Eckville Town Council Briefs

Social Media Policy, Location for outdoor rink, Town receives Canada Day Grants

Social Media Policy

Town Council discussed how to respond to the community via social media. Dealing with issues with individuals posting on the Town’s Facebook page, councillors carried a motion of not answering back’ publicly. Individuals needing to speak to the Town Office are encouraged to call the office or email the appropriate person.

“I think it opens up a can of worms. If it’s the Town of Eckville I don’t think we should respond. People know how to get a hold of everybody,” said Councillor Sandra Hallgren. “If we answer it looks like we’re defending ourselves.”

When it comes to people complaining, Mayor Helen Posti said many times the people complaining don’t even live in town.

“When you’re talking about social media, it’s a very hard media to defend against,” said CAO Jack Ramsden. “It’s very easy to attack and hard to defend.”

Facebook is not written off for good, instead people can privately message, email or call if they have questions.

Location for outdoor rink

Town Council discussed at length other options on where to put the outdoor rink. The rink is currently 50 feet by 100 feet, with a bigger rink desired.

The rink currently sits just west of the Town’s shop, a location councillors said is somewhat isolated. It would be hard to increase the rink’s size in it’s current location.

Other locations councillors suggested looking at were near the Eckville Junior Senior High School, across from the Eckville District Savings and Credit Union or near the Eckville Friendship Centre. No decision has been finalized.

Town councillors said they would like a committee to be formed for taking care of the outdoor rink and making sure it is well maintained.

Town receives Canada Day Grants

The Town of Eckville received a grant in the amount of $1,450 from Canadian Heritage and $1,012.50 from Lacombe County.

The money will be used for this year’s Canada Day festivities.