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Town Council - Portable crosswalk coming soon

posted Jun 18, 2018, 7:34 AM by Kathy Carr

The long-awaited draft of the auditor’s report for 2016 showed a surplus in that year. Council of the Town of Carberry met for the June meeting on the 10th, with Deputy Mayor Barry Anderson in the chair due to  Mayor Olm­stead being away at a previously scheduled event. Councillors Jaime MacGregor and John Anderson were the only ones in attendance, and thus moved and carried every resolution at the meeting.
Candace Turchinski of MNP brought forward the 38-page report. She exp­lained that while a net surplus ($315,365) for the year was “good news,” it came about due to a decrease in the expense of the debenture proceeds. 2015 showed a net surplus of $78,504.
MNP is now free to devote their efforts to getting the 2017 done by the fall, which will bring the town up to date. This will also allow them to apply for certain gas tax rebates which hinge on having an audit done.
CAO Jones noted that the staff is going “back to the basics” at auditor’s recommendation and keeping track of more paperwork, rather than relying only on electronic information. The inability to find, for example, an invoice that could be in either an municipal or town file, should be lessened, if there are copies placed in both municipality’s records. The extra time in copying should be made up by less time in accessing what is needed.
Council gave approval to the 2016 audit.
The financial statement for May was approved and accounts, totaling $49,497.71 were approved for payment.
Public Works
Public Works Fore­man, Mike Sudak attended with a number of items. 
During their routine testing, it was learned that there are three hydrants that are not working properly. He is ordering the parts (mostly gaskets) and the repairs will be completed in short order. As each is repaired they will be fitted with an isolation valve, so that if one fails, it does not affect the others down the line. He noted that some need to be raised higher out of the ground as well. He has ordered a gauge that will read the number of gallons per minute at each hydrant, and will continue testing once he has it. 
Coupled with the repairs, he plans to do a training session for both the fire department and the public works.
The sewer repair needed on Jardine will commence once he has all the quotes in.
Currently we do not have emerald ash borers in this part of the province, but “they are coming.” He wishes to put up signs at the entrances into town reminding the public how not to spread this disease. 
Sudak has had experience with the disease while employed in Ontario. He noted there is a trap that would show if the bugs are in the area long before there is evidence in the 140 ash trees in Carberry. It will catch other bugs besides the ash borer, but they are easy to identify, as they are quite a size, bright green and “ugly.” As they are not expensive, he was ad­vised to get a couple of them.
Later in the meeting, Wayne Blair, who attended the meeting, noted that there are still a few elms with Dutch Elm Disease in town. He wondered whether there was funding available to remove trees that are affected. 
It was noted that trees on your own property are your responsibility. How­ever, they could apply for funding for a partial reimbursement under a provincial program.
Funding has been received through the Carberry and Area Com­munity Foundation for a portable crosswalk – about 1/3 of the cost. Council will pay the other 2/3. There was discussion as to which corner it would be best on: Main St. and 2nd Ave, or Main St. and 1st. At 1st Ave., there are a lot of children coming from the school, but at 2nd Ave., there is the additional adult traffic going to the post office.  They will settle on one location, but it is portable and can be moved to another location as well.
Other business
By resolution, council accepted the proposed concept plans as presented by Ryan Develop­ments and supports in principle the subdivision of lots 1 and 2 PT. 3 of Plan 56610.
The Truck Route and Dangerous Goods, By-Law 2115, is currently under review. They will meet to discuss, review and finalize the legislation.
Council removed an unpaid invoice from the ledger because they could not collect it without taking legal action. For­tunately, it was only $17.50.
The employee agreement, proposed for 2018-2020 was also given approval.
Gary Sallows was appointed as town representative on the Library Board.
Other resolutions were passed as a result of the May joint meeting with the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford.
CDC Tricia Zander, CAO Sandra Jones were approved to attend the Tourism Westman Gala on June 13 in Gladstone, at a cost of $40, shared jointly.
Council agreed to support the Sandhills Golf and Country Club through rental of on-course signage at a cost of $150, shared.
Two office staff were authorized to attend the “Be Ready for Cannabis Legalization” on June 26 in Brandon, at a cost of $249.
CAO Sandra Jones was approved to attend the Municipal Elections Seminar on June 22 in Brandon, also cost-shared jointly.
General Business
Council agreed to charge .25 per voter to the school divisions for sharing the voters’ information. This will help offset the considerable costs incurred in making the list up.
If an invoice for public works’ custom work is left unpaid, then it costs the municipality more than the amount of the invoice to try and receive payment. They passed an addition of 2 ½% interest monthly on unpaid ac­counts in excess of 30 days. (This does not refer to tax bills!)
In order to assure that the town receives the taxes owing on properties in tax sale, council passed a resolution placing a reserve bid amounting to the tax arrears and costs, which will be placed on tax sale properties.
Council approved the purchase of a B2324 loader B Series 54” skid steer bucket at a cost of $5142.86 plus taxes, with $3900 being taken out of the equipment reserve (2017) and the balance from the equipment operating budget (2018).
The proposed addition to the fire department building (anticipated to cost $400,000) needs of commitment of $200,000 from each council to go ahead. It was pointed out that the fire department will provide labour on the inside of the building and Councillor J. Anderson noted that he will encourage them to provide some fundraised dollars as well.
There was an issue in the tax statements inserts, so that the town tax bills have not been mailed. This has shortened the time for the largest discount and they discussed whether it should be extended. This could be done, but with a considerable amount of effort to change the software program. As there will still be two weeks left when the tax bills are out, it was decided to leave it as is. 
The Co-Chairs of the Carberry Plains Museum sent assurances that they realize that council members cannot attend every event held, although they would welcome them at any fundraisers they do have.
This prompted Coun­cillor MacGregor to say that she would rather have people’s concerns expres­sed by coming to a meeting, rather than put on social media.
The CN Community Report was received.
Around the table
Councillor Anderson noted that a fundraising committee for the new rink has been formed, with Jamie Smart at the helm. He is eagerly anticipating another meeting.
CAO Jones noted that she has limited information to share from Mor­den, that has instituted a town-wide free internet. She understands there will be some kind of an informational meeting at some point.
Anderson had questioned “Who has the rights to the King Spud logo?” He will contact a former McCain employee to find out. 
Wayne Blair questioned why there is no signage on the dog-walking area in the north end. How is anyone to know what it is, unless they are local? This lead to a suggestion that there could be signage on the highway so that people travel­­ling with dogs might be enticed to go into town to give their animal a break. Blair suggested providing an access for vehicles, but MacGregor noted that she was not willing to remove trees for that purpose. She felt that there could be signage indicating where to park on Wheatland Drive, and the dog could be walked to the enclosure.
Adjournment came at a near record time of 8:25! This was especially good for the reporter, who came out of retirement to attend this meeting (and is rusty!)

by Gloria Mott

Municipal Council - Update on what is happening in the Public Works department

posted Jun 18, 2018, 7:31 AM by Kathy Carr

The council of North Cypress-Langford met on Monday morning, June 11, at 8:45, with Reeve Adriaansen in the chair, and all members present except Jackson. Also present were CAO Jones, Development Officer McEntee, and Public Works Foreman Dave Chandler.
Chandler was present to bring council up to date on work under way. He has been asked to widen an approach for Roger Haynes, whose property is on the western boundary of the municipality. His approach is across a deep ditch, which will require a backhoe to remove the present culvert, a new culvert pipe, and quite a bit of fill to bring the extra width up to level. Haynes has offered clay from his yard for the purpose.
Council agreed that work being done on the municipal road allowance should be done at municipal expense, to ensure that control of the work is maintained. Chandler was instructed to get the work done as cost-effectively as possible.
Chandler reports that he has a couple of quotes to bring the municipality’s dispatch radios up to quality. He will require nine new units and four of the present ones overhauled, for a price of $6500. He recommended the quote of Prairie Mobile Communications, because he is more comfortable with the units they offered (Kenwoods). The other quote he had was for virtually the same price, but had a different manufacturer’s units.
Chandler went on to ask what could be done about a recent situation where three roads were closed simultaneously to accommodate the work of electrical and water crossings. Several local people and the public works crew were seriously disrupted, and the first Chandler heard about it was from the people inconvenienced. He asked whether local contractors needed council permits to do work of this kind. He was assured that the crossings involved were indeed approved (quite a while ago) and that all crossing app­rovals contained a clause that requires contractors to advise and coordinate with the Works Foreman. Part of the trouble is that where the crossings are simple, Development Of­ficer McEntee may issue a temporary approval, and the full permit, with conditions, may not be sent out for some time. 
etters will be sent to the two major local contractors (Smart’s and Sand­hills) reminding them of the need to consult with the foreman, and asking for a minimum of 48 hours’ notice.
Chandler had prepared an estimate for the work and materials needed to bring  Lessard’s road up to municipal standards, as requested at the previous meeting. His figure, which he thought was conservative, was $25,000, of which the municipality would pay half. He suggested that council make approval conditional on receiving evidence that Manitoba Hydro has been paid to put the planned power line into the workshop site.
Councillor Campbell questioned what was being done about the frost boils appearing on the road from Wellwood to Edrans, and elsewhere in the municipality. Chand­ler agreed that the past winter has been unusually hard on the roads, and that he is working to get the holes filled as quickly as possible.
Names were provided, if any additional beaver controllers were needed, but at this time we are staffed sufficiently.
Council thanked Chandler, who returned to work, while the council returned to their meeting.
Planning Matters:
Council then held a Public Hearing to discuss some variation and conditional use orders.
Sprucewoods Colony has been working for some time with Manitoba Sustainable Development and an engineering firm to develop a design for a manure handling facility to replace the present one for their hog operation. They have come up with a design that MSD can accept, that would require a variation order to reduce the setback of the facility from the road allowance for Rd 69N from 328’ to 150’.
The nearest neighbour to the facility, R. Drys­dale, has asked why the new facility is located so far to the east of the present one. He submits that the further west it is located, the greater setback from the road allowance can be maintained, and that though the present location is about 800’ further than required from his property, any additional distance would help with the inevitable odor issues.
In reply, Joey Waldner of Sprucewoods Colony stated that the intervening space to the west of the proposed facility is designated for an upgrade to the colony’s domestic lagoon. He also noted that the colony intends to plant a double row of poplars around the facility both for the aesthetics and as a windbreak which should reduce the spread of odor.
There were another two matters for the Public Hearing; a Conditional Use Order to approve a ten-acre subdivision for a Rural Non-Farm Dwel­ling in an AG zone, for Ray Whaley to build for a family member. The second is a Variation Order to approve that the balance of the 80-acre parcel (70 acres) be allowed in a zone where the minimum size of an agricultural parcel is 80 acres. The land in question is not intended for cropping, and is kept for pasture and wildlife habitat as is the adjacent 80-acre parcel to the west, owned by Mr. Whaley’s brother. No public submissions were received.
Council closed the Public Hearing and returned to their agenda.
Larry Wollman of Springhill Colony came before council to present the latest proposal for the route of the fibre optic cable being run from Acadia Colony to Spring­hill Colony by the HBNI (Hutterite Broadband Network Inc.). The route goes from the east side of Highway 5 along the right of way for Road 82N to Road 89W, and then north by 89W to Road 84N, where it follows the correction line and continues on up 89W to the end of NCL (at Rd 85N) and on to Springhill Colony at Rd 88N. There will have to be considerable care taken along the route; the simple work will be done with a vibratory plow, but there are places that will have to be directionally drilled — past the housing south of Hwy 16, under the Stony Creek, under the highway itself and the industrial land on the north side of the highway. All along the residential properties, the line will pass over the water lines, which are buried to eight feet. The fibre line will be buried to four feet. It will be in conduit, with vaults as necessary to break the run into manageable sections. Concern was raised about the possible problems if water lines must be repaired and the fibre line is accidentally damaged during the excavation. Wollman assured council that the line would be registered with ‘click before you dig,’ and the liability would fall on the contractor. HBNI will also be insured. The municipality will have no liability.
Council thanked Wol­lman for keeping them up to date, and for listening to their previously expres­sed concerns about the route originally chosen.
Returning to business, council passed resolutions approving the Variation Orders and Conditional Use Orders presented at the Public Hearing. In the case of Sprucewoods Colony, the Variation Order is conditional upon the Colony’s receiving all necessary permits approvals and licenses from Manitoba Sustainable Develop­ment, and that a shelter belt of trees be established aroun­d the facility. The two Orders for Ray Whaley were app­roved as presented.
A motion was also passed to authorize the purchase of radios from Prairie Mobile Radio as recommended by Fore­man Chandler. The funds will come from the equipment reserve.
The foreman was also approved to upgrade the road into Taylor Lessard’s land at a cost to the municipality (at 50% of the total) of $12,000 once proof has been received that Manitoba Hydro has been paid to run power into the property.
There are concerns that work done by Ryan Smith on his property may not be to the proper specifications of the municipality. The trees planted may be too close to the road, and the shut-off for the hyd­rant is not on municipal property but on Smith’s property right next to the hydrant. A survey would help to clarify this, and the municipality will have to assert the right to access the valve, and to require pruning or relocation of the trees if there are visibility or snow drifting issues. Smith has been asked to apply for a Variation Order.
The Planner has received a request from Mark and Pam Sumner to build a second dwelling on the quarter that they and their parents run a farming operation (MEC Farms Ltd.). As this is to be a second dwelling for a member of the family actively involved in the farming operation, council agreed that it was a permissible use in the AG zone, and authorized Plan­ner McEntee to issue a building permit.
Council moved to app­rove the route presented by Larry Wollman for the fibre optic link bet­ween Acadia and Spring­hill Colonies.
Council also approved an electrical crossing of Rd 57N between SE19 10 14WPM and NE18 10 14WPM for Don Dickson of Dickson Farm Ven­tures Ltd., on condition that the wire be encased in a sleeve, and that the top of the sleeve be a minimum of 3’ below the lowest point of the crossing.
An application has been received from David Baron for the subdivision of two adjacent ‘dryland corners’ of quarters ser­ved by irrigation pivots. The resulting roughly triangular plot is to be used for grain and vegetable storage. Since this is an ac­ceptable agricultural use in an AG zone, council approved the subdivision of the 8.417 acre parcel described from the half section known as S12 12 16WPM.
The planner has received a request from Sheldon Wiebe of J.P. Wiebe Ltd. to remove an old culvert across Rd 59W (apparently once used to house a water crossing) and replace it with a new buried 8” water line from SE33 10 13WPM to NE28 10 13WPM. He will be advised to consult with Foreman Chandler about the work, which was approved last year.
The CAO received an inquiry from a real estate agent, whether an RTM could be set up on a lot in the Strawberry Lane subdivision as a temporary dwelling while the owners construct a new dwelling. Jones referred the question to McEntee, who consulted with Devin Dietrich, Bran­­don Com­munity Plan­ning. Diet­rich’s advice was that though there were avenues through which changes might be made, the development agreement for Strawberry Lane specifies no mobile or modular home is permitted, and makes no provision for temporary dwel­lings. Un­der these circumstances, he advised not to make any changes. McEntee and council accepted this advice, and the real estate agent will be so instructed.
The Highways Depart­ment has approved the access for the municipal road that will pass the planned subdivision for Robert Dane in NE31 10 15WPM. 
Highways has also requested that the Depart­ment of National Defence agree to share the access to Highway 5 that will be built for Taylor Lessard, but to this point the DND have not answered.
Riverbend Colony is asking to erect a 50’ x 230’ chicken barn along the portion of the Mel­bourne Road that runs through the colony and not much further. The colony owns seven of the eight quarters that the road serves and has an initialed map indicating that the owners of the eighth are not opposed. The barn is to be set up closer than the 120’ setback required; they are asking for a setback of 60’, noting that there are already some structures set that close. McEntee’s suggestion is that the Variation Order be app­lied for, and all the non-complying structures be covered, even if retroactively. He will verify with the remaining landowner that his approval has been secured. If that is the case, he will allow the colony to go ahead with construction, as they are on a tight schedule to have housing for birds that will arrive January 2019.
Spud Plains Farms presented an extensive and complex plan of water pipelines for irrigation of several of their holdings from just east of Twilight Colony to Hallboro. Well over six miles of pipe are invol­ved, much of it in the road allowances, and six crossings. The line passes close to some rural non-farm subdivisions, and there is concern that increasing the intensity of the agriculture may result in heavier traffic through these areas. The lines pass along Rd 86W, a mile from the highway, and there is a suggestion to improve Rd 85W to a standard that would support heavy machinery and semis so as to reduce traffic through the subdivision.
 Council will send letters to get input from those whose property would be affected, and will ask Paul Adriaansen from Spud Plains to come to the next meeting to discuss the concerns that may be raised. Because the line will be crossing a creek, Water Services will be contacted as well. Part of the alignment is along a ‘turkey trail,’ and there may be some concerns with the disruption of the vegetation and wildlife to be caused.
Finance and Accounts:
Accounts and direct deposits totalling $581,816.44 were approved for payment.
By-law No. 9/2018, authorizing the closure and sale of a portion of municipal road — namely a small parcel enclosing an existing structure, leaving room for passage around it — was read for a first time. All costs of the transaction to be borne by the applicant. 
Unfinished Business:
From the meeting of Joint Councils, it was resolved that CAO Jones and CDC Zander be approved to attend the Tourism Westman Gala on June 13 in Gladstone at a cost of $40 each, to be shared 50/50 with the Town of Carberry.
Council resolved to support the Sandhills Golf and Country Club with a rental of on-course signage at a cost of $150, to be shared 50/50 with the Town of Carberry.
Two office staff will be sent to attend a seminar “Be Ready for Cannabis Legalization” on June 26 in Brandon at a cost of $249 for AMM members, plus mileage. Costs again to be shared with the Town of Carberry.
CAO Jones is authorized to attend the Muni­cipal Elections Seminar on June 22 in Brandon at a cost of $249 for AMM members. This too will be a shared cost with the Town of Carberry.
Council also resolved to remove an old outstanding amount from a Utility Account.
General Business
After some discussion, council agreed to charge a fee of 25¢/name for the sharing of voters’ information. This has not been done before, but this year the voters’ list preparation is being done at a greater cost than before.
Council agreed to pay $18,333.33 to the Car­berry and Area Com­munity Foundation. The cost will be shared 50/50 with the Town of Carberry, and the funds will be taken from the Health Care Reserve.
Difficulties with the older surveillance cameras at the Langford transfer station may require adjustment or replacement.
Councillor Drayson points out that there is no budget for the flushing and upkeep of the rural water lines, but it is important to do them. The cost is not just the water, but the possibility that curb stops — some as old as twenty years — may have to be dug out and replaced. Each time that is required can cost over $600, and there are a lot of original curb stops to check. It will be important to budget for the work, and present the necessity to the Public Utilities Board to allow the rates to cover the work.
A motion was passed approving the addition of 2½% interest monthly on overdue unpaid accounts in excess of 30 days.
An invoice was received from Westlake Employment Skills for service funding, using a per capita rate that inc­luded the whole of North Cypress Langford. It will be questioned whether this is appropriate, when the south end has been served by Spruce Woods Employment Services for far less.
A citizen who was sent a letter during the fire ban explained that he had heard over the radio at 101 FM that the ban was lifted, when in fact it was not. The CAO will look into how this could have happened, and reminds people to always look at the Town and Municipal website or facebook pages for updates.
The Yellowhead Cen­tre sent an annual report describing its plans for improvement and reques­ting continuing support.
CN Rail sent a copy of CN in Your Community and advice of its positive effects on its communities and funding programs for community service.
Neepawa Fire Depart­ment sent an update on their efforts and achievements, and a reminder of the Neepawa burn ban.
Spruce Plains RCMP sent their May 2018 re­port of crime statistics.
Around the Table
Councillor Hockin wondered if a ratepayer J. Chandler could get a pipe replaced at his property along Road 69N while the road is being redone, but was advised that the job has already been tendered, and can’t be added to.
He also wondered if a sign could be placed at the well prohibiting the filling of chem handlers. There is already a sign banning chemicals, but it seems not to be obeyed.
Reeve Adriaansen men­tioned that a rate­payer at Lake Irwin would like to put up ‘Turtle Crossing’ signs where appropriate on the Lake Irwin road. He advised her that she could do so, but they should be temporary.
The meeting adjour­ned at 12:05 pm.

by John McNeily

Front Page for Monday, June 18, 2018

posted Jun 18, 2018, 7:27 AM by Kathy Carr

Machine de Cirque Performs ‘Truck Stop’ in Carberry

posted Jun 11, 2018, 9:14 AM by Kathy Carr

Did you ever dream of joining the circus? Bar­num and Bailey called it “the greatest show on earth.” A caravan of performers touring through small communities; pitching their tents to perform death defying feats, amusing tricks and pantomime, a spectacle delighting the senses of old and young alike.
“The circus is unique,” says Machine de Cirque founder Vincent Dubé. “It’s an art that combines so many things at once; acrobatics with dancing, acting and clowning with music. There is no end to what you can create in a circus; it pushes the boundaries of the human body. The body has the ability to tell a story with movement; it has the power to make an audience laugh.”
Quebec City based organization Machine de Cirque was founded in 2013 with the beginning sessions focused on research and creation. A cast was imminently formed and the spectacular modern circus show named Machine de Cirque was created. The initial production was finalized in 2015 with several Quebec City designers on board to develop the interactive set that is an integral part of this show. To date Machine de Cirque the show has been performed for 20 municipalities across Canada, cities in; France, Spain, Ro­mania, Hungary, Austria, Ger­many, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, The Net­her­lands, and Sweden. The 500th representation of the show will be touring Japan this summer.
On the tails of Machine de Cirque’s wild success with their inaugural show the company decided to start working on a project to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The story they were eager to tell was about the great expanse of land our country represents, and the different cultures that exist in these regions and landscapes. The inspiration came from the company’s time spent traveling by car during those first tours across Canada. The show is called Truck Stop and will kick off a cross Canada tour starting on the east coast in Dart­mouth Nova Scotia on June 20th moving on to New Brunswick, Que­bec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta.
Truck Stop is a multi-discipline, large-scale contemporary circus with live musical accompaniment inspired by the various regions represented in the fantastical sets that unfold from a mobile trailer stage.
Carberry is fortunate to be a stop on Machine de Cirque’s Manitoba leg of the tour, with a performance of Truck Stop happening at the Carberry Fair­grounds on Monday, August 6 at 8:30 p.m. Come down with your lawn chairs/blankets and prepare to be amazed by the beautiful, poetic, and awe inspiring spectacle that is Machine de Cirque’s Truck stop. This live outdoor show is free admission; donations are graciously accepted on behalf of the Carberry Plains Arts Council.

by Amy Urquhart

MCNA welcomes changes to The Planning Amendment Act

posted Jun 11, 2018, 9:13 AM by Kathy Carr

The Manitoba Community Newspapers Association (MCNA) has applauded the provin­cial government for its move to amend Bill 19, The Planning Amendment Act, so that Manitoba municipalities will still be required to place public notices in local newspapers. 
“The MCNA board and all our members are very pleased that Bill 19 was amended,” MCNA president Ken Waddell said. “We extend our thanks to everyone who appeared at the hearings of the Standing Com­mit­tee on Social and Economic Develop­ment and who offered their opinions to bring about this change. We especially appreciate the many letters of support MCNA received from towns and municipalities.” 
Bill 19, as originally written, would have eliminated the requirement for governments to place notices in newspapers, which would have limited the ability of many Manitobans to learn of the activities and plans of local government. MCNA lobbied all political parties, the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, and appeared before the standing committee to argue that being afforded public notice is a democratic right of the people of Manitoba. 
On May 29, the provincial government and Hon. Jeff Wharton, municipal relations minister, tabled amendments in the Manitoba Legis­lative Assembly withdrawing sections 19.2 and 25 of Bill 19, which dealt with public notice. Unanimous consent was required and was given. Final reading and voting on the newly amen­ded bill took place on  Thursday, May 31. 
However, the MCNA notes that Bill 8, The Government Notices Modernization Act, which will be considered this fall by the Manitoba Legislature, also eliminates requirements that notices be posted in local newspapers. 

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posted Jun 11, 2018, 9:08 AM by Kathy Carr

Hofer Elected Manitoba Hutterite Colony Bishop

posted Jun 4, 2018, 9:53 AM by Kathy Carr   [ updated Jun 4, 2018, 9:54 AM ]

Arnold Hofer, the 71 year old minister from Acadia Hutterite Colony near Carberry was elected Bishop of Manitoba on August 30, 2017. Hofer succeeded Jake Klein­sasser from Crystal Spring Colony who died August 8 at the age of 95.
To many Hutterites Arnold Hofer’s win comes with an unmistakeable message not lost on the new Bishop. “I feel people want change,” stated Ho­fer which accounts why he was elected by an overwhelming majority. One women added, “We heard Arnold Vetter is Christian and open minded.”
Bishop Hofer stated that they came from South Dakota and originally emigrated from the Ukraine. “We are thankful for our municipal neighbours, the Beautiful Plains School Division and try to be community minded and sustain our agricultural existence.”
There were 3 Hutterite groups in North America comprised of the more liberal, the moderate and the orthodox. There were always differences between the 3 groups in matters of dress code and interaction with the outside world the basic pillars of faith as set down by the Hutterite forefathers were the same. Generally a cohesive and respectful relationship existed among the 3 groups who represent 50 thousand Hut­­terites on over 500 colonies on Canadian prairies and northwestern United States. Each group had its own Bishop who was usually advanced in age at the time of their election and served until death.
Baker Hutterite Colony, located south of Mac­Gre­gor, was founded in 1973 and is well known for its ventilation agricultural equipment, its book store, and its women’s hockey team which annually plays on Louis Riel Day in MacGregor.
This week marked the 100th anniversary of the Hutterites arriving in Manitoba and will be acknowledged by a special ceremony in the Manitoba Legislative. There are 118 colonies in Manitoba which includes 8 in Beautiful Plains S.D. and 18 in Agassiz constituency.
Mary-Ann Kirkby is a Hutterite Author and Professional Speaker. Her best selling books, Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen, and I am Hutterite are available at www.
Contact her at

by Gladwyn Scott

Joint Councils - Update on the old Public Works shed

posted Jun 4, 2018, 9:50 AM by Kathy Carr   [ updated Jun 4, 2018, 9:53 AM ]

The Joint councils of Carberry and North Cypress Langford met on Monday evening May 28, with Reeve Adriaansen in the chair, and all councillors present except Hockin and Davidson.
There were a number of delegations scheduled, but the first to be ready was Grady Stephenson, who provided an update on the situation created by the condemnation of the old public works shed. The fire department, who are the most disadvantaged by the loss of the building, are suggesting that rather than put up a new shed, a long-range saving would be made by using the present fire hall as the shed, and building a new fire hall immediately to the west of the present hall. He asked for permission to send out a request for proposal to engineering firms to draw up a design and specification for a 72’ x 75’ wood frame, metal clad building with 18’ side walls. Such a design would be acceptable to the Office of the Fire Commissioner. A worst-case cost would be around $400,000, with a chance to reduce that substantially by the department putting in “sweat equity” doing the interior finishing. On the basis of a 10% fee, the engineering cost would be in the neighbourhood of $40,000.
Complicating the issue is the 20,000 gallon reservoir under the old building. This is not in very good shape, and may indeed be leaking, and there is a separate 90,000 gallon reservoir by the new pump, so the OFC will probably not require its replacement. As an example of the demand placed on the reservoirs, the recent fire on Baron Bay used 10,000 gallons.
Only a single bay of the present fire hall would be needed for less used fire equipment, leaving two bays for the relocation of the Handivan.
This would be a considerable increase in cost over a simple shed re­placement, and councils will have to discuss whether it is indeed a cost saving over the long haul. It will be on both agendas for their next meetings.
Stephenson is hoping that if approved, the shell of the building can be up before the snow flies, leaving interior work for the winter months. He is realistic about the likelihood that it will take longer. Engineering firms are at their busiest at the moment, and are unlikely to have a proposal in time for the June council meetings, and on acceptance the drawings will take further time, and until the drawings are ready, the job cannot be tendered. Fall construction is possible, but perhaps optimistic.
On the basis that an RFP is not binding and not costly, Stephenson was approved to go ahead.
The next delegation to be received was that of Gloria Mott and Randy MacDonald on behalf of the Museum Board and the Carberry and Area Community Foundation respectively. The Museum received a bequest of $10,000 from the Criddle estate in 2002, and it has remained on the municipal books waiting to be used ever since. As there is no expectation of a special project that would use the amount, the Museum Board would like to place the amount with the Car­berry and Area Commu­nity Foundation, and receive the interest from it annually. 
They understand that once in the care of the CACF, the principal is no longer available for use.
They were asked if the fund they were setting up at the Community Foun­da­tion would be usable by anyone who wished to leave a bequest to the Mu­seum, and that will probably be an option when the fund is established. They were approved to go ahead with the transfer.
While there, the Mu­se­um Board members gave an update on the work on the Gingerbread House. The small east porch (through which all visitors pass) was getting quite dilapidated. Approval had been granted to do the necessary repairs, and V. Prudnikov was retained to do the work. He has done a fine job of building an authentic replacement and is already priming and painting. Reeve Adria­an­sen thanked Gloria, Randy and the board for all the work they have put into the Museum.
The next delegation was from Eco-West; Joëlle Saltel and Gavin Van der Linde came to present inventory reports on Green House Gases. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is working to facilitate the many efforts of all governments to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, and has retained Eco-West to provide this baseline study.
Understandably, in the absence of impossibly detailed statistics, the figures are based on algorithms from what Manitoba Hydro and other sources can supply as gross billings. The figures used came from 2012 and 2015. Some of the allocations between the Town and the Municipality are questionable also; it appeared that McCain’s energy use was billed to both town and NCL.
Regardless, the picture presented was interesting. Buildings represented the greatest energy use, but because much of Manitoba’s electricity is generated by hydro power, the emissions caused are not as great as those of the transportation sector, which burns hydrocarbons directly. The town of Carberry’s use of recycling served to reduce its emissions resulting from waste to less than half the provincial proxy rate. Decomposing landfill is a significant source of GHGs, and reducing waste through recycling and composting helps considerably. The gasification system being developed at Evergreen will also reduce the cost in tonnes of carbon to all municipalities involved. Eco-West is very excited about the development, and is planning to feature it in a presentation to the national convention of the FCM in Halifax. Another program endorsed by Eco-West is an organics waste processing system, to take about a third of the present waste tonnage out of landfill. Organics are the most prolific source of GHGs   as they decompose, and a composting system would redirect them, and reduce landfill fees, levies and odor issues, besides generating a useful (and salable) end product.
The bottom line, as Eco-West were determined to point out, is that in almost all cases, a reduction in GHG emissions is also a reduction in costs. There is every reason to reduce GHGs regardless of the worries about climate change.
FCM is advocating a 6% reduction in per capita emissions across the board — residential, commercial, and industrial — and a 20% reduction in corporate emissions (those that the municipalities have direct control over).
The next GHG inventory will likely be in 2021, the next census year. In the meantime, FCM have announced that funding will be available for projects that will reduce emissions.  So far they have refused very few requests for assistance, whether for feasibility studies or capital projects. They will be sending around surveys to determine what facilities are available at present, and to gauge the intentions of councils about emission reductions. This will take place before the fall elections.
Unfinished Business:
The situation with the building next to the Municipal Office coming up for sale was discussed. NCL has declined to join in the purchase, but the town is seriously considering the idea. Mayor Olmstead pointed out that there is very little space in the present municipal office which is largely due to the pressures of amalgamating the two rural municipalities.  Eventually they will need to expand due the lack of storage and any increase in administration personnel within the office.  Even the Old Town Hall has no capacity for extra storage as all the offices are currently occupied.
The June District Meeting of the AMM in Pierson is coming up, and names were taken of those who would attend and vote. Mayor Olmstead noted that there will be a meeting of the Midwest District in Neepawa the following day, which will allow those who can’t make the 5 hour round trip to at least hear the information, though they will not be able to vote as they are not in their own District.
In response to the suggestion of the Southern Chiefs Association, Swan Lake First Nation representatives have been invited to attend a meeting of the joint councils. They are in our catchment area, and there should be many ways to establish cooperation and mutual benefit. 
General Business:
Simply adding the value of unpaid invoices to taxes hasn’t been all that effective. CAO Jones suggests that admin be allowed to add a 2½% interest surcharge monthly on overdue unpaid accounts. A resolution to that effect will be presented at the next meeting of each council.
On the day of the Firemens’ Breakfast, there will be a Household Ha­zardous Waste Day, and councillors are needed to man the collection point. CAO Jones was looking for four volunteers, and got pledges from both Andersons, Campbell, and likely from Hockin.
The Tourism Westman Gala, to be held on June 13 in Gladstone, has a number of local initiatives and individuals nominated for awards. To ensure a local presence, CAO Jones and CDC Zander were approved to attend at a cost of $40 each plus GST, to be shared 50/50 be­tween the Town and NCL for the joint employees.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities requests a voluntary contribution to their Special Advocacy Fund which was declined by Council.
Sandhills Golf & Country Club requests sponsorship of an on-course sign at the cost of $150. It was pointed out by the Reeve that the club already receives considerably greater financial support each year from the councils, but the opportunity to place a visible sign was accepted. The cost will be shared 50/50 between the two councils.
There is a sizeable subscription fee for the copies of Municipal World that arrive each month. Councillors were asked whether they wished to continue to receive the magazine. All declined.
CN has sent their annual report; it is available to view at the Municipal Office.
 The AMM Employee Benefit Program (health and dental) has some additional options added to it.  The CAO will bring back information to each councils.
There will be a training session called “Be Ready for Cannabis Legislation” on June 26  in Brandon, and two members of the office staff were approved to attend at a cost of $249 (for AMM members) plus mileage.
Also, on June 22 in Brandon, there will be a Municipal Elections Seminar given by the MMAA, at a cost of $249 (for AMM members). CAO Jones was approved to attend, and the cost of both events is to be shared 50/50 between North Cypress Langford and the Town of Carberry.
To tidy up details of the Tax Sale process, it will be necessary to place a reserve bid on properties for sale that will cover all costs the municipalities need to recover. There are two ways of doing this; stating it generically, or spelling out the particular roll number and name associated with the property. After some discussion, Jones will come before each council with the more generic version of the resolution.
The CAO asked for guidance about the Staff Appreciation Barbecue. She was encouraged to pick a Tuesday or a Thursday in July after consultation with the staff for whom it is to be given.
Lastly, it is already time to be considering the Staff Christmas Party. It will have to be held in the Hall, and it is none too early to be looking for a caterer for the event. The Hall has been tentatively booked for December 7 or 8, and of these, there is a preference for Friday the 7th. Tentatively it would be cocktails at 6:00, dinner at 7:00 and awards/presentations at 8:00 p.m.
Committee Reports:
The CAO reports that with the budgets off to the province, and the auditors working on 2016 and 17 and nearly up-to-date things are easing up a bit. With ACAO Fraser and FO McConnell she went to the MMAA convention and brought back a lot of useful and inspiring information. Tax notices will be here soon, and Teresa Fiskel has taken on the task of learning the water billing for NCL.
The ACAO echoed the CAO about the value and effectiveness of the MMAA Convention. She picked up a lot of useful information on Asset Management and the Gas Tax Program. Her studies with U of M are exciting, and she’s looking for a graduation in February 2019.
The Financial Officer also took away some detailed and relevant information and approaches from the MMAA Convention. The budget is ready and incorporated into the income and expense spreadsheets. Tax notices have been ordered and will be along shortly, when they will keep everyone busy for a while.
The Archivist attended the RNMA meeting in Altona. Her term as secretary for them is now over. Donations have been re­ceived, and search re­quests are at a usual level.
The Arts Council has been partnering several events, including a seminar on Container Planting, a bracelet workshop with the R.J. Waugh Parent Advisory Council, and a youth drama presented in the Hall. There will be an unveiling of the Canada 150 Mosaic Mural on the Thursday, July 5th before the Fair.  More details on the event will be publicized closer to the date.
The CDC reports that she and the Seniors’ coordinator have toured the Daughters on Call House in Brandon and were impressed with its quality and service. If such a facility could be set up in Carberry it would be a great asset.
The video is done, and is visible on the Town/NCL Facebook page.
For the Tourism Westman Awards Gala, she nominated the Friends of Camp Hughes Heritage Day for Event of the Year, the Potato Truck Pull for Marketing Excellence, Shay Sandy for Aspiring Youth, and Muriel McPhail for Volunteer of the Year.
The Town-Wide Yard Sale will be held on June 16, along with the Firemen’s Breakfast.
The Health Action Committee has been reworking the return of Service agreement for the Health Care Scholarship. They have helped a local LPN student this year.
The CDC, the CAO and Teresa Fiskel will be serving as assistant SEOs for this year’s election.
The What’s the Big Idea promotion that was originally done with Neepawa and Minnedosa will now divide off and be done with Glenboro. They are looking forward to working together.
Evergreen Enviro­n­mental reports that they are costing a replacement for their Quonset hut. They are doing a health and safety review with an outside contractor, which has led to some changes in equipment and procedures; new cut-proof gloves, and a truck or side-by-side for onsite use. They have to frame an asbestos policy; there should be a guarantee that no asbestos is present in loads, and a procedure for bringing asbestos into the facility. Prices for recycle materials have dropped significantly, so revenue will be reduced.
The Fire Department reports that in the past month (from April 19 to May 23) they have responded to 2 structure fires, a vehicle fire, an agricultural fire involving a cattle lean-to and some fence line, and most seriously a fire along the CN mainline between Gregg and Firdale. This required a Cat to access and contain the fire, and nearly a mile of hose borrowed from OFC and MB Sustainable Development to extinguish about a hundred piles of ties. The cleanup required a full cleaning of the hoses.
Two members have passed their Level 2 firefighting, and three more were tested on the weekend of May 26 & 27.
The Museum Board reports a successful fundraiser with the group “Lucky Ned” at the Legion. About $1000 was cleared. Lots of work has been done on the displays, so come opening day — June 16, along with the Firemen’s Breakfast and the Town-Wide Yard Sale — everyone should come and have a look at the new displays. Westman Cable will provide the Museum with an internet connection for three months, which will help the staff with their research. They have two jobs available; the larger one is filled, and they are hoping for an applicant from Grady’s ad for the lesser.
The $10,000 from the Criddles will be put into a fund in the CACF to bear annual interest for the Museum’s upkeep.
The old porch has been torn off the Gingerbread House, and has been rebuilt.
Parks, Facilities & Sa­ni­tation Manager Ste­phen­son reports that lacrosse has been successfully scheduled for the Tues­days until the end of June. The 55+ games will bring as many as 100 athletes for a range of sports from June 12 to 14. There will also be use of the campground.
Work continues on the old town hall, and design and costing are being done for a remedy for the condemnation of the former public works building. Renovation quotes for the ballpark and campground are higher than expected.
Summer students are needed for four positions in the parks department. The Art Sear Park is being worked on as time allows. The Ball Park is very busy, and getting some minor repairs. The shed at the Daylily Garden is in need of replacement, and an anonymous donor will pay for it.
The fire department will be called in to attend the burning at the two transfer stations when the fire ban is lifted. Well­wood is to receive a second recycling bin; the first over-fills weekly.
At the cemetery, prep work is being done for planting, quotes being sought for further paving, and perpetual care lists are being updated.
The Recreation Pro­gra­m­mer reports on a wide range of initiatives; there have been successful work­shops, and plans afoot for many different classes. Social media have been used to gain exposure and engagement, and are keeping up a daily upgrade schedule. The day camp has received a grant from the CACF, and in addition some funds from Carberry Collegiate’s Youth in Phi­l­an­thropy program. The YiP students held a fun­draising barbecue re­cently and directed some of their proceeds to the day camp.
The AMM Western Dis­trict will be holding a golf tournament in Deloraine on July 12, and invites members to attend.  Mayor Olmstead spoke of the benefits of attending and networking with other communities at this event.
An organization called Courageous Companions, which trains service dogs as support for First Re­sponders and Servicemen suffering from PTSD, asked for support in the form of an advertisement in their magazine.
Around the Table:
Mayor Olmstead wanted to thank the first responders for their prompt and effective work at the recent fire in Baron Bay. The fact that only one building caught, and there were no injuries is a great tribute to their efforts and professionalism, especially when Brandon has just seen how fire can spread in dry windy conditions. He was quite concerned by several citizens that did not respect the barricades set up to keep people away from the dangers of the scene, which meant firefighters had to attend to both the crowd as well as the ongoing fire.  
When first responders are on the scene of an incident, it is best to stay away, regardless of your curiosity and let them do their job without extra distractions.
Grady Stephenson, who was present for an earlier delegation, added that as a firefighter he wished to thank councils for their support in the form of properly working gear. The new truck, for example, was an important asset for fighting the fire. The department is glad to be of service to their neighbours, but it’s especially rewarding when they are properly equipped to do the work.
Councillor Drayson reported that he had attended the Neepawa Fair parade with the Municipal float, and thought it had been a good event at which to be present.
The meeting ad­journed at 8:55. Next meeting of the Council of North Cypress Langford will be June 11; next Town Council meeting will be June 12.

by John McNeily

Front Page for Monday, June 4, 2018

posted Jun 4, 2018, 9:46 AM by Kathy Carr

Mugs Coffee serves up hilarious adventures

posted May 22, 2018, 9:26 AM by Kathy Carr

Despite The Jets foray into the finals, Mugs Coffee was attended by 43 audience members over the course of a two night run.  The show, an original work written and directed by local librarian Beryl Brandt, drew some inspiration from an episode of the Bob Newhart Show and quite a few references to local Carberry lore.  
The story takes place at a coffee shop in the town of Taterton, where everybody knows your name and the locals gather every day to swap stories and catch up on current events. Currently the goings on are the taping of Taterton’s first local talk show produced by local camera man Hank Tucker played by Jacob Boyce and hosted by Dave Bet­terman played by Mattias Boganes. Jacob did an excellent job of getting across Tucker’s detail oriented consternation as he eagerly awaits the first pot of the day to finish brewing. Hank Tucker offers a delightful, straight-man’s contrast to the other colorful characters that make up the coffee shop scene. Owner Barb Ista was matronly portrayed by Natalie Clark, she takes no guff from cranky Tuc­ker with her no nonsense small town sensibilities. Barb playfully teases Tucker and warmly welcomes all her patrons, Natalie made her the perfect wise cracking hostess. My personal favorite locals would have to be retired teachers Hetty Mills, played by Celia Boganes and Tina Bel­lows, played by Allie Lavich.  These ladies’ banter was hilarious, timed perfectly and effectively emphasized at just the right moments, I found myself wishing these ladies had a show of their own!
What coffee shop would be complete without a teenage waitress, never on time or appropriately dressed for work but charming all the same? Meet Georgina or “Georgie” as the locals know her, endearingly played by Andee Niko­laisen.  Andee is the type of performer who always offers up a striking physicality, my eye is always drawn to her at dance recitals and this performance was no exception.  She is totally believable as Georgie with her carefree lean against the coffee bar, rebellious hair tosses, and “say what?!” head tilts.  Despite the attitude, the way Andee levels out her performance with just the right sized drop of sweetness to make this portrayal well rounded and a pleasure to watch.  
Georgie and chum Felicity Aiken played by Ellyanna Christenson are a delightful duo adding a fun and playful contrast to the staunchness of Hetty Mills and Tina Bellows.
In addition to the colorful staff and patrons of Mugs Coffee are some slightly simple, but nevertheless delightful guests interviewing for Dave Betterman’s talk show.  
Josh Brinks played by Keenan Molyneaux, is a Taterton hero with a knack for being in the right place at the right time.  Keenan colors this beloved local resident with a loveable “aww shucks” attitude, his portrayal of this delightful simpleton made the audience laugh and gave great comedic contrast to talk show host David Better­man’s increasing cynicism. 
When coming up empty in the words department, local handyman Franklin Alexander, played by Tyson Chris­tensen comes to Josh’s rescue!  Tyson’s performance of Franklin’s ac­count of ‘the Big Game’ was flawlessly executed, I felt like I was right there in the stands watching it unfold.  
In addition to the local hero being interviewed for this auspicious television show is local actress Candie Flause played by Rowan Scott.  Rowan does a great job of getting across the formidable Flause whose claim to fame is a movie filmed locally in the 90s starring Russel Crowe.  She commands the respect of a regal representative who has touched down to earth just for this public ap­pearance, so her fans may have an opportunity to pay their respects and adoration.  
Her bestie Delores Smith, a local shop-keeper played by Cadence Lavergne is always up to date with the current goings-on. Delores is the first to run into the auspicious author from Toronto Lieutenant Archibald Nel­son, played by Gareth Nikolaisen. Cadence had a lot of important information to deliver in terms of setting up the plot, this she did flawlessly without skipping a beat!  
The climax of this show is the Lieutenant’s interview with Dave Betterman.  
At the start it seems that this author has led quite an exciting life, Gareth presents this character as careful with his words while he delicately reveals the details of his story. When we realize the ludicrous nature of the Lieu­tenant’s claims during his big reveal of a picture he possesses of dinosaurs in the Amazon, it is shockingly hilarious! Gareth does an impeccable job of the interview lead up and presentation of this plot bomb, thus appropriately setting up the mystery as Archibald Nelson disappears in the final act.
This show was so amazing!  I can’t say enough about how im­pressed I was by the story, acting, make-up and lighting design that went into this noteworthy performance.
Special thanks; to Beryl Brandt, who put the exhausting work into creating this show, Melanie Lavich for corralling the talent and assisting the actors with learning their lines, Kirsten Boyce and Sarah Graham, who did a great job with the make-up, Jerrold Nikolaisen who programmed the lights and executed them for the show, and John McNeily of WCGtv for filming the show for broadcast.

by Amy Urquhart

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