By-election date set
Estevan residents will go to the polls in a by-election on April 24, 2014.
The announcement was made during Estevan City Council's meeting on December 16. The by-election became necessary after Councillor Chris Istace announced his resignation from council; Istace's departure officially takes effect on January 1.
City clerk Judy Pilloud will serve as the returning officer.
Candidates will not have to submit to a criminal record check, but they will have to disclose their campaign-related expenses.
Mail-in ballots will not be sent out to residents.
Council will operate with five councillors and Mayor Roy Ludwig until Istace's replacement is elected.
Other highlights from the meeting were:
*Council denied the request from the South East Cornerstone Public School Division for the division's employee recognition night. Cornerstone had asked for a donation for three recognition nights, which will happen in the spring of 2014.
*Council reaffirmed its support for the new track-and-field facility that will be built in Estevan. The City will commit $336,000 over the next five years – equivalent to $67,200 a year – with the first payment due on May 1, 2014. The track will be owned by South East Cornerstone. Councillor Greg Hoffort said the motion from council will help the Summer Games committee as they begin the process of financing for the track, and seeking community support.
*Two new out-of-scope employee policies were approved. One is an employment conditions policy that will provide out-of-scope workers with consistent, reliable and transparent benefits and employment conditions. The other is a performance appraisal policy that the City hopes will create a culture of high performance.
*The proposed public works equipment rates for 2014 were approved. The projected rates amount to about $710,000. It is hoped that the equipment will be colour-coded in the future, so that it's easier to break down the equipment that belongs to each business division.
*Chemical tenders for the water treatment plant were approved. Border Chemical was awarded the aluminum sulphate tender for $61,900. Brenntag was awarded the chlorine tender for $15,603.80 and the ammonium sulphate contract for $7,800; and ClearTech was awarded the potassium permanganate tender for $15,880; the fluorosilicic acid tender for $9,900.80; and the sodium hydroxide solution tender for $48,230.00.
*Council repealed a City manager's bylaw. The bylaw had been passed in 1989, and it was viewed as antiquated because of the job description it listed for the City manager.