• Dawn Riley

Town Of Vermilion Council Updates

A Regular Town Council Meeting was held on August 17. Meetings can now occur in person at the Town office, with members of the public invited to join the council. You can also continue to watch Council meetings through the Town’s YouTube channel which you can access through their website. The next regular Council meeting is September 7, at 7 p.m.

Here are some of the highlights, it was a busy meeting this week:

Councillor Rob Pulyk has been appointed as Deputy Mayor for the months of September and October.

Sgt. Dunsmore, the Vermilion Detachment Commander, presented his quarterly update to the council. He presented the statistics regarding the three priority areas for the Vermilion area: Crime Reduction – Property Crime, Police/Community Relations – Consultations and Connections, and Traffic Enforcement. Sgt. Dunsmore showed that there has been a reduction in Criminal Code Offences by 20 per cent when compared to January - June, 2020. He also discussed the Body Worn Cameras presentation and the eventual incorporation of them.

The mediation process regarding the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) with the County of Vermilion River was successful, and all outstanding issues were resolved. The results of the process include the Vermilion Town Council accepting an operational grant of $250 per cemetery for a total of $750 per year from the County of Vermilion River. A contribution to the Midtown Medical Clinic operating expenses in the amount of $5,000 from the County of Vermilion River for three years starting in the year 2021, and lastly, Council accepted from the County of Vermilion River $28,800 (all-inclusive) or paid over eight years at an annual cost of $3,600 in relation to the Vermilion Landfill Monitoring Maintenance Cost and that the Town of Vermilion will continue to monitor the wells and conduct all required reporting for the Vermilion Landfill. The Town Council also agreed to the collaborative operating agreement for transportation and roads between the Town of Vermilion and the County of Vermilion River, established on the principles of the agreement for a duration of three years.

The first reading of the Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) –(which is Bylaw #3-2021) occurred and the Public Hearing scheduled for September 7, 2021, will continue as planned.

Council approved a new Human Resources Policy for August 18, 2021, and rescinded the Organizational Structure/Hiring Policy implemented in 1984.

Two proclamations were made by Mayor McAuley, council proclaimed September 20-26, 2021 as Rail Safety Week and September 9, 2021, as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day.

Municipal general election nomination packages are available at the Town Hall for prospective candidates, and the Town will provide a list of prospective candidates after nominations close at noon on September 20, 2021.