City of Wetaskiwin council discusses road tax open house

City council agrees open house was productive, well-run

The City of Wetaskiwin council dealt with a wide variety of matters during their regular meeting March 26. Councilor Dean Billingsley was the lone absentee from the meeting.

Award winner

During each councilor’s individual reports, councilor Pam Ganske noted that the city’s Community Development manager, Jennifer Fossen, had recently earned an award for her work.

At the Economic Developers Alberta conference in March, Fossen earned the Outstanding Young Professional award.

Hockey kudos

Councilor Wayne Nielson noted during his report that he recently attended the big midget hockey provincial tournament hosted by Wetaskiwin Minor Hockey. He said the Wetaskiwin players represented the community very well.

Open house

Councilor Alan Hilgartner noted he was one of the councilors who attended the local road improvement open house at the Memorial Center Mar. 21. Hilgartner said he felt that the staff members, including CAO Dave Burgess and Director of Infrastructure and Operations Sue Howard handled themselves very professionally.

He said the meeting stayed on track and the large crowd of residents had a lot of great input.

Library computers

Councilor Patricia MacQuarrie also noted the great midget hockey tournament that was held, adding it really contributed to a busy weekend around Wetaskiwin.

MacQuarrie noted the Wetaskiwin Public Library’s computer access is sitting at about 82 per cent, and is a great resource for those residents who don’t have computers at home.

Councilor Kevin Lonsdale also attended the local road improvement open house, the first open house he’s attended as a councilor. “It was a great evening,” said Lonsdale. “It was great to hear what the community had to say.”

He said the city staff did a great job and a lot of excellent input was received.


At the beginning of the council meeting Mayor Gandam noted the city had received a request for a proclamation.

He noted April was being designated, “Dig Safe Month,” to which Gandam responded, “I so declare.”

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