Municipal Government Act & Procedural Bylaw
Parts 5 & 6 of the Municipal Government Act focuses on Councils, Councillors, and Council Committees, as well as Municipal Organization. It includes procedures for passing bylaws, making motions, when to call meetings, and responsibilities of Councillors. Meeting Procedures are further defined in our Procedural Bylaw.
Closed Council Sessions
Information from Alberta Municipal Affairs website
What is a Closed Session?
This is a legal term meaning "in private". When a council goes in closed session, it means that the Council Meeting (as defined in the Municipal Government Act (MGA) is closed to the public.
Council members, the CAO, and any others included in the closed session discussion are required to keep in confidence what was discussed until the item is discussed at a Council Meeting held in public.
Section 197 of the MGA prohibits the passing of a resolution or bylaw during a closed session. If a direction or decision is reached in a closed session, then a resolution must be made in the open meeting so that Council's direction is recorded and acted upon.
The media and public cannot attend the closed discussion but are welcome to return to the council meeting following the closed session.
What can be discussed in a closed session? The FOIP Act outlines the discussion items that would allow a council to go into a closed session,
including where a public disclosure could be harmful to:
- Third-party business interests (Sect 16)
- Third-party personal privacy (Sect 17)
- Individual or public safety (Sect 18 and 19)
- Law enforcement (Sect 20)
- Intergovernmental relations (Sect 21-24)
- Economic interests (Sect 25-29)
Public bodies should not:
- Reveal confidential employee evaluations;
- Disclose local public body confidences or advice from officials; or
- Disclose information that is subject to any kind of legal privilege.
- For information on how the FOIP Act affects
municipalities, please visit the Service Alberta Website
Council Meetings Live-Streamed
As of January 2018, Kneehill County Council meetings are live-streamed via YouTube, beginning at 8:30 am the day of the meeting. (Unless otherwise scheduled.)
The morning prior to each Council Meeting, a link to the live-stream will be available on the home page of the Kneehill County website, and on Facebook and Twitter. Residents can also view the meeting through YouTube directly, or subscribe to the YouTube channel.
Following the Council meeting, the live-stream video is timestamped to correspond with the meeting agenda and saved to our YouTube channel archive for viewing.
Please view our Procedural Bylaw for more information.
Council meets twice a month (once during summer) in the Council Chambers at the Kneehill County Administration Building, 1600 - 2nd Street NE. Council Meetings begin at 8:30 am unless otherwise scheduled.
For Council Meeting Agendas, Packages and Minutes, please visit our Agenda Center.