The regular meeting began with a blessing from Pastor Keith Thompson, chair of the Dawson Creek Ministerial Association. Then mayor and councillors took their oath of office, administered by the Honourable Judge Richard Blaskovits, and witnessed by RCMP Staff Sergeant Milo MacDonald.
Council approved an acting mayor schedule for next year that determines who will represent the City of Dawson Creek each month if Mayor Mike Bernier is unavailable. Council also approved the appointment of newly-elected councillor Duncan Malkinson to the Dawson Creek Municipal Library Board. Malkinson said he is very excited to be appointed to the board and eager to contribute to it.
Mayor Bernier will continue to serve as Dawson Creek’s director on the board of the Peace River Regional District, but will have two councillors serve as alternates in case of his absence – Cheryl Shuman and Sue Kenny. Bernier and Kenny will also serve as director and alternate director, respectively, on the Northeast Regional Advisory Committee to the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
Lastly, Shuman was reappointed to chair a Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel that will also include councillors Charlie Parslow and Terry McFadyen as directors and councillors Malkinson, Kenny, and Shaely Wilbur as alternates. That panel considers any complaints respecting the parcel tax roll and must also authenticate the roll.
Bernier concluded the meeting by congratulating the councillors on being elected, saying he is looking forward to working with them over the next three years to make Dawson Creek the best city it can be. He also thanked his own family and the councillor’s families for their support, saying it is integral to serving in any public office. Lastly, he thanked the citizens of Dawson Creek for their engagement in the election, and promised that city council will continue to engage them at every opportunity as they move forward in the next three years.
Council’s next regular meeting is on Dec. 19.