Mayor’s policy ideas referred to committees

Three out of five proposed new policies suggested by Mayor Dan Onichuk will be discussed at the executive committee level after town council approved a report from the Administration and Finance executive committee during Monday night’s meeting.
A specific policy regarding water system agreements, the collection protocol for private customers, and regular reporting to Administration and Finance division has been referred to Operations and Facilities.
Meanwhile, a policy for a code of ethics for councillors will be discussed by the committee of the whole in the future.
Another policy to ensure all executive committees meet regularly, and report to council on a regular basis, will be referred to Planning and Development.
A proposed policy regarding credit card usage already has been dealt with under the revised procurement and travel policies passed by council last week.
And a media policy the mayor requested will require no further action because such a protocol already is in place.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council approved a report from Rick Hallam, superintendent of Planning and Development, to authorize staff to prepare a renewal agreement with Lakeland Personnel for the provision of crossing guards.
Council also directed the Traffic Safety Committee to initiate a comprehensive study identifying the need for crossing guards in Fort Frances.
Also Monday night, council:
•approved a report from Human Resources manager Christine Ruppenstein for staff to proceed with the implementation of the revised and new health and safety policies, including lockout/blackout, hot work, equipment purchase/replacement, and accident/incident reporting;
•approved a report from Human Resources manager Christine Ruppenstein for staff to proceed with the implementation of the revised personnel selection policy, with inclusion of provisions for the hiring of relatives, and to rescind the hiring freeze policy adopted by council in 1992;
•received a report from Treasurer Peggy Dupuis regarding tax capping options for 2005 (Dupuis noted she will return to council in the future with further information after she’s had a chance to apply the capping formulae to the assessment roll); and
•directed Clerk Glenn Treftlin to reschedule council meetings in 2005 (these changes include May 23 to May 24, Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, and Dec. 26 to Dec. 19).

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