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My March expenses

Each month, Council must submit their billables to the Town. We are paid a base honorarium for meetings and local functions and are also paid per diems and mileage for some of our out of town and other commitments.

In the period between February 16 and Mar. 15, I have claimed an additional $350 in per diems plus $19.50 in mileage.

That is made up of $300 for my 11 hours spent at Northern Lights Library System’s quarterly board meeting Mar. 2, and $50 for our ICF Committee meeting Mar. 11. I also billed mileage for my trip to Bon Accord for our Roseridge meeting Mar. 14. Roseridge pays board members an honorarium for the meetings. As chair, I receive $125 direct from Roseridge. NLLS pays board members mileage for travel to Elk Point for their quarterly meetings. In my case, that is roughly $214. In total, I received $708.50 above my base honorarium from the Town, NLLS and Roseridge.

I spent 55 hours in total on Council business this reporting period, not including time answering stuff on social media or in the public.

Below is a breakdown of those 55 hours. bolded items are items compensated beyond our base honorarium:

Feb. 26 Resident concern .5 hour
Feb. 26 NLLS rep library .5 hour
Feb. 26 Council meeting 5 hours
Feb. 27 Sod turning 1.5 hours
Feb. 28 Festival meeting 3 hours
Mar. 1 French Heritage event 1 hour
Mar. 1 French Heritage Event 2 hours
Mar. 2 NLLS board meeting 11 hours – $300
Mar. 4 Organizing Roseridge 1 hour
Mar. 5 Roseridge strat plan .5 hour
Mar. 5 Resident no show .5 hour
Mar. 5 Admin briefing 2 hours
Mar. 9 MFAGA Brag night 4 hours
Mar. 11 ICF with County 2 hours – $50
Mar. 12 EMRB/Council/COW 5.5 hours
Mar. 14 Roseridge 3 hours? Mileage $19.50
Mar. 15 Roseridge business .5 hours
March meeting prep, agendas, email 12 hours

March 12 Council Meeting Preview

Council meets for our first regular meeting of the month on Mar. 12 at 4 p.m.

On the agenda for this meeting is the following:

1/ The Morinville RCMP will deliver their 3rd quarter report to Council, outlining the number and types of calls they have made over the previous 3 months.

I always find these informative, and it gives us the opportunity to connect with the Detachment.

2/ Council will receive our own 4th quarter report, which includes finances, economic development, programming, fire calls, peace officer calls, and photo enforcement stats.

This provides us with a snapshot of how we are doing in several areas and allows Council to ask questions on the same.

3/ We will also receive a report on what community grants Community Services gave out in the last intake.

This report is presented to us by Administration. Staff at Community Services approve or disapprove of the grants based on a number of criteria.

4/ Direct Control Districts

At the last committee of the whole, we had a conversation on dealing with Direct Control Districts, which are land use situations whereby Council is the Development Authority as opposed to staff. Tuesday we will discuss and give some direction on how we want to deal with those situations in the future.

5/ We are also being asked to deal with the Council Sponsorship Policy, which governs how Council provides funding to some events, usually charitable, in town.

I’ve never been a fan of the name. It isn’t Council’s money – it’s your money.

5/ Special Committee of the Whole

After Council we will have a special committee of the whole meeting to discuss the current Strategic Plan.

I will provide an update on the outcome and decisions made at the meeting after next week’s meeting.

You can download and review the agenda at https://www.morinville.ca/doc-library/council/council-regular-council-agenda-packages/2019-regular-council-agenda-packages/1529-2019-03-12-agenda-package/file

Disclaimer: Views Expressed On This Website Are Purely Those Of Councillor Stephen Dafoe.

Recycling Changes In Morinville [video]

On Jan. 29, the Town of Morinville hosted a recycling info session outlining the changes to recycling in Morinville. Above is the video of that presentation.

FAQs from the event can also be found at https://www.morinville.ca/services/waste-management.

Below is a little segment I did to explain a couple of common plastics.

Disclaimer: Views Expressed On This Website Are Purely Those Of Councillor Stephen Dafoe.

Welcome To The Revised Website

A long time ago a resident made a joke on a local social media page about how fast I get back to people’s question with answers.

Taking a play on my last name and the search engine Google, the resident called me DAFOOGLE.

I thought it was funny. Residents thought it was funny. I bought the domain and made a silly little website called Dafoogle.com where you could get the phone numbers of all the Town’s restaurants, links to email Town departments directly with your issues, and my occasional commentary on decisions Council has made on everything from cannabis legislation to recycling changes.

Taking a play off the Wizard of Oz, the movie Zardoz, and Marlon Brando’s portrayal of Jor-El in Superman the Movie, I created the image for Dafoogle that you see to the left.

I thought it was funny. Many of you thought it was funny. But a few of my colleagues didn’t like it, the site and apparently my willingness to be quick to respond to Morinville resident concerns with timely and factual information.

So I decided to take the old site down and build a new one where the “BRANDING” is perhaps more acceptable to those fellow elected officials who had an issue with it.

I’ll use this new site to do what I promised to do in the last two elections – communicate with you about what you need to know.

I was elected by you. I work for you. I am accountable to you.

-SD

Disclaimer: Views Expressed On This Website Are Purely Those Of Councillor Stephen Dafoe.

Feb. 12 Council Meeting Preview

Council meets tonight. Once again, there is not a lot on the agenda.

1/ Sturgeon Victim Services Association is making a presentation to us.

2/ Bilingual Municipalities Association is looking for us to be a member. The recommendation is that we join but without sending a councillor to their meetings.

3/ We have an eight-page report on the condition of lanes in Morinville. In the 2019 budget we have allocated restoring the lane parallel to 100 St. from 100 Avenue to 99 Avenue.

4/ CAO Performance Evaluation Committee is to be established. Recommendation (not sure who’s) is to have three members of council do the evaluation, which must be done by June 15.

5/ And we will adjust the Deputy Mayor Rotation

Mayor Rotation Schedule as follows:
Councillor L. Giffin February 26, 2019 – October 29, 2019
Councillor N. Boutestein October 29, 2019 – June 23, 2020
Councillor S. Hall June 23, 2020 – February 23, 2021
Councillor S. Richardson February 23, 2021 – October 25, 2021

Disclaimer: Views Expressed On This Website Are Purely Those Of Councillor Stephen Dafoe.

Cannabis in Morinville

On Oct. 9 Council decided 4-3 to go with the province’s rules on cannabis consumption.

Yes, I know, a few weeks before Council voted 4-3 to bring a bylaw forward.

The administration did bring a bylaw forward and it was a good one, in my opinion. It allowed residents to consume a legal product. However, it was not very different than what the province’s cannabis rules were.

So, I made a motion to accept the bylaw as info only and to review the idea of a bylaw if needed down the road. Councillor Hall asked to amend that motion to review the idea of a bylaw within a year. I like when we can collaborate on motions like that.

Our motion to not have a bylaw passed narrowly – 4-3.

So as of Oct. 17, when cannabis is legal, here is what you need to know.

WHERE CAN I CONSUME CANNABIS

We are using the provincial rules, which means:

1/ No cannabis consumption where you cannot smoke tobacco

Below is info from the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act

Smoking prohibited
3 Subject to section 5, no person shall smoke
(a) in a public place,
(b) in a workplace,
(b.1) in a vehicle in which a minor is present,
(c) in a public vehicle, or
(d) within a prescribed distance from a doorway, window or air intake of a public place or workplace.

– Source Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act
http://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/Acts/T03P8.pdf

2/ Here are the other places you can’t smoke or vape cannabis.

Within 5-metres of …

– a playground
– a sports or playing field
– a skateboard or bicycle park
– a zoo
– an outdoor theatre
– an outdoor pool or splash pad

You can’t smoke in any motor vehicle except those being used as temporary residences, such as parked RVs

You also won’t be able to consume cannabis at any cannabis retail outlets, but those outlets will tell you that.

– Source https://www.alberta.ca/cannabis-framework.aspx#p6241s4

WHAT ABOUT GROWING CANNABIS

The federal government allows adults to grow up to 4 plants per household, so long as the seeds are bought from licensed cannabis retailers.

Renters, condo-dwellers and those who live in multi-family dwellings may not be allowed to grow cannabis in their homes based on rules in rental agreements or condominium bylaws.

– Source https://www.alberta.ca/cannabis-framework.aspx#p6241s4

WHERE CAN I BUY CANNABIS

Long before Council debated a consumption bylaw, we debated whether or not you could have a cannabis store here.

That passed some time back, which means anyone who wanted to open a cannabis shop in town could, so long as they met the provincial requirements.

On legalization day, there will be no shops in Morinville, but that is not due to the town.

As I learned at a recent Chamber luncheon, there are two potential shops for Morinville in the works.

Whether or not they will open, is not something Council would be involved in.

Disclaimer: Views Expressed On This Website Are Purely Those Of Councillor Stephen Dafoe.