Council Proceedings

Elected Councillors

The Municipal Government Act ensures all municipalities have Councils whose members are elected in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act.

The Town of Bashaw Council consists of a Chief Elected Official and four Councillors. Bashaw is not divided into constituencies or wards, and each member of Council represents the community as a whole.

The Town Office is your direct link to Council. Town Office staff endeavours to provide as much assistance and current information as possible to ensure that your issue is brought to Council in a timely and impartial manner. Please note that any correspondence with Council becomes part of the council meeting, thereby becoming public record.

Learn more about the role of municipal councillors.

Municipal Councillors Roles

Council Meetings

Council meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers at the Town Office, unless otherwise posted.

The public is welcome to attend all regular council meetings. You may attend for the entire meeting or only when items of interest are in discussion. The agenda is posted outside of Council Chambers, and the agenda package is posted on the website at least 24 hours before the scheduled Council meeting. 

Public Hearings

Public hearings provide opportunities for the general public to provide input on issues such as Land Use Bylaw amendments, disposal of the municipal reserve, road closures, etc. They are held during regular council meetings.

Notifications of all public hearings are advertised in the local newspapers. Written submissions or petitions regarding a particular public hearing must be submitted to the Town Office no later than 3:00 pm on the date of the public hearing.

During public hearings, the chairman will invite input from the floor.  If several members of a group/delegation are present in the Council Chambers and share a common view on a specific item, please appoint one person to act as a spokesperson for the entire group/delegation.

Presenting to Council

If you or your organization has a concern that Council needs to be aware of, or if you would like to make a presentation to Council, you are required to submit a written request by email, fax, or in person. Please address your correspondence to the attention of the Town Manager and submit it at least seven(7) business days prior to the regular council meeting. This request must be legible and contain adequate information to the satisfaction of the Town CAO to ensure that Council can deal with the matter.

Correspondence Requirements:

  • Name, address, and telephone number of the person or organization wishing to make the presentation.
  • Clearly identify the topic being discussed.
  • Clearly identify the request being made to Council (if applicable), and include any background information to support the request.

Once the request meets the satisfaction of the Town Manager, the person or group will be notified with a time and date to attend a meeting of Council.

No delegation shall address Council for longer than 15 minutes, exclusive of the time requried to answer questions from  Council, unless granted a time extension by the Chair.

Reappearing before Council regarding the same matter shall only be permitted once six(6) months has passed from the original presentation.

Council shall hear all delegations who have brought their items of business in accordance with Section 2(d) in the order in which they are placed on the agenda. The order may be changed by a majority vote of members present. All rules of Council in this bylaw shall apply to each and every member of the delegation. Council reserves the right to limit the number of delegations at any one meeting due to time requirements and the need to address remaining business on the agenda.