News Release October 7, 2019

The Turner Valley Rate Payers Board (TVRPB) is pleased to announce the successful start of regular fall meetings. 23 Turner Valley Residents attended the recent September 30 meeting at the Valley Neighbours Club.

Members elected a Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting held May 23 2019. The following executive and Director Positions were filled:

  • President Todd Williams
  • Vice President Wayne Lapaire
  • Treasurer Glenn Chambers
  • Secretary Tammy Williams
  • Director Beth Carter
  • Director Zane Ashbacher
  • Director Ron Thomson
  • Director Dale Carr
  • Director Jason Martin
  • Director Kevin Gelinas
  • Director Bill Rowe

Many of the directors and executive are founding members and have held their positions since the inception of the organization in 2015.

Some significant accomplishments of the organization include:

  • A review of the Dr. Lander Pool boiler replacement procurement process, which revealed a number of deficiencies in the application of Town approved protocols.
  • An in-depth study of the recycling services offered by the Town which revealed significant gaps in the knowledge of Town staff and Council about the process and end state of a number of categories of recyclables.
  • Hosting and producing successful Candidate Forums.
  • The TVRPB is supportive of Turner Valley Town Council managing no tax increases for two successive budget cycles. The mill rate fell modestly in the 2018 budget cycle and was unchanged in the 2019 budget cycle. Although disappointed that spending has not been reduced, at least is has not increased.
  • The organization is supportive of public meetings and public discourse on local political issues. It is encouraging to see the first public “town hall” meeting. Coffee with Council was hosted by Mayor and Council in June 2019 at the Sheep River Library, fulfilling an election promise.
  • A successful and informative meeting was held in June with guests Amber Ruddy of Council Public Affairs the author of the recent CFIB Municipal Spending Watch Report #9 and Carrie Fischer former Municipal Councilor for Red Water and Okotoks.

We are planning more public meetings to help residents of Turner Valley understand and openly discuss past performance of our Municipal Government as well as community expectations for the future.

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