Council is comprised of a Mayor and six Councillors and is the elected decision-making body responsible for the operation of the municipal government. The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer who chairs regular Council meetings and is the key spokesperson for Council. Council aims to be accessible to all its residents, to consider their needs and concerns, and to make financially sound decisions. This fulfills the role of the municipality and enhances the quality of life for all residents.
Term of Office
Section 119 of the Community Charter states that the term of office for Council members, including the Mayor, is four years starting from the first Regular Council Meeting following the election.
Local government elections are held the third Saturday in November, every four years.
Council provides direction to municipal staff who provide a variety of services. The Chief Administrative Officer and senior management team carry out Council's decisions. They conduct the affairs of the municipality according to the law and enforce municipal bylaws and policies.
The current organizational chart shows paid positions and their full-time equivalencies within the municipality. The Personnel Policy provides information about the general employment practices and conditions.
To provide for municipal functions and services, funds are raised through the collection of property taxes. Taxation is calculated in May of each year and is levied against land and improvements.
Section 7 of the Community Charter states that the purposes of a municipality are as follows:
- providing for good government of its community,
- providing for services, laws and other matters for community benefit,
- providing for stewardship of the public assets of its community, and
- fostering the economic, social and environmental well-being of its community.