Councillor Marcel Michaels - Acknowledging that this is the last Regular Meeting before Canada Day, Michaels encouraged residents to come out for the Fohn festival, held in Green Square on Canada Day. He also reminded residents that the Fohn Festival Society has arranged for a CF-188 Hornet Flyover, scheduled to be held at 2:25pm.
Councillor Stuart Taylor - Councillor Taylor offered his thanks to Randy Smith for his work with Seniors Days. He also acknowledged Aboriginal Day, saying the BBQ held by HELP had a great turnout. He also expressed his gratitude for the community support that has gone into the establishment of a community resource room within HELP's facility. Taylor went on to mention the coming Rocky Mountain Voyageur Canoe Brigade, saying he was excited for their arrival at the Athabasca Riverfront park boat dock and accompanying events over the next week.
Councillor Matthew Young - Councillor Young informed Council that the library hiring process is nearing completion, also acknowledging the work of Pam Stewart and the Town in helping make the process simple and efficient.
Mayor Rob Mackin - Mayor Mackin also reported having attended the HELP event, and went on to speak in regards to the Riverfront Brigade events happening over the weekend, encouraging residents to visit their Facebook page for more information
Mayor Mackin also reported having spoken with Mike Norton, of the Canadian Forestry Service, and continuing to work with stakeholders in discussion around the Mountain Pine Beetle.
Interim CAO Laura Howarth - Howarth informed Council that MPB remediation is winding down, and that administration expects to have taken down over 80% of target trees, a key measure for success of the initiative.
Howarth offered a reminder that residents should not bring dogs near the lodge structure of the Beaver Boardwalk, and that dogs should be kept on leash on all paved trails. She informed Council that most residents have been obeying this, and that as result, there has been visible work done by beavers to fix the natural interpretive area.
Howarth offered an update on spray patching currently being undertaken on town roads, saying this effort should be complete soon. She offered a piece of advice to residents, asking that they don't drive around the loose gravel, encouraging them to instead drive on it which helps complete the patching work.