active and mobile or need a higher level of care, is important to me.”

Coun. Jack Webb said he enjoyed his time on Rimoka board and is disappointed he will no longer represent council in that position.

He said he, too, cares about the seniors in the community, noting his family roots go back generations in Rimbey.

“Does anyone here think I didn’t do a good job while I was on the board?” he asked council before the vote was taken.

Webb was assured that his time on the board was well spent and he represented council well.

Assistant CAO Melissa Beebe said it is unusual to have three vying for a position on a board, but if it does occur, a secret ballot is held.

There were few changes to the other boards and committees for town council.