New mayor and council officially sworn in to office

Sylvan Lake’s new mayor and council, from left, Jas Payne, Teresa Rilling, Graham Parsons, Megan Hanson, Kendall Kloss, Kjeryn Dakin and Tim Mearns. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake NewsSylvan Lake’s new mayor and council, from left, Jas Payne, Teresa Rilling, Graham Parsons, Megan Hanson, Kendall Kloss, Kjeryn Dakin and Tim Mearns. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
Megan Hanson signing the contract for the new mayor elect. Jared Waldo / Town of Sylvan LakeMegan Hanson signing the contract for the new mayor elect. Jared Waldo / Town of Sylvan Lake
Mayor Megan Hanson (front) with councillors, from left, Tim Mearns, Jas Payne, Kjeryn Dakin, Kendall Kloss, Teresa Rilling and Graham Parsons. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake NewsMayor Megan Hanson (front) with councillors, from left, Tim Mearns, Jas Payne, Kjeryn Dakin, Kendall Kloss, Teresa Rilling and Graham Parsons. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News

In a swearing-in ceremony held Monday afternoon at the Municipal Government Building, Sharon Crooks from Rowanoak Law Office officiated as each of the seven members of the 2021-2025 Town of Sylvan Lake council and the mayor took the oath of office.

Mayor Megan Hanson, and councillors Kjeryn Dakin, Kendall Kloss, Jas Payne, Graham Parsons, Teresa Rilling, and Tim Mearns were sworn in to office.

The ceremony was live-streamed on the Town’s YouTube channel at youtu.be/JXbUg8LaQhs and is now available to watch on the platform.

The mayor and council also met for the first council meeting Monday evening. They carried a motion to allow administration to move forward with researching and developing options for a potential Electronic Scooter Program in town.

In order to provide an alternate form of transportation to residents and visitors, councillors are weighing the pros and cons of bringing this program to town.

An interdepartmental team including Planning and Development, Tourism, Parks and Economic Development met to discuss the topic and one company even came out to show their scooters and how they function.

If the program was to be initiated, the costs for developing this program and the public engagement would come out of the Economic Development operating budget, shared the Oct. 25 council meeting agenda. It is expected that approximately 40 hours of staff time would be required to research a proposed program.

The agenda mentioned that program research will begin early 2022, and once research and option development are complete, information regarding the next steps will be made available.

Council also carried a motion to enter into a Financial Statement Audit Services agreement with BDO Canada LLP for a five-year term, from the 2021 fiscal year to the 2025 fiscal year.