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Elks very busy this summer

posted Sep 18, 2017, 9:12 AM by Kathy Carr

The first meeting of the Elks new year proved to be a very busy one.  The summer break did not happen as we continued with our projects.  Sister Judi Twerdoski and Mayor Stu Olmstead presented Bryanna Manns with a cheque at the spring convocation at the high school. The Elks worked at various projects after the Carberry Fair, including the Far­mers market.
The Grand Exalted Ruler will be making two visits to Manitoba - one to Boissevain; September 27th. The second to Bran­don on September 30th in conjunction with the Walkathon. Make your plans now to attend at least one of these events.
As part of a push across Canada for new members a program we have instituted is a "member perks program."  More on this later.  Of course Novem­ber being membership month this is the perfect time to invite some of your friends to join us.
Also, the Manitoba Elks at their Spring conference voted to disband the Bond Lottery draw program. Anyone who holds the Bond Lottery certificates will be contacted individually as to how to redeem them.  With the low interest rate for the past many months it was not possible to keep this fund financially afloat.
A recap of Cash Calendar winners from the Carberry area were for June Don Kemp­thorne and Dennis Sevigny with Wayne and Shirley Moore being $100 winners. July Winners were Heather Derksen and Jim Clark with Nora Kaye from Neepawa winning $100. August winners were Dale and Gloria Colling­ridge and Kami Let­ke­man, with Clint Fleming of Killarney winning $100. September winners were Dari Meyers and Brian Mills with Tom Vermette of Swan River winning $100.
Now for the $1000 Bond Lottery Winners they were June - Lydia Andrew of Morden, July - Emerson Lodge, August - Ronald Saun­derson of Brandon and for September - Verne Vopni of Kenville.
Under sickness and distress, we have a few things to mention. Bro­ther Barry Anderson lost his wife Marlene.  Our sympathy goes out to Barry and his family. Brother Murray Karlicki has spent some time in the hospital after an operation. We wish him a speedy recovery.
On July 30th we held a district golf tournament with some local invited guests. The winning team was the Naismith family. There were many other winners, but space will not allow me to list them all.  Thanks to the guests for making this a great day.
At the local fair, the garden shed went to Robbie Smith of Edrans.
We had a pancake breakfast and of course the fair booth at the fair. Both went off very well, thanks to the many volunteers we had.
If you are a follower of football, then see one of the local Elks for your Grey Cup tickets. While on football we will again be going to Winnipeg on October 14th. The B.C. Lions will be the opponents this year. Give Brother Les Walker a call if you are interested in going.  
Before adjournment I managed to win the Looney pot for the evening.
The next meeting will be September 25th at our usual loca­tion. Remember bring a friend.

by Al Sjolie

DeWinton IODE celebrates Canada’s 150

posted Sep 18, 2017, 9:11 AM by Kathy Carr

IODE Canada has chosen to celebrate this year by presenting the new Canada's 150th IODE Good Citizenship Award to elementary school students who demonstrate qualities of social responsibility and social engagement. The national initiative promotes the core values of IODE to recognize good citizenship and provide support to local schools and classrooms. 
Each IODE chapter, in conjunction with their local school, has designed this project to suit their school and community. Acting as one, IODE hopes to bring attention to the importance of fostering social responsibility and community spirit in our youth. 
DeWinton Chapter IODE opted to include Carberry RJ Waugh grades K to 4, Acadia Colony School and Brookdale Elementary School. Each received a $150 Indigo gift certificate for book purchases. 
Alicia Gawaziuk, Principal, Brookdale Elementary School provided this information: 
Here are some highlights of the service learning projects at our school. 
Adopt a Family - I applied for a Sustain­ability Grant to our Division. We received the request amount of $600. From there, we phoned the Brandon Christmas Cheer and adopted 5 families at Christmas time. We made 5 groups of students. The students were given the names of the family members and the list of food they had to include in the hampers. They went "shopping in the flyers" to pick out the items. Whatever money was left was budgeted for the kids in the family for gifts. The students brainstormed what kinds of gifts the children of certain ages would like for Christmas and chose an appropriate gift for children of their family. The staff did the shopping. The next day parents, students and staff wrapped the gifts and put together the hampers. Staff delivered the hampers before Christ­mas. 
The Dream Factory - From January to March was fundraising for the Dream Factory of Manitoba. Each Thursday, students sell a bag of popcorn for 50¢. Our goal is to raise $200 for this worthy cause.
Grow-a-Row - Studen­ts are put into garden groups. They brainstorm vegetables that they think would be good to donate to Samaritan House in Brandon or other food cupboards. They plant, care for and harvest the vegetables. We donate the produce in the fall. 
The Book awards are used as best determined by the schools. 
Eberhard Hofer, Principal of Acadia Colony School wrote: We would like to spend the money received on cultural based books. Books to celebrate and teach cultural concepts rooted and celebrated in Manitoba. Books written by and/or about people in a cultural setting. These books would be for our early years students at Acadia Colony School. 
RJ Waugh students participated in many projects that developed their sense of social responsibility. We Scare Hunger is a food drive that turns Halloween from “getting to giving”, as does participation in the Carberry Christmas Cheer program and making Christmas boxes for children in the Ukraine. Through the Terry Fox Walk they raise funds and learn about a young man who continued to give to cancer care against great odds. The students raised $11,000 through Jump Rope for Heart. Their other good works included the Com­munity Spring Garbage Clean Up, Save the Honey Bees Initiative, Books to Africa, and choir singing at the Senior’s home. They learned the disappearing art of letter writing and getting to know mature, non-related people through a pen pal program with Seniors in the community. 

by Margie Hilash

Municipal Council - Neepawa Gladstone Co-op Agro site generates disc

posted Sep 18, 2017, 9:10 AM by Kathy Carr

A conditional use application for an Agro site for Neepawa Glad­stone Co-op generated some discussion  at the September 11 meeting of the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford. Reeve Bob Adriaansen chaired the meeting with all council and Development Officer John McEntee in attendance.
R. Melnyk head of the Agro Division of the Co-op, was in attendance, as well as Thor Ericsson and Lois McDonald of HyLife hog processing facility. HyLife is just across #16 highway on the north side of the proposed agro site. This site will include an office, heated storage, cold storage, Cardlock, crop protection, warehouse, bulk seed, liquid fertilizer, dry fertilizer and anhydrous ammonia. Fuel will be stored at a much later date.
The original application had to be modified, because Highways expressed their intentions for a service road at that site in the future. They wanted the two access roads to be replaced with one access road. A modified proposal has been redrawn.
Development Officer McEntee noted that as this is a large public facility, permits will be handled by the Office of the Fire Commissioner.
Melnyk stated that an environmental license has been obtained already.
Thor Ericsson brought forward his concerns with the plan. He felt that the increased traffic with fuel, seed, etc. coming in and then all going out again, along with the HyLife deliveries, as well as their 1250 employees would mean congestion on Hwy 16. Melnyk responded that traffic information was submitted and Highways did not feel there was a problem.
Their second concern was that the seed treatment area could send out airborne allergens, that could negatively affect their food production at the hog plant. To that end, they have sent the information to the Canadian Food Inspec­tion Agency for their reading on the situation.
Melnyk was not happy that this issue was being raised now, instead of when they were applying for an environmental license. The seed treatment was approved in that license. He did not want any more delays added to what they have experienced already.
Council ap­proved for the conditional use order to establish a seed plant and chemical warehouse pesticide herbicides facility in an Agricultural Lives­tock Operation Rest­ricted Zone, along with associated sales, storage and administrative accessory buildings and structures as part of an Agro Centre serving the agricultural community.
In regards to the CFIA enquiry, the conditional use order states that development permits cannot be issued until all approvals have been received, and the CFIA approval will be included in that.
Other planning issues
Those applying for subdivisions will be confronted with some chan­ges. McEntee noted that the comment period for a subdivision has now been reduced for any application from 30 days to 20 days. Another change is that the application for subdivision must be accompanied by a surveyed drawing “subdivision application map” so hand-drawn sketches are no longer acceptable.
A subdivision plan by Kris McKinnon on NW 34-13-16 (K. Murray) to establish a non-farm single family dwelling within the AG80 zone met with critical response from council. The proposal was to separate the two houses on the quarter, leaving one as a non-farm dwelling and the other with the agricultural land.
An irregular shaped agricultural parcel was created, as well as a 16.95 acre non-farm dwelling site that would require four variation orders. The existing lane would serve both parcels.
Council had concerns about the shape of the parcels, the water connections, and the fact that technically the second house cannot be rented.
Thus, the resolution was defeated.
Council also revisited an application by J. Cook estate on NE34-14-16. Council had requested that a parcel in the NW corner of the quarter be amalgamated with another parcel on the quarter. The applicant has rejected that condition, and his lawyer made the case for keeping them separate in a letter to council. Council agreed to withdraw the condition.
Rec Director
Andrew Smith, Rec­reation Director came to council with ideas for funding for the Trans­Canada Trail in the municipality. There are grants available.
Council felt there were some “sister routes” that connect to the trail that could be improved. They will contact the Langford trail committee.
Smith has been busy with events. The “Colour Run” that involved 97 runners was successful in raising over $2000 for the Pearson family. Smith did a quick rundown of the events he has held in the past year. The new lacrosse league includes players aged five to 15, and next year may possibly double that number. They played in a tournament in Winnipeg and won one game.
Council requested that Smith attend at least one meeting per year in each of the districts. Drayson also offered him a tour of the northern parts of the municipality, which Smith was happy to accept.
Other business
From the joint meeting with the Town of Carberry, there were a number of joint resolutions. The fees associated with tax certificates were increased from $20 to $25.  The vacancy on the Recreation Board was filled by Tracy Saun­derson. 
Council agreed to sponsor the Carberry Sandhills Big Hole Golf Tournament for $200 ($100 from each council.) They also approved sponsorship of the 2017 plowing match (held two miles north of the junction of #1 and #5 Hwys) for $50 ($25 each council).
September was declared as Prostrate Can­­cer Awareness Month.
A letter was received in regards to the former Langford Community Pasture. The federal government turned over these lands to the Province of Manitoba. They will seek more information as to when these changes are taking place, and write a letter stating they would like to see the pasture intact as it was.
A Lake Irwin resident who was invoiced for dust control, but didn’t get it, will receive a refund. Later in the meeting, there was a complaint regarding the application of dust control on a lane, which was only done once, but the owner felt he had been charged for two passes.
Council did not realize that private lanes were being ordered at the time the dust control on municipal roads was being done. The dust control that is done on municipal roads is subsidized by the municipality. However, on lanes, the cost of dust control is solely the responsibility of the landowner or resident that orders it.
While it makes sense to apply dust control to lanes while they are doing the adjacent roadway, it should be billed as custom work at full cost - or billed directly by the company. 
Council also cancelled an invoice for disposal of shingles because they cannot locate the company that is from Winnipeg but was doing work in Carberry, and therefore brought them to the Carberry transfer facility. Now when contractors bring in shingles, they must not only give their own billing information, but also identify the home from which they were removed.
Council approved the attendance of CAO Sandra Jones and Trish Fraser ACAO to the By-law Enforcement seminar on Sept. 8, at a cost of $498 (shared with Carberry). Jones commented that the seminar was really helpful, and would have been good for McEntee, as it dealt with his role in dealing with building by-law infractions as well.
Virtually all municipalities are experiencing the same problems having by-laws enforced, and finding a way to do it in such a way that costs of enforcement are at least partly recovered.
October 24, 2018 will be the next municipal election. If council wishes to keep the municipality in the ward system (each council member represents a certain area, or ward of the municipality) they must vote to do so. If they do not, then it reverts to an “at large” system where all six council members can come from anywhere in the municipality.
Under Manitoba law, if council chooses to have a ‘ward’ system, then they must assure that there is no more than 10% difference in the population of the wards. The problem with that, is that no one has been able to find population figures for the wards. 
The voting list (which will be redone in 2018) gives the list of eligible voters in each ward (they range from 262 in Ward IV and 383 in Ward II). However, these include only persons 18 and over, so children are not included in the figures.
There was a question whether census data could be used. Coun­cillor Gerond Davidson noted that if the government expects municipalities to enforce those rules, they should provide the tools to access the information.
New Business
CDC Tricia Zander gave a promotion of the “What’s the Big Idea?” initiative. In a “Dragon’s Den” style event on October 19 in the Community Hall, entrepreneurs will promote their big ideas for new businesses in the community. They earn cash to help them get those businesses off the ground.
 This is being done in conjunction with Min­nedosa and Neepawa. In the past two years with those two communities, seven new businesses have opened through this initiative.
Council was supportive of the program and agreed to sponsor them for $750.
The AMM annual convention will be held on November 27-29. Most council members will attend. Council opted not to meet with the RCMP this year, as they feel they have good dialogue with the local detachments attending meetings or giving reports. 
Other departments may be offering an opportunity to meet with provincial ministers, and council will decide when these are known.
Council authorized Trish Fraser as signing authority on North Cyp­ress-Langford accounts.
Paul St Pierre was hired as a Municipal public works employee, and wages set.
Tenders had been viewed to rebuild the Gregg Road. The tender from Bluestar Const­ruction for approximately $520,700 plus gst was approved. Work will start approximately October 2 (after potato digging season.)
The contractor has assured council that the construction period will be approximately two weeks, and the road will not have to be closed during the process. 
Reeve Adriaansen noted that a couple of machinery roads have been upgraded.
Cell phones/radios
There was some discussion regarding the radios that the public works have in their machines. 
Since all of the workers carry cell phones, the radios are rarely used. Should the municipality continue to pay to have this service, when it is not being used? 
Council noted that with the radios, all the conversation is heard in the office. 
Councillor N. Camp­bell noted that when they are working on a construction project, the radios are used. For the office staff, it is easier to give a ‘heads up’ about a situation by using the radio to talk to all employees, rather than calling each one. Also, it is a safety issue, as cell phones do not work everywhere in the municipality.
There was also a discussion regarding cell phone compensation (some employees have their own personal phones and are partially reimbursed) while others have a municipal phone which is covered by the municipality. Council discussed such things as standardizing the compensation, and limiting data.
They also discussed whether the cell phone numbers should be made available to the public. Most felt that the phones that are covered by the municipality should be available at least to the council members. 
It was noted that the answering machine at the Carberry shop is not great, and should be replaced.
Around the table
G. Davidson updated council on the proposals for a recreation “master plan” and the Langford Rec Committee’s involvement. Neepawa has hired a recreation commissioner and money has been donated to the Yellowhead Centre.
R. Drayson noted that the Montgomery Road project has been completed, but he feels that the shoulders of that road have not been finished properly. He feels they probably need to be mowed with the brush mower. He will take it up with the foreman.
D. Hockin questioned the virus situation on the computers, “Is there insurance coverage when this happens?” he questioned in regards to recent incidences that cost the municipality tech time and lost work hours when they were held hostage by “ransomware.” For­tuna­tely, they have an excellent back-up system and were able to retrieve all but one day’s data.
There is no insurance coverage. However, they feel they have a good idea from where the virus attacks are getting into the system. A new server will make a big difference. 
Reeve Adriaansen reported on the small corporation tax changes and the need to study the impact more. He also attended the grand opening of the new Boston Pizza.
Councillor N. Camp­bell questioned figures on the financial statements. Accounts totalling $323,015.45 were approved for payment. 
Next meeting will be October 10 and the Board of Revision will take place at 9 a.m. that day. Joint meeting with the Town of Carberry will be held on September 25th in the evening. A donation has been made on behalf of the NCL Council in honour of Marlene Anderson.

by Gloria Mott

Front Page for Monday, September 18, 2017

posted Sep 18, 2017, 9:02 AM by Kathy Carr

Govern­ment investing in critical local road projects

posted Sep 12, 2017, 9:30 AM by Kathy Carr

Eileen Clarke MLA for Agassiz, announced that the Manitoba Govern­ment is investing in critical local road projects in the Agassiz constituency. 
“Our Progressive Conservative government understands that municipalities and local residents depend on investments in important infrastructure projects such as these,” said MLA Clarke. “Imp­roving our road and transportation infrastructure ensures that goods and services continue to flow efficiently across Manitoba, which helps to grow our communities and the provincial economy.”
Through the Municipal Road Imp­rovement Program, the Manitoba Government will be providing $636 623 for a total of eight projects within the Agassiz area. Projects that are being funded include:
• RM of Alonsa – Benediction Road Rehabilitation Project ($60 000)
•  Town of Carberry – Repaving 4th Avenue ($60 000)
• RM of Glenella-Lansdowne – Road 105N Road Rehabi­litation Project  and Road 74W Road Rehabi­litation Project ($60 000)
• RM of McCreary – Aline Drive Renewal ($60 000)
• Town of Neepawa – Kellington Street Renewal ($50 000)
• Mun. of  North Cypress-Langford – Build up RD 81W -Gregg Road and Reha­bi­­­litate RD 90W – Montgomery Road ($100 000)
• RM North Norfolk - Victoria street & Adjacent-Maple & Grafton – MacGregor 
($100 000)
• RM Rosedale – Up­grade Roads and install culverts ($60 000)
• RM Westlake-Glad­stone – 4th Street from Morris Ave. West of York Street. 5th Street patch from Morris Ave. to swimming pool    
   LUD – Sidewalks; paving; main street upgrade; Pembroke Road 65W and Road 67W P. Friesen ($86 623)

The Municipal Road Improvement Program was developed in partnership with the Association of Manitoba Munici­palities (AMM) and provides 50/50 cost-shared funding for municipal road projects approved under the program. The investments in Agassiz are part of an investment of $12 million in municipal road improvement projects across Manitoba. 

Town Council Could Solar-Power Crosswalk signs be coming to Carberry?

posted Sep 12, 2017, 9:24 AM by Kathy Carr

If Foreman Mike Sudak could have his way, there would be solar-powered crosswalk signs in place at several critical crossings for students. Sudak brought information on these and other items to the Carberry Town Council meeting which was held one week early on September 5. Mayor Stuart Olmstead and only two council members were in attendance.
On a recent trip to Edmonton, he had encountered these new crosswalks, and was so impressed with how visible they are, and how helpful they would be that he investigated them more.  On sale, they still are $6695 for a pair – one each side of the crosswalk.
Council felt these would be very good near the school, and at places like 1st and Fanny where a number of children cross. They will look into grants to see if the cost of these signs, which would enhance safety on some of the busier streets that children must cross, could qualify for funding.
Sudak brought a quote for inspections of the back-up generator and control board for the fire water reserve that must be done on a regular basis which is mandated. 
The quote also included monthly checks (at double the cost), but Sudak gave assurances that these could be performed by public works. For three years of semi-annual checks, the cost is approximately $7200 – which would be split between the two councils. This was deferred to the joint meeting for discussion.
Sewer lines were also an issue for discussion with plans to water jet various lines and have a camera run through them for inspection.  There are some lines that definitely need to be done, and he mentioned some Dufferin, Jardine, Baron Bay and Smart Electric locations that should be done this year. However, on an ongoing basis, he proposed to divide the town into sections and do one section each year. This would enable council to be able to budget what needs to be spent.
He suggested that a manhole needs to be installed at Jardine and Foster where there is a T-joint. This was missed when the line was installed (prior to paving) and council ex­pressed some regret that a piece of paving will have to be torn up to install the manhole.
Charles Drive is still on the paving list for this year. A fibreoptic cable that has to be moved hindered the work taking place when they thought it would.
A large volume of water that has to be cleared out of a well near the new shop, had Mike suggesting that a good, close place to dump it, would be on the ball fields nearby. It would maybe perk them up.
Resolutions from the joint meeting
The cost of issuing a tax certificate was raised from $20 to $25.
Tracy Saunderson was appointed to the Rec­reation Board (replacing Tracy Deveau).
Council agreed to sponsor the Carberry Sandhills Big Hole Golf Tournament for $200 (shared 50/50 between Carberry and North Cypress-Langford.)
Council also agreed to sponsor the Manitoba Plowing Days for $50. This was also jointly shared.
Other business
The town had applied for a grant for the Walker path (along 1st Ave.) This was declined because the town did not meet the criteria – mainly because the gas tax funding numbers could not be confirmed because the audit was not done.
Councillor MacGregor was concerned that not only did the town lose out on money for the walking path, but they also missed out on community development. CAO Jones has expressed this frustration to the auditors that the audits need to be done in a more timely manner.
Council agreed that CAO Jones and Assist. CAO Fraser be authorized to attend the By-law Enforcement Seminar on September 8 in Winnipeg – with costs shared between the two municipalities.
Council excused Councillor B. Anderson from meetings for family concerns.
“What’s the Big Idea?” is a program that encourages entrepreneurship in the community by giving local people a chance to vet their ideas for businesses that are needed or “would fly” in the local area. Successful ideas net cash prizes to assist with their implementation.
Carberry and North Cypress-Langford have joined Neepawa and Minnedosa in this venture. Carberry Council approved a sponsorship of $1000 to “What’s the Big Idea?”
Communications &  Around the table
MADD sent a copy of their yearbook and thanked Council for their advertisement.
Newsletters were re­ceived from the Seton Centre and the Royal Ca­nadian Artillery Museum.
Councillor J. Anderson expressed his appreciation for the exemplary and organized work of the public employees during the Pearson funeral that was held at the rink. Many others have expressed their thanks for the orderliness, in what was a shocking day for the whole community. Mayor Olm­stead had conveyed his thanks to the public employees.
He also gave council some insight on possible changes in regards to dealing with the Highway Traffic Board. Dealing with the HTB on minor issues has been frustrating for council and administration and any progress on this would be helpful.
CAO Jones noted that when residential properties were allowed on Main Street, the intention was to keep the front yard “business-like.” They have received complaints that “unbusiness-like” activity is taking place in the front of a Main Street rental. A look at the conditional use order that was issued, does not contain any specific restrictions these activities, i.e. loun­ging/sunbathing, despite the fact that it was discussed at length with the property owner prior to the issuance of the CUO. 
CAO Jones will write a letter to the tenant. Coun­cil will also suggest that the property owner could install some type of “privacy screens” that would allow these activities to take place in the side yard.
Jones had also checked into the noise by-law, as there had been some complaints about spray plane activity early on Sunday. The by-law restricts noise on Sundays or holidays to after 9:00 a.m. 
“We are a farming community,” said Coun­cillor MacGregor, noting that farmers need to spray when the wind and weather cooperate and council should be mindful of being too restrictive. Others felt that Sunday and holiday restrictions would not be that hard for sprayers to accommodate. A copy of the by-law will be sent to spray plane operators. 
The Manitoba Municipal Administrators District Meeting will be held September 15. Three from the office will attend, but there will be adequate coverage for the day.
By-law, finances
There was a mail-out from the Public Utilities Board, spelling out the new sewer costs under by-law 2/2015. Only one person caught the error on the mailer that listed the new charges as “quarterly” instead of annually. These will not be implemented until 2018.
Accounts totalling $393,236.83 were approved for payments, including those payments made by direct deposit. 
An “in camera” session was held at the end of the meeting, where assisted living was discussed. Next meeting will be on October 10, and a joint meeting will be held October 23.

By Gloria Mott

Front Page for Monday, September 11, 2017

posted Sep 12, 2017, 9:21 AM by Kathy Carr

Joint Council - Carberry Detachment close to proper strength

posted Sep 5, 2017, 9:54 AM by Kathy Carr

The Joint Councils of the Town of Carberry and the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford met at the municipal offices on Monday, August 28. Reeve Bob Adriaansen was in the chair, and most councillors were present, though a couple had sent regrets because of harvest commitments.
Order was called at 7:00, and some matters tidied up before the evening's delegation. The Buildings Committee has been looking for some casual help to work on some of their concerns, and the Recreation Depar­tment has a person already on staff as a casual worker at the rink. His duties there are pretty much finished, so Buildings were authorized to call him in where they need extra help.
Tax certificates for real estate transactions take up quite a bit of staff time at the office, and the fee for them has been unchanged for long enough that it is below the usual fee charged by other municipalities. At the CAO's suggestion, the fee was raised from $20 to $25.
The delegation for the evening was from the RCMP. Sergeant Wikan-der and Corporal McKin-non attended to present their latest Occurrence statistics and concerns, and to hear any questions or suggestions councils might have.
Corporal McKinnon began with a rundown of the occurrences of the past quarter, and was pleased to report that on the whole, there is a reduction or stability compared to the previous year.
Sergeant Wikander reported that the detachment is close to its proper strength, which makes it unusually well staffed for the area. He anticipates some departures, but is also training a new cadet.
He was asked about reports that the force will be doing some speed checks on gravel roads. He explained that police are aware that people are known to take to less travelled gravel roads to avoid being caught driving impaired. Techniques to crack down on this sort of behaviour are sometimes long shots, but attempts are being made to make an impression on possible impaired drivers.
The sergeant was asked if anything can be done about drivers who decide to take side streets so as not to be caught speeding in the school zone. He pointed out that so far he has received very few complaints about such behaviour, and his enforcement efforts are driven directly by complaints. Admitting that all drivers are on their best behaviour when in sight of a marked cruiser, he will do what he can to respond to direct complaints — especially if they are accompanied by a license plate number. He also has the ear of the traffic detachment who have some unmarked cars they can use to check up on this sort of thing.
Sgt. Wikander stressed that his efforts are directly driven by what he hears from the public. If you have a complaint, let the detachment know. Even if they can't respond quickly enough this time, the complaint statistics affect all decisions about enforcement, and even about staffing.
There have recently been a number of complaints relating to animals on the loose. Apparently some sheep have gotten loose, and for a couple of weeks have evaded capture.  There have also been reports of large white dogs at loose, but there is a chance they may be the same animals. When asked about the growing number of highway signs that are developing bullet holes, his answer was that though he knows it seems a faint hope to catch that sort of thing, you should always call if you see (or in this case hear) something of the sort happening — “you never know, we might be there in the middle of nowhere looking for sheep.”
Again, the sergeant repeated “Call us, even if we may be out of the area; we need the statistics. We can only respond to problems we can document.”
He noted that in a recent wave of car thefts, they had discovered that in every case, the vehicle had been left unlocked with the keys in it. He stressed that criminals are rarely so determined as to hot-wire a vehicle; they go for low-hanging fruit. Locking and putting valuables out of sight is a good way to stay untroubled.
Sergeant Wikander and Corporal McKinnon were thanked for their visit and their work, and councils returned to their business.
CAO Jones reported that Grady Stephenson had suggested that it would be valuable to have a lawyer check over contracts for major projects. Citing as an example the ice plant contract, where the basic contract had been as provided by the contractor, councils agreed that particularly for larger projects, it would be a possible saving of a lot of money to have a lawyer vet the contract for the municipalities' interests and recourse. Councillors agreed that at times it is worrying to be signing a document committing tens of thousands of dollars when you can't be confident that your own interests have been fully covered. The CAO was encouraged to look into some sort of retainer system that could secure legal services on an ongoing basis.
Jones also reported that there are some invoices for contractors using the nuisance ground to dump construction waste and failing to pay. If they are from out of the area, there is no chance of adding the fee to their taxes as may be done with local people. 
Winnipeg firms and some evasive travelling tradesmen have been sent letters, but where that has been ineffective, the CAO asked if the accounts could be sent to a collection specialist. Councils readily agreed.
The Arts Council sent a request for consideration for a lower rent of the Old Town Hall basement. They point out that they contributed $10,000 to the construction costs in order to have a floor surface in the basement suitable for their dance classes, and with the expiry of their fairly short half-rent grace period  are facing a situation where the costs of running the classes are making them unprofitable. The standard rent that they now pay is $60/day, which is prohibitive for a couple of one-hour classes. They are facing two days a week for a twelve-week season, which is $1440 added to their costs. Part of the costs faced by the Buildings Committee is that the place needs janitorial care each time it is used. The two representatives, town and rural, on the Arts Council were asked to find a compromise price that would see perhaps an hourly rate, or an undertaking to do more clean-up or whatever was needed to see both the Arts Council and the municipalities' interests covered.
With the departure of Tracy Deveau, her position on the Recreation Board was filled by the appointment of Tracy Saunderson.

Committee Reports
Among the committee reports tabled, the Chief Administrative Officer sent word that despite a large number of problems that have taken up undue amounts of time, she is welcoming back Trish Fraser from her maternity leave, and hopes to get back to completing some of the tasks that have been put off for some time. 
These include rationalizing the policies and by-laws, among the two rural municipalities and the town, performing some employee reviews, and shredding or archiving old files.
Recreation Director Andrew Smith reported on his plans for the Colour Run (which had been completed by the time of the meeting). A promotional video of the event is in preparation. He has a long list of new and old promotions and pastimes which will be accepting registrations on Sep­tember 6 & 7. He is hoping for student volunteers taking their volunteer credits to assist through the fall. He hopes to take a weekend Sport Manitoba coaching course in Win­nipeg that would have him away from the office on Friday, September 22.
Financial Officer McConnell reports that despite holidays and surgery, she has been working to complete the budget forecasts that will be needed over the next month, and that the final audit for 2015 ought to be completed before the next month's meetings.
Prairie Mountain Health will be sending in a team of mental health workers to assist where necessary with the after-effects of the Pearson family's tragedy. There has certainly been some serious worries that a sudden fatal catastrophe raises in the public and in emergency workers in particular.
Further on the health front, the region is hosting an information session on September 5, and the Health Committee has nominated Jason Falk and Fokko Buurma to attend. The town and the RM may send two representatives each, so in addition to the aforementioned, the mayor and a councillor will attend.
Evergreen Environ-mental have secured a grant from the Federation of Canadian Munici­palities to install an experimental gasification unit, which promises to reduce 10 tonnes of material to 300Kg of ash, and to generate heating fuel from it. The unit is modelled on the much larger units in place in some urban areas, but is the size of a sea container, and if successful will be portable, and able to be shared in several small communities. Ever­green's unit will serve as a test bed and display unit for a technology that already has many orders pending. In addition, Evergreen is working with biodigester units to compost many kinds of organic waste.
The Library Board was very happy with the 50th anniversary celebration they hosted during the Heritage Festival. The cake from Modern Bakery was both impressive and tasty, and it was good to see some of the former librarians out for the event. Local MLA and cabinet minister Eileen Clarke was on hand the previous day to present a commemorative certificate marking the occasion.
The Museum Board reported a very successful Strawberry Social, and received many accolades for their retrospective slide show “Glory Days.”

MP Robert Sopuck is concerned about the federal Liberals' latest tax plans to further tax small corporations, professionals, and farmers. He encourages everyone to make their voices heard, and protest to the finance department, who have a feedback website open until October 2.
Carberry Sandhills Golf Club asked for a sponsorship of their Big Hole Golf Tournament, and councils agreed to each sponsor a hole, at $100 per hole.
The Manitoba Plowing Association asked for sponsorship of their plowing match being held in the RM on September 23 & 24. Councils agreed to a $50 sponsorship to be shared.
The Neepawa Natives are asking for a primary sponsorship, which the RM of Langford used to take. They offer free admission to their games for students from Carberry and Brookdale schools for a $1000 sponsorship. Councils felt that this was a matter for the Recreation District, and forwarded the request to them.
Prostate Cancer Aware­ness requested that councils declare September to be Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and the declaration was passed.

Around the Table
Mayor Olmstead asked if the computer server can be upgraded soon. The added speed of a new unit and the additional virus/firewall protection will be an asset. He updated Council's on various lobbying activities that the AMM is currently at work at.
Councillor J. Anderson asked what was being done for the Pearson family.  Private donations are being made, and other donations are being contributed.
CAO Jones reported that the Colour Run had been a very successful event, and a credit to Rec Director Andrew Smith. Nearly 100 participants registered, the DJs gave back their fees, and the whole event generated approximately $2000 for the Pearson family.
She also noted that it is not too soon to plan for the Christmas Party.  The purpose of the Christmas Party would be to reward and  honour staff for their work year round, not an extra task for staff to organize.  Asking around the table when it would be best to hold the event, she found that the preference was for Saturday, Decem-ber 9. She will proceed with the planning on that basis.
The Neepawa Cham­ber of Commerce will be holding an event on  December 12 to discuss proposed taxation changes. 
Reeve Adriaansen added the timely warning that with harvest upon us and the school year starting, everyone should be particularly careful on the roads.
The next Joint Council meeting will be on Sep­tember 25 at 7:00 p.m.

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posted Sep 5, 2017, 9:52 AM by Kathy Carr

What’s the Big Idea?” Hopes to Inspire Rural Entrepreneurs

posted Aug 28, 2017, 12:12 PM by Kathy Carr

Three Westman communities are asking the region at large “What’s the Big Idea?” The question, which also serves as the title for the third annual entrepreneurship event, is one they hope will be met with some enthusiastic and imaginative res­ponses on Thursday, October 19 at the Carberry Memorial Hall.
The event began in 2015 when the economic development offices in Minnedosa and Neepawa partnered to spur grassroots business development for their towns. Opening with a format similar to a science fair, the aspiring merchants put their ideas on display to an audience of industry support agencies, financiers, and the general public. Later, those participants would make a formal presentation in the “Pitch Parlour” for a chance at prize money to help launch their business.
 The concept has proven to be a great success. The first year’s event helped to launch the Inspire Studio of Fine Art in Minnedosa, 4U Home Décor and Consulting in Neepawa and an MTZ tractor dealership in Rapid City. In 2016, the event kickstarted Valley Art Therapy and Associates in Minnedosa, the Queens Eatery in Rapid City, and Avion Harvest in Eden. Another of the winners from last year’s event, 16 year-old Kennedy Baker won for her Ken’s Kustom Kicks – a hand-painted footwear line, that has just recently announced a contract with the Winnipeg Jets which will see her product on their shelves in September.
 “Winning at ‘What’s the Big Idea?’ in 2015 was the push that I needed to open my gallery,” says Marlies Soltys, the proprietor of the Inspire Studio in Minnedosa. “Sure, the prize money was good, but more importantly was the acknowledgment from someone outside my social circle that the idea had merit. Knowing I had that support from the local community development office really gave me the confidence to proceed and I’m so happy with what we have been able to create.”
 This year’s event has expanded in scope and will include not only Minnedosa and Neepawa (and surrounding municipalities, plus Rapid City), but also the Town of Carberry and the Muni­cipality of North Cypress-Langford. Organizers are hoping to continue to build the momentum that they have experienced to date and reach out to an even wider audience of aspiring local business leaders.
 “One great thing about the event is that we really get to see what ignites the passion of people,” says Marilyn Crewe, Neepawa EDO. “The pitches that we see bring forward ideas that we might not have thought about for our communities, but they are fueled with an enthusiasm that has generated new energy in our business districts. We can’t wait to see what ideas will be presented this year.”
 In addition to event support from Community Futures Westman and the Business Development Bank of Canada, participants compete for prize money in a variety of categories. While some awards are specific to the locality of the proposed enterprise, other award categories allow for the best ideas to qualify in multiple prize pools. In previous years, some pitches emerged with the judge’s verdict in as many as three categories.
 For Carberry’s EDO, Tricia Zander, she hopes that this collaboration helps to inspire the imagination of entrepreneurs in her community.
 “We really need to see what vision our young people (and young at heart) have for the future of our business district,” says Zander. “For long-time residents, they might see a vacant store front and they can’t imagine what’s possible for that space besides what was there before. The ideas that come forward from our emerging business people could shape what downtown looks like for the next generation. That’s really exciting.”
 Those looking to make a pitch and compete for prize money to launch their new business can register for free through their local community development office in Minnedosa (edo@min­ne­, Neepawa (edo­­, or Carberry (

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