|In 2015, Council struck a task force with the mandate to review council remuneration. In addition to remuneration, the task force was asked to review whether it was merited to move to a full-time mayor position. During its review, the task force recognized the increased demands on the office of the mayor due to growth, but it was believed that a decision to move to full-time was premature in 2015. It was recommended by this task force that:
Council strongly consider a move to full-time mayor for the 2017 election based on current trends in growth and business development and that a task force be struck in early 2017 to determine specifically if those trends are continuing and thus a full-time mayor is warranted for the City of Spruce Grove.
This recommendation was approved by resolution of Council on July 13, 2015. A copy of the resolution is included within this report as Attachment A.
A terms of reference is attached that discusses the composition, scope, and reporting deadline for the Task Force on Mayoralty Status. The task force will be comprised of three to five public members who reside in Spruce Grove and meet the eligibility requirements of an elector under the Local Authorities Election Act. The City Clerk’s Office will provide research and administrative support to the task force, and the City Clerk will assume the role of staff advisor on the task force.
The scope of the task force will be to review the positional status of the Office of the Mayor, and if required, the remuneration for a full-time mayor. Review of Aldermen compensation will not occur during this review, as a comprehensive review of Spruce Grove council’s remuneration occurred in 2015 in accordance with Policy 5,016, Council Remuneration Policy. The next review is scheduled to occur in 2019.