Tonight's City Council meeting will look a little different as Councillor Dennis Moore is stepping into the place of Mayor Roy Ludwig who is away today.
"Each of us has two months of the year that we are Deputy Mayor," explains Moore, "so mine just happens to fall January/Februray. As we go along, each of the councillors has two months after that. We're responsible for anything that mayor's duties are."
"We fill in as well when there are openings or other important events that the mayor should be at. He does really well in most cases to get out, but if he doesn't there's a deputy mayor ready to slide in to help him out."
"If one or the other can't make it, then you move on to the next person. It works well, especially for new businesses or grand openings. It's pretty hard for one person to cover everything because sometimes there are two or three events in a weekend."
Moore adds that while the agenda may be light, there are some important items.
"We are going to extend additional limit to the city credit card. That's something we haven't done for awhile. When we're out and about and we need to purchase something we don't have the embarrassing moment where it says we're over the limit. I guess that's happened a couple times."
"The utility rates, we're going to give that first reading and that particular piece of business is for when you and I have a sewer break, we'll all pay toward that so that nobody has to cut a big cheque for $12,000-$15,000 to cover that off. That has been an issue that we've been looking at for awhile and we've finally decided that what we're going to do."
Another item on the agenda is the second and third reading of the pest control bylaw which was needed when Conservation officers informed the City that they would no longer be dealing with any wildlife within city limits that was smaller than a deer. City Parks Manager, Rod March has been training to take over the role.