By Jamie Rieger
Councilors discussed the details of a harassment policy that is being developed for the Town of Bow Island.
The item was fist brought to council at their Dec. 12 meeting, when it was discussed briefly and council requested it be revised to include definitions and other modifications.
Mayor Gordon Reynolds asked each councilor for their input and feedback of the proposed policy.
Coun. Marj Moncrieff indicated that she wanted to see more detail and have sexual harassment included in the document.
“Also, I would like to have a lawyer look at it before we make it final,” said Moncrieff. “We need as much detail and procedure as we can get and step-by-step process of what needs to be done.”
Coun. Nan MacLean agreed with Moncrieff.
Reynolds noted that the development of a harassment policy is not stemming from any major situation, but rather is a policy to be included within the Town’s Human Resource policy.
He also noted that further discussion was needed and an expert consulted before the harassment policy would be adopted by council.
“It will be an effective, easy-to-understand document that will work for staff and for the Town,” said Reynolds.
Minutes from the Dec. 12 regular council meeting that wer e approved at their Jan. 9 meeting included an in-camera land item where Coun. Hyland move that ‘the town purchase Plan 2443AA, Block 15, Lots 1-4 and 21-24 from 1301797 Alberta Ltd. for the price of $74,000 with funding from General Reserves, further the payment for the land be made in two equal payments in 2016 and 2017’.