It's a motion town councillor Alex Reed first spoke of in December and now with the holiday season behind us he has officially given his notice of motion seeking a "sunshine list" of the town's top-paid positions.

Reed believes Cochrane is a progressive community and it's only suiting to have the list available for public consumption in the interest of full transparency.

The motion asks the administration to bring forward a bylaw for council's consideration that would implement the appropriate provisions of the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act for the Town of Cochrane.

Currently, that act calls for the reporting of all salaries paid around the $114,000 mark, says Reed, and while he hasn't researched the topic suspects the list would include a couple of dozen positions within the town staff.

When first established in June 2016, the act allowed for the reporting of salaries of $104,754 but has since been adjusted upwards. 

Reed says it has become quite common for governments to make such lists available.

"This is not unusual," says Reed. "The provinces of Ontario and B.C. have been doing it for over a decade. Our chief administrative officer comes from B.C. and he sees no problem with it."

Largely, it's a matter of being as transparent as possible, says Reed, and 100 per cent of the feedback he has received is supportive of the proposal.

"People want to know what's going on. I've been fully supported by the feedback I've received to date."

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