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Donna Lee Jungkind was re-elected as deputy mayor on Jan. 30.

Jungkind and Coun. Vince McKay both put their names forward to serve as deputy mayor.

A vote by all six councillors resulted in a tie.

The tie was broken by Mayor Brad Mapes, who opted to have Jungkind remain deputy mayor.

Legislative assembly to reconvene Feb. 7

The third session of the 18th Legislative Assembly reconvenes on Feb. 7.

The following day, Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod will table the GNWT’s 2018-2019 operations budget.

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According to a GNWT news release, the budget will outline operational spending plans for the 2018-2019 fiscal year in the face of continued economic uncertainty and stagnant revenues.

 

Council seat to remain vacant

Town council has opted to leave vacant the seat of Coun. Roger Candow, who resigned early in January.

Council had three options for the seat – leave it vacant, appoint someone to fill the seat or hold a by-election.

The decision to leave the seat vacant was not a surprise considering municipal elections will be held later this year.

In addition, council did not fill another vacant seat when a councillor resigned just over a year ago.

Deficiencies at Woodland Manor

Mike Maher, public administrator of the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority, updated town council Jan. 30 on an expansion project at Woodland Manor to accommodate 10 extended care beds currently in the old H.H. Williams Memorial Hospital.

Maher said, according to the Department of Infrastructure, phone lines will be hooked up Feb. 15, an outside deck will be raised to threshold height, and a dip on shower stalls will be corrected to zero threshold.

The $6.3-million project began in August 2016 and completion had been anticipated by the end of 2017.

Maher said the Department of Infrastructure and the contractor are now looking at a March 18 move-in date.

Four named to Board of Revision

Four members were appointed to the 2018 Board of Revision at the Jan. 30 meeting of council.

They are Peter Maher, Alvin Pitre, John Suwala and Gary Vizniowski

The board hears complaints about property tax assessments.

Paul Bickford

Paul Bickford is the reporter for Hay River Hub.

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