Is a Sunshine list in the works for the Town of Cochrane? If town councillor Alex Reed has his way, one will be forthcoming.

Reed will be asking town administration to prepare a motion to be considered sometime early in the New Year to participate in the Public Sector Transparency Act that basically provides what is widely referred to as "sunshine lists" for higher paid government officials.

"At the next Council meeting, I will ask administration to prepare a motion, for sometime in early in the New Year, to have our town administration participate in the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act in spirit of full transparency," explains Reed in a memo.

He continues to says town chief administrative officer Dave Devana is in support of preparing the motion.

In June 2016, the Alberta expanded those who must be included on the list. Alberta Government staff who earned more than $104,754 in 2015 were required to have their compensation information posted online. It includes contracts for deputy ministers, senior officials and employees within the offices of ministers and the Premier who are above the earning threshold.

In addition, all of the approximately 150 agencies, boards and commissions, including universities, are required to have their compensation publicly posted that exceed the threshold.

In relation to the total compensation and severance provided to an employee by a public sector, education or municipal body, the original threshold was established at $150,000 for income reported for 2015. The act allows for the amount to be adjusted annually by the Alberta Consumer Price Index.

Reed is currently on out-of-town and unavailable for further comment.

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