When provincial legislation requires the Village of Halkirk to advertise a bylaw or council resolution before it is approved, the electors have an opportunity to submit a petition to require the bylaw or resolution to be put to a public plebiscite.
Borrowing bylaws and loan guarantee bylaws are the most common types of advertised bylaws that electors may petition. Once a bylaw of this type has received first reading at a public council meeting, the Village of Halkirk must advertise the bylaw at least once a week for two consecutive weeks in the newspaper.
The Village of Halkirk advertises in the East Central Alberta (ECA) Review. To be considered sufficient, a petition must be filed with the Village o f Halkirk’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) within 15 days after the last date the bylaw is advertised.
For advertised bylaws other than borrowing bylaws and loan guarantee bylaws, the petition must be filed with the CAO within 60 days after the last date the bylaw is advertised. The MGA does not allow electors to petition road closure bylaws or bylaws related to planning and development.