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Thursday, October 31, 2013

New MD of Pincher Creek council elects Reeve, makes committee appointments


Council for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9
Councillors Fred Schoening And Grant McNab, Deputy Reeve Terry Yagos, Reeve Brian Hammond, Councillor Garry Marchuk

Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

  • Brian Hammond elected Reeve, Terry Yagos acclaimed Deputy Reeve
  • Meeting times and dates set
  • Appointments to Committees, Boards, and Commissions
  • Budget discussions scheduled for November 4

The new Council for the Municipal District of Pincher Creek Number 9 was sworn in at a special organizational meeting held on Tuesday afternoon, October 29.

Several members of the public were in attendance, including previous Reeve Bjorne Berg.  

MD CAO  Wendy Kay called the organizational meeting to order, and then read a passage from the Municipal Government Act that outlined the chief duties of elected officials.  She then administered the Oaths of Office to the Councillors.

Kay then asked for nominations for Reeve.

Councillor Garry Marchuk nominated Councillor Terry Yagos and Councillor Fred Schoening nominated Councillor Brian Hammond.  Councillor Grant McNab seconded both nominations.

In accepting his nomination returning  councillor Terry Yagos spoke of his experience in his last terms, during which he served as councillor, as Reeve, and as Deputy Reeve at the time of the recent election.  "Our MD is not broken," he said at one point. "W need to educate ourselves as to where we are right now."  Yagos also spoke of the importance of the Emergency Services Commission, he said he had no problem with there being no-go zones for wind energy "as long as there's a public process".

"It is very important that we learn to be an effective team."

In his briefer nomination acceptance Brian Hammond averred that he had the skills and knowledge necessary to act as Reeve.  He said he believed in openness and transparency.  "I have an open mind and I'm willing to listen."

A secret ballot was held, officiated by CAO Kay and EA Tara Cryderman.  When they returned Kay announced that Brian Hammond had been elected Reeve.  Terry Yagos was declared Deputy Reeve by acclamation.  Yagos was nominated by Schoening nominated, seconded by McNab, and there were no other nominations.

Reeve Brian Hammond assumed control, read a statement from the Reeve, and council moved on to other organizational matters.

Meeting Times and Dates
  • Subdivision Authority Meetings be held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm
  • Municipal Planning Commission Meetings be held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm
  • Council Meetings be held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm
All of Council are sitting members of the following Committees, Boards and Commissions:

  • The Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and  Counties (AAMDC)
  • Mayors and Reeves
  • Finance and Budget Committee
  • Foothills Little Bow
  • Joint Town and MD Council Meetings
  • Joint Council Funding 
  • Municipal Planning Commission 
  • Regional Council Meetings
  • Regional Water Joint Council – MD / Village of Cowley
  • Statutes, Bylaws and Plans Committee
  • Subdivision Authority 
  • Municipal Planning Commission
  • Building Committee

Appointments to Committees:

Agricultural Service Board
Councillor Fred Schoening as Member
Councillor Terry Yagos as Alternate

Oldman River Regional Services Commission (ORRSC)
Councillor Garry Marchuk as Member
Councillor Grant McNab as Alternate  

Pincher Creek Foundation
Councillor Grant McNab as Member
Reeve Brian Hammond as Member
Councillor Garry Marchuk as Alternate

Emergency Services Committee (Fire, Ambulance and Emergency Management)
Reeve Brian Hammond as Member
Councillor Terry Yagos as Member
Councillor Garry Marchuk as Alternate

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)
Councillor Fred Schoening as Member
Reeve Brian Hammond as Alternate

Library Board 
Councillor Fred Schoening as Member
Councillor Grant McNab as Alternate

Alberta Southwest Regional Alliance
Councillor Garry Marchuk as Member
Councillor Grant McNab as Alternate

Crowsnest / Pincher Creek Landfill Association
Councillor Terry Yagos as Member
Councillor Fred Schoening as Alternate

Intermunicipal Development Committee
Councillor Terry Yagos as Member
Councillor Grant McNab as Member
Councillor Garry Marchuk as Alternate

Castle Mountain Resort
Councillor Garry Marchuk as Member
Councillor Grant McNab as Alternate

Cemetery Committee
Councillor Grant McNab as Member
Reeve Brian Hammond as Alternate

Recycling Management and Solid Waste Committee
Councillor Terry Yagos as Member
Reeve Brian Hammond as Alternate

Community Advisory Committee (Pincher Creek RCMP)
Community Policing Officer

Community Advisory Committee (Crowsnest Pass RCMP)
Community Policing Officer

Lundbreck Citizens Council
Councillor Terry Yagos as Member

Beaver Mines Community Association 
Councillor Garry Marchuk as Member


Budget Discussions were scheduled for November 4, 2013 starting at 1:00 pm.

Note: results for all of the above are unofficial until the minutes are approved.

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