By-election in Big Valley after mayor resigns | DrumhellerMail
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By-election in Big Valley after mayor resigns

    The Village of Big Valley will soon be heading to the polls after its mayor resigned at the beginning of September.
    Mayor Rick Kargaard tendered his resignation at a special meeting of Big Valley Council on September 2. Representatives from Municipal Affairs were at the meeting.         
    According to council minutes, his resignation came out of an exchange over an invoice from Bill Haldane Appraisals.  Mayor Kargaard gave a letter to administration advising he would be resigning from council immediately.
    Councillor Art Tizzard made the next motion at the meeting to return the invoice received from Bill Haldane Appraisals along with a letter advising invoice should be directed to Rick Kargaard, as council had not approved the expenditure.    
    Councillor Tizzard explained the bill was for an appraisal on the fire hall property.  Recently the County of Stettler had taken over fire protection services.
    “It hadn’t really come up to be sold, but he had taken upon himself to get another appraisal done, and we already had one,” said Tizzard. “It was kind of the third time this has happened, where he has done stuff on his own and we had to cover for him. It was decided that we weren’t going to keep doing this.”
    Tizzard said the village was looking at renting space in a county owned building to act as their village shop. The property is no longer available, and now they are planning to use the former fire hall for its village shops. 
    “The price of the appraisal was ridiculous. The price for one building was nearly $4,000,” said Tizzard.
    The Mail called a listing in the phone book for Kargaard and was met with a message saying the number was no longer in service. The Village of Big Valley office was not able to provide a contact for Kargaard.
     The Big Valley by-election on October 24 is to replace Kargaard. Big Valley has  council of three with seats currently held by councillors Tizzard and Gail Knudsen.  Advanced polls were on Monday, October 17.
    There have been two candidates step up in the by-election. Walter Stefanik previously served as mayor but came in sixth place at the general election last October with 52 votes. His competitor in the race, Lois Miller, also ran last October and garnered 63 votes.

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