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Eckville Town Council wraps up 2018

The last regular meeting of 2018 was on Dec. 17

Eckville Town Council met for its final regular meeting of 2018 on Dec. 17.

The meeting unveiled the final draft of the proposed 2019 Operating and Capital Budget, renewed the Town’s membership in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and appointed an auditor for the municipality.

Topics from the final draft of the proposed 2019 Operating and Capital Budget included an anticipated Municipality Property Tax increase of two per cent and a $3.14 million operating budget.

The proposed 2019 budget will return to council in the New Year to review utility rates.

On Dec. 17, council unanimously passed to renew the Town’s membership in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for 2019.

The membership is seen as a benefit to the municipality and the fee is included in the 2019 proposed budget.

Council also agreed to appoint the Red Deer firm of MNP to provide financial audit services to the Town for 2018 financial statements.

The Town began working with MNP for the 2014 financial statements and are looking at a call for proposals for the years 2019 to 2021.

A cell phone booster at the Town Shop has been installed and the Town’s cannabis signs will be at the three entrances of town, and in public parks, school grounds and at other public sites.

FCSS and the Neighbourhood Place hosted a meeting at the Friendship Centre for surrounding areas to learn about abuse of seniors, including financial abuse, on Dec. 18.

The Town of Eckville has received a grant of just under $4,500 for mental health.

The Town has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association to train an animator to help facilitate mental health strategies to be used with students, the community and parents.

The program will be run through FCSS and the Neighbourhood Place.

Regular Council meetings will resume on Jan. 14, 2019.

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