Rimbey town council has given first reading to a responsible pet ownership bylaw which includes both dogs and cats.
First reading was given last Tuesday and a public hearing will be held on March 10 during the regular council meeting to allow Rimbey residents to provide input on the draft bylaw.
“The idea(of the bylaw) is to make people more responsible,” said Mayor Rick Pankiw.
The decision to create the new bylaw was made following a presentation by Jim DeBoon and MacKenzie DeBoon of Animal Control Services held in May of last year.
The fee structure for the proposed bylaw is a $30 license fee for altered animals (spayed or neutered), $60 for unaltered animal (not spayed or neutered) and $100 for a deposit for a cat trap. These fees, if the bylaw is passed, would go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.
Council will move the regular meeting of council scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 to Monday, March 23 commencing at 5 p.m. in the council chambers.
Council will hold a special meeting of council on March 20 commencing at 9 a.m. in the council chambers for the 2020 budget deliberations.
In her report to council, CAO Lori Hillis said there have been several applications for the peace officer position, but only a few of them have the required solicitor general training. Interviews are now ongoing.
Hillis noted that Fortis is preparing an updated quote for the replacement of the streetlights west of the four-way stop to be included in the 2020 budget deliberations.
Mayor Pankiw, Councillors Lana Curle and Gayle Rondeel have been registered for the Brownlee Emerging Trends Workshop in Edmonton on Feb. 13.
Whistle blower policy
Council approved a whistle blower policy which includes the amalgamation of three such policies which administration put together after reviewing six whistle blower policies.
The purpose of the whistle blower policy is to provide a process for employees to report incidents of misconduct without fear of retribution. This policy provides a process for submitting and investigating whistle blowing allegations against members of the chief administrative office and/or council and employees. Any allegation shall ensure that the reporter and any persons involved in supporting the allegation are safeguarded against reprisals and provide for procedural fairness for anyone accused of wrong doing.