City of Wetaskiwin council meeting notes

Therese Myndio, assistant city manager, was appointed by council to take on the role of interim city manager at its Sept. 14 meeting.

Interim CAO named

Therese Myndio, assistant city manager, was appointed by council to take on the role of interim city manager at its Sept. 14 meeting.

This position is until the CAO recruitment process is complete and council passes the motion to appoint someone to the permanent position.

Former city manager Ted Gillespie announced his intent to retire to council in mid-July of this year.

City to host public auction

Also approved during the meeting was a motion for council to hold a public auction to dispose of the city’s tax sale properties.

“There are now 11 properties within the City of Wetaskiwin with tax arrears that have progressed through the collection process and are now eligible for public auction,” said Coun. Joe Branco.

“Every year we go through the tax recovery process,” said Jeff Reige, manager of finance.

Coun. Wayne Neilson wanted to know if people would have the opportunity to move their tax position back into the positive before the auction.

The auction is set to take place Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. in council chambers and people will have the opportunity to clear their debt right up until the auction starts. “They have to have it done prior to 10 o’clock that morning,” said Reige.

“From a historical perspective, do we see many of these actually make the auction? The last couple years we’ve had two I think . . . the last thing the city wants to do is sell someone’s property,” he added.

Anything sold at the auction will be at fair market value, as specified in the motion.