Happy New Year!
Here is a recap of some miscellaneous discussions and topics from the past few weeks:
Health: I called and chaired a meeting with reps of the Ministry of Health, Heartland Health Region, and the Kindersley and District Health and Wellness Foundation to ensure Kindersley has the level of health services that are required. A broad range of topics was covered, and the theme was growth and capacity. We came up with a bit of a plan that has been used in another jurisdiction and we will see if it can be used here. Our MLA, Bill Boyd, is also helping us in this as well.
Governance: During our regular governance coaching session before the December Council meeting, we, as Council, realized that though we may have a Carver model, we are not a Carver Council. We follow many of the policies, have changed some, and will be changing more policies but we do not strictly adhere to the Carver model. We are developing the Kindersley Governance system that is unique to Kindersley’s situation.
By-election: The deadline for nominations is January 2, 2014. If you are considering whether to put your name forward, let me encourage you: This is a terrific time to be a Councillor. We are growing, and as a result, we have some tough but exciting decisions to make. We have spent the past year developing some new policies and we will be looking at passing and implementing these new policies in the new year. Council is planning a retreat on March 8th and 9th to help the new Councillor get up to speed, do some future planning, and work on some governance issues. We are also trying to see if George Cuff, a well-respected municipal expert, will meet with us during our retreat. If you are considering allowing your name to stand for the election and want to meet, please give me a call and I’ll be more than happy to meet with you.
Budget: As we come to the end of 2013, numbers indicate that the human resource (HR) portion of the operations budget will be approximately 1% over budget. This 1% includes all overtime as well. Considering the HR expenses related to the landfill fire in October, this is a good result.
Happy New Year! I hope the changes you envision for yourself in the next year are realized.
Please write or phone if you would like me to discuss a particular topic. If you have any questions or comments, drop me a line at the town office or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out my blog at http://mayorjohn.blogspot.ca/. I appreciate your feedback.
Have a good holiday season!