The Council of the County of Vermilion River is comprised of seven Councillors who are elected for four year terms:
Council oversees all municipal activities, including:
- Municipal planning and zoning by-laws
- Land development
- Property taxes
- The borrowing of money for capital expenditures
- Bylaw Enforcement
- Fire protection
- Recreation programs and facilities
- Building standards
- Storm sewer, sidewalk, road maintenance and improvement
- Water & sewage
- Disposal of garbage
All of these powers are delegated to the municipality from the Government of Alberta through legislative Acts and Regulations.
Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers at the County Office at 9:00 A.M. and are open to the public. Any changes to the meeting schedule will be posted on the Upcoming Events Calendar on our home page. This schedule may change at any time. Any person who wishes to speak at a Council meeting may do so provided that notice is first given to the County Administrator using this Request for Appointment Form, no later than one week preceding the Council meeting.
The meetings of Council and its Committees are regulated by the rules contained in the Council Procedures Bylaw. Procedures have evolved over the years and are intended to facilitate efficient handling of Council business. The provisions of the Procedures Bylaw are observed both by Council and by its Committees.
Council 2021 - 2025
Council 2021 - 2025, left to right: Deputy Reeve Clinton Murray, Councillor Dale Swyripa, Councillor Marty Baker,
Reeve Stacey Hryciuk, Councillor Jason Stelmaschuk, Councillor George Kuneff, Councillor Leslie Cusack.
GREETINGS FROM COUNCIL:
On behalf of your 2021-2025 elected Council, Marty Baker, Dale Swyripa, George Kuneff, Jason Stelmaschuk, Les Cusack, Clinton Murray and myself, Stacey Hryciuk, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to our ratepayers and staff for the many expressions of support we received over the past four years and we look forward to our next term. It is my pleasure to serve as your Reeve with Clinton Murray as Deputy Reeve.
To say Council has seen extreme changes over the past four years would be an understatement. We have witnessed our ratepayers working through some of the most challenging hardships experienced in many years and the County of Vermilion River has not been left untouched. We thank our Directors and administration staff for their efforts in sharing their knowledge and experience in order for Council make consistent and viable decisions.
Even with the struggles of a slow economy, Council has strived to build and maintain through strategic budgeting. It was once again a very busy year for all departments and a big thanks goes out to our frontline employees who continually work in the eye of the public on designated projects, maintenance and unforeseen issues as they arise.
Over the past four years we have went from extreme amounts of moisture to drought which is evident by the vast amount of empty sloughs across the landscape. We have seen workloads increase in all departments due to Government mandates, rural crime, emergency response calls, influx of noxious weeds, pests and club root. We are experiencing increased pressures with the downloading from the Provincial Government like never before in the area of costs of policing and this has lead to making difficult budget decisions. We have all felt the impact of the rise in rural crime and understand how important it is to keep up a high level of RCMP and Community Peace Officer presence in the County.
No one can argue there are tough decision ahead due to the status of the current local economy. Council is reviewing all areas of finance and department budgets and we are fully aware adjustments will need to be made to ensure a sustainable future.
Together we will work hard for our ratepayers to continue to maintain a high level of integrity and a focus on delivering services with fiscal responsibility.
Reeve Stacey Hryciuk