Some kind of regional council

Town of Slave Lake
Council notebook

Jan. 19, 2021 meeting

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Mayor Tyler Warman spoke about an effort that may result in the town, the M.D. and various First Nations in the area having regular meetings. It’s an idea that came up in a meeting late last year between members of the Regional Tri-Council and Bigstone Cree Nation leadership.

Noting the success of the tri-council model (town, M.D. and Sawridge), Bigstone wondered if something similar could be attempted with a broader membership.

Warman said a letter proposing such was being drafted. If it meets the approval of the other tri-council leaders, it will be sent out to First Nation governments in the region.

The basic idea, Warman said, is to “work on relationships and seize opportunities.”

New staff sergeant not far off

Warman reported that he’d spent a good part of the day participating in interviews with candidates for the staff sergeant position at the Slave Lake RCMP detachment. This has been vacant since the departure of S/Sgt. John Spaans a few months ago.
“Some great candidates,” Warman said.

Water testing

Council heard what it would take for the Lesser Slave Lake Watershed Council (LSWC) to include a water testing site on the Lesser Slave River as part of its 2021 program. The absence of such a site was noted during a meeting and council had asked for more information.

The details were in a letter from the WC in council’s agenda package. One or two town staff members would be required “to work with the LSWC executive director to receive training, and then collect samples 10 times between the end of April 2021 and October 2021.”

The cost of the sampling program is estimated to be a bit over $2,000 – most of that for lab analysis of the water samples.

The samples would be tested for such things as phosphorus, nitrogen and chromium, as well as fecal coliform bacteria, metals and suspended solids.

Council made no decision on the matter, except to ask administration to evaluate the proposal and make a recommendation.

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