At a meeting held on March 29, 2005, prior to the Regular Meeting
of Council, Council discussed the pecuniary conflict of interest
situation regarding Councillors Eglinski, Rosnau and Schlosser.
Council agreed, at that meeting, that if Councillor Rosnau and
Councillor Schlosser publicly acknowledged the breaches of the
Municipal Government Act and apologized to Council and the
public, Council would not pursue the matter in court.
At the Regular Meeting of Council held March 29, 2005, Councillor
Schlosser acknowledged that he had violated the pecuniary interest
provisions of the Municipal Government Act at the January 24,
2005, Regular Meeting by remaining in the council chambers and
voting on a presentation from his employer, Northern Gateway Regional
School Division No. 10, regarding a possible partnership with
the Town. Councillor Schlosser also acknowledged that he had violated
the pecuniary interest provision of the Municipal Government Act
in relation to an amendment to the Snow Removal Policy
that will require his employer to handle snow removal at school
bus pickup sites. Councillor Schlosser apologized to the Council
and Public for the breaches of the act, noting that they were
that he will ensure that he will not vote on matters affecting
his employer in the future.
At the same meeting, Councillor Rosnau acknowledged that she had
violated the pecuniary interest provision of the Municipal Government
Act at the November 22, 2004, Regular Meeting of Council by
voting on a payment to Beaver Creek General Store, which is owned
by her mother, in the amount of $30.00. At the January 10, 2005,
Regular Meeting of Council, Councillor Rosnau voted on a payment
to the same store in the amount of $28.56.
Councillor Rosnau also acknowledged that she had violated the
pecuniary interest provisions of the Municipal Government Act
in dealing with an FCSS Grant application at a Community Services
meeting held December 14, 2004. The grant application was for
$7,500.00 to pay utility accounts in a building owned by Whitecourt
Leasing. Councillor Rosnau is listed as a director of 256926 Alberta
Ltd., which is a shareholder of Whitecourt Leasing. Councillor
Rosnau apologized to Council and the Public, noting that the breaches
of the act were inadvertent.
With regard to Councillor Eglinski, Council is concerned with
regard to his voting on matters that affect his stepdaughter Shannon
Rosnau. While the Municipal Government Act does not specifically
step-daughter as a relation that would give rise to an issue of
pecuniary interest, Council feels that the intent of the section
of the act is to ensure that members of Council do not vote on
matters where a Councillors vote may be influenced by his
or her relationship with an individual. Council has decided, in
the best interest of the Town, not to pursue this matter in court
to seek a judges opinion on whether a stepchild gives rise
to a possible pecuniary interest.
We thank the citizens of Whitecourt for their patience and understanding
during this process. The Council as a whole confirms this has
been a trying time for all parties involved and is looking forward
to working together as we move towards the future.