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Town Council By-Law 5/2015 still before the Public Utilities Board

posted Feb 20, 2018, 9:18 AM by Kathy Carr

The council of the Town of Carberry met on Tuesday evening Feb­ruary 13, with Mayor Olmstead in the chair and all councillors present, along with CAO Jones and Development Officer McEntee.
There were to have been two delegations scheduled, but unable to attend.
Planning Matters
Rick McDonald has asked McEntee how to get sewer service to the workshop he is planning on the south side of Fourth Avenue across from Ottawa Street. The Environment Officer has suggested that a holding tank would be sufficient, and requires only the usual setbacks and a letter from the town stating that sewer service is not available at that location. As the nearest connection point of the sewer system is too high for a practical hookup, and a lift station is out of the question for the very few buildings that would be served in the area, council directed the CAO to send such a letter, and further to send one to Ray Muirhead, who plans a similar installation on another of the small lots on the south of Fourth.
CAO Jones raised the issue of the costs and procedures of hookup to the sewer system. Generally speaking, costs incurred within the property line are borne by the landowner, and those beyond the property line are the town’s, but — what should be done about costs such as the digging up and repaving of a street occasioned by the hookup or repair? Who bears the cost of an unauthorized hookup? Whose workers are to perform hookups or repairs? What recourse would the town have if something went wrong and spread water damage? She would like a set of firm policies about how costs are to be met, and who is to perform any work on the sewer system. If a connection charge is to be instated, there is the further complication of whether it must come before the Public Utilities Board, who are already the holdup with the preparation of tax notices. Council agreed that a clear and comprehensive set of policies should be drawn up; Jones was encouraged to prepare something for discussion.
Development Officer McEntee reported that he has noted a number of “seacans” [shipping containers] and a fabric-covered structure on the land of Noble Repair. These have not been sanctioned with a permit, though they would be a permitted use in an industrial zone, but they are located in an area that is governed by the Highway Traffic Board, who have designated a Highway Control Zone along any highway such as PTH 5. Owner has been advised of the problem, and will be attending a hearing of the Highway Traffic Board in the near future. Depending on the outcome, there may be some variations required, as the town plan already re­quires a 125’ setback from a highway.
Finally, McEntee brought before council the final form of the subdivision application by Ray Muirhead to resize two lots on Second Avenue, and create a third lot facing Selkirk. This will require six variation orders to alter the setbacks and overall areas of the lots involved. The proposal was approved.
Finance and Accounts
After review by council, accounts and direct deposits totaling $249,711.12 were approved for payment.
By-law 5/2015, which sets the water rates, is still before the Public Utilities Board. CAO Jones has been advised that the application is now 9th in the queue for hearing, and will most likely be settled by March.
By-law 5/2017, which details the parking regulations for the town, still requires detailed examination because of its complexity. A review was scheduled following the meeting.
Unfinished Business
From the Joint Coun­cils meeting, it was agreed to raise the wages of joint employees by 1.5% for 2018 and 2% in 2019, effective January 1st of each year. The costs to be borne 50/50 by the town and the Municipality.
It was also agreed to hire Tyler Kwiatkowski as a summer casual worker to work with the weed supervisor. His wages will also be split evenly with NCL Council.
The request of Cassan and McLeod to connect to the municipal sewer line to the north of their properties is to be approved, as the NCL Council has expressed no concerns.
At the request of administration, there will be a moratorium of two years on the purchase of boulevard trees. The time is needed to research a short list of suitable trees, establish where they are best located, and determine a policy on whose responsibility and ex­pense they are maintained.
CAO Jones, Manager of Parks, Facilities and Sanitation Stephenson, Foreman Sudak, and Councillor Mann were approved to attend an AMM leadership workshop in Portage on Feb­ruary 16. Costs include registration, mileage and meals. Those of Jones and Stephenson will be split 50/50 with the Municipality; Sudak and Mann will be wholly at the town’s expense.
General Business
Concerns were raised about ongoing security measures at the Old Town Hall and a review was taken by staff and Coun­cil. Additional security measures were discussed and advised by staff to assure the ongoing safety of staff and general public that use the facility.
A large dog jumped the fence in which it was contained, and once out attacked a smaller dog being walked by its owner. The smaller dog required attention from the vet, and there is a concern whether the large dog is vaccinated. This is a safety issue; though the owner of the smaller dog was not personally in­jured.  Since the large dog has proved its ability to escape its yard, there is a serious concern.
There is to be a Weed Seminar for the region at the Community Hall on March 21, and usually a council member attends these events. CAO Jones was asked to register one member from council, and it will be between B. Anderson and Mayor Olmstead who attends.
On the subject of pest control, there is concern of an infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer in trees of the town. Weed Supervisor Loney will be acquiring the necessary pesticide, and adding it to the list of chemicals on his annual advertisement/notice.
Since the Rural Council has actively chosen to withdraw from the CodeRed warning program, the Town has agreed to take on their sign-ups and the responsibility of ensuring the protection of our citizens at large. The Town and Fire Department will be actively promoting the program throughout the region. The fire department will be advertising it at their events, and with a laptop and a Wi-Fi connection can sign up people on the spot. The municipal office will also be taking sign-ups, so if you want the coverage; it is just a matter of stopping in at the office.
CAO Jones, ACAO Fraser, and FO McCon­nell were authorized to attend the MMAA Con­vention in Winnipeg, April 22-25. Costs of registration, hotels, meals and mileage to be split 50/50 with North Cyp­ress-Langford.
Council and CAO Jones were authorized to attend the Mayors’, Reeves’, and CAOs’ meetings April 10, 2018 in Brandon, and the Municipal Officials’ Seminar on the 11th and 12th. The costs for CAO Jones are to be split 50/50 with NCL.
The Town Scavenger, Gary Baldwin, is to be given an increase of 2.3% effective January 1, 2018. Council discussed job duties and expectations and staff will follow up with clarification.
The Council Indem­nity was raised by the same 2.3% that was given to the town employees.
Council accepted with regret the resignation of Sharon McNeily from the Western Manitoba Regional Library Board and the local Library Board. A letter of thanks for her service will be sent.  A new representative will be required, if you are interested, please contact the Town Office.
Council approved the Public Works four-year agreement from 2018-2021, subject to the non-unionized policy.
Manitoba Sustainable Development is working on aligning conservation districts and watersheds.
The Agricultural Hall of Fame requests financial support.
The Westman Oppor­tunities Leadership Group sent thanks for the support they have re­ceived from the town. The EDO and mayor will be involved in the ongoing work of the group, which is working on Economic Deve­lopment on a grander scale than would have been possible without extensive provincial and university support. It has been an eye-opener for the participants.
Paul Garland wrote to assure council that the history book he is working on will soon be in council’s hands. He added a song he has written.
The council of the Municipality forwarded a letter they received from Kelly Garnett in response to their Special Services Levy announcement.  It con­tained several thoughtful concerns about the funding of recreation, but concerns raised applied to the Municipality situation rather than the Town's.  Since Garnett is a town resident, Council took note of her concerns.
Crimestoppers reques­ted funding for their service, which is helpful to the police in inviting warnings and information. Council agreed to support the service to the amount of $200.
With the Manitoba 55+ Games are coming to the area around Glen­boro, including Carberry, council agreed to become a Gold Sponsor of the games for $500.
Kidsport is seeking support for their work which enables disadvantaged youth to participate in sport by supplying equipment, etc. Council agreed to provide the requested $300 support.
Around the Table
B. Anderson asked about budget meetings. There will be a meeting with the auditors shortly to iron out procedural details and try and streamline the ongoing process. The 2016 audit should be complete before the end of March, and most figures needed for budgeting are ready. Teresa will be asked to set up some meetings as soon as practical.
J. Anderson has concerns with the Rec­reation Board. He would like to see an active fundraising committee set up, and goals set. More public information would help, because there seems to be a growing fear that the new rec facility program is stagnant. This is definitely not the case, but the public should be made aware of the progress, and the steps to be taken (and funded). He is also concerned that the work that Andrew Smith was doing for the project has not been adequately taken up by anyone else. As there is an active, ongoing search for a new Rec. Program­mer/Direc­tor, his concerns were noted.
Council adjourned at 9:20 p.m. Next meeting of the Carberry Town Council will be on March 13th.

by John McNeily

Municipal Council - Planning matters start off Council meeting

posted Feb 20, 2018, 9:13 AM by Kathy Carr

The council of the Municipality of North Cypress-Lang­ford met on Mon­day, February 12 with Reeve Adriaansen in the chair, and all councillors present except Hockin. Also present were Financial Officer McConnell and De­velop­ment Officer McEntee.
Planning Matters
After the opening resolutions, the first business was with Development Officer McEntee. The first item he brought forward was the sign for the Neepawa Gladstone Co-op's site opposite the HyLife plant on Highway 16. Present regulations allow a maximum sign size of 21 square feet, which is well below the present standards for such a sign. The Co-op's sign is to be 9½' x 26', (247 square feet) illuminated from both sides. The Highways department has issued a permit for such a sign, and all other relevant authorities have signed off on it, so the variation was app­roved. McEntee suggested that the applicable regulations be modified so as not to have to bring a non-controversial signs to the council for variation.
Next came a request on behalf of Betty Strain to subdivide her home quarter that is crossed by the CNR tracks, separating the 44 acre part, east of the tracks, from the remainder to the west. The use of both sides will continue to be the same, as permitted by its rural agricultural zoning. There are several provincial requirements that the subdivision will entail, and a Minor Variation Order to accept a setback of 118' instead of the mandated 125'. With these conditions, council approved the subdivision.
A third application was from Robert Dane, who hopes to sever a 16-Acre parcel of his land at NE31-10-15W for a dwelling. The land lies between Highway 351 and the CPR tracks, and is due to be part of a block to be redesignated Rural Residential in the new plan. Road allowa­nces meet at the NE corner of the quarter, and in turn intersect the Provincial highway. One way or another, road access will be needed for any possible residences in the area, and council expressed hope to hear from Dane the overall “dream plan” for the area to help them plan. That being said, council had no objections to hearing more about the intended subdivision in greater detail.
from planning matters to hear a delegation from Nancy-Jo Moller and Lauren Huck of the Westlake Employment Skills and Services. They hope, despite provincial funding cutbacks, to restore five-day-per-week services to clients in the Neepawa area. To accomplish this, they feel they require $10,000 from their component municipalities. They had prepared a breakout of what this would require from each municipality involved. North Cypress Langford would be asked to contribute $1516.83 per year. Moller and Huck requested that North Cypress-Langford provide a letter of support contingent upon the participation of the town of Neepawa, who have so far held out. Council assured them that they have already undertaken to do so, and instructed FO McConnell (who was acting for CAO Jones) to send a letter to that effect. Councillor Davidson raised the question whet­her such an arrangement was fair to the other comparable organization in the region, the Spruce­woods Employ­ment Services Centre.
Maureen Johnson (who presently lives in Winnipeg) has asked whether she could have a break on taxes for her Wellwood property since when she is not there she has no need of garbage pickup. Council discussed the request, but was reluctant to establish such a precedent. Any enforcement of it would require more bureaucracy than the fees could ever cover. She is to be sent a letter assuring her that her question was discussed and the suggestion declined.
Fort Pitt, in the east end of the Municipality, has requested that they be permitted to establish a private cemetery. The zoning allows such a thing on the property; there are detailed provincial regulations for such places, and they have been met. The owners have been reminded that such a use generally lowers the value of the property, and given the private use, the right to charge for a plot doesn’t arise.
There is a considerable problem with the application of Gerald Meyers to sever a 12 acre yard site from his quarter at SW18-12-13WPM. To advise on this Devin Dietrich, a community planner with the Com­munity and Regional Planning Office of Manitoba Municipal Relations, was present. The problem is that the dwelling on the property, built in the 1930s, is very close to — probably over — the adjacent road allowance. The attached garage, built in the 1970s, is definitely on the road allowance, and the septic tank likewise. The age of the building precludes moving it, and the only way to get clear title to the land would be to close the road allowance and join it to the property. Even if the municipality wanted to do such a closure, it is not within their power because mile roads are crown land, and any such closure would have to be approved by the minister of Sustainable Development. Dietrich pointed out that such approvals have not once been made in the last 15 months. There is apparently a legal issue of some sort that must be cleared up first (if indeed it can be). No matter what, it is really unlikely that a septic tank on the road allowance would ever be allowed. No easement through the al­lowance is likely to pass either. Council’s suggestion was to get some legal advice, and get the property into some sort of compliance before making any formal application.
Financial Matters
The extension of the municipality’s water supply system into the Municipality of Rosedale has been accomplished, but so far the contractor has not provided the Municipal Office with the meter numbers, initial readings, and locations of the newly attached accounts. There will also be a bill from Neepawa for the amount of water the contractor used to flush the lines. ACAO Fraser was asked to pursue the contractor for the necessary details.
Accounts totaling $372,604.04 were approved for payment.
By-law 5/2018, which creates the Carberry Rec­reation District, is on hold pending public consultation. A meeting with public participation was scheduled for the afternoon following the council meeting.
Other Business
The council’s indemnity was discussed. It was pointed out that according to by-law 1/2015, the councillors’ indemnity was tied to that of the employees of Public Works. Despite the fact that by a union contract settlement, the employees had received an excep­tional raise after long negotiations in 2017, the councillors could not set a lower raise for themselves without rescinding and re-enacting the relevant by-law. Council resolved to accept the figure entailed by the by-law, and further to accept the retroactive increase entailed as an addition to their 2018 T4. 
Foreman Chandler came before council to discuss his “wish list” prior to budget deliberations. There were three categories on his list: Machinery, Roads, and Gravel.
Starting with the gravel, a request for quotations had been circulated, and from the answers received, the bid of P. Baker was selected.
Under the heading of Machinery, the Neepawa tractor has over 4600 hours on it, and dates from 2012; it needs replacement. The one at Brookdale, though older, has fewer hours, and is enjoyed by the operators. In specifying a new unit, consideration should be given to one with a front hitch and PTO, as well as a creeper gear, so as to mount a snow blower. The arrangement that passes power from a rear PTO to the front can get fouled pretty easily in use on rough terrain. Chand­ler was asked to obtain quotes for new equipment.
There is also a need for another packer, to have one for each of the graders. Prices are around $26,000 at last check.
All the Municipal trucks are getting on. A gradual change-out should be planned. For a start, the old white truck in Neepawa has 239,000km on it over 10 years, and needs replacing. After quite a bit of discussion about needs through the seasons and locations, Chandler was asked to prepare a detailed list of the age and mileage of all the fleet. He hopes to acquire a crew cab truck, and the question is what should be traded for it. It should be fitted with a hands-free phone, to avoid some of the delay and interruption from using a simple phone when it’s legal.
Chandler was asked whether the insurance could be taken off the spray trucks while they are idle during the winter. He will check with MPI.
The matter of which roads need to be worked on over the summer took up quite a bit of discussion time. For funding, the Gas Tax money is most important, but it has to await the completion of the 2016 Gas Tax AER report because Road Improvement Grants are matching dollars, and the Gas Tax funds can be used for the municipality’s half, to maximize the cost-effectiveness of the work.
The Gregg road will have been paid for, but the contenders for the next projects were discussed at some length. The final list was: a mile of Road 69N to be raised; and two miles of Road 88W (the Harte Road) likewise. The greatest costs of raising stretches like these are the costs of clay and the costs of transporting it to the site.
Next on the list are: Road 64N, the Power Line Road; Road 76W, the Melbourne Road, where 3¼ miles need to be lifted and narrowed; a mile of 86W; Road 91W, the Montgomery Road; the Carberry Trail which is getting a bit wide and low with heavy traffic; and another stretch of Road 88W at Oberon.
There are also several machinery roads that need widening as trees start to encroach, and some roads and ditches that are filling in with blown soil, where it is possible that nearby farmers may be interested in coming to take away the soil to reshape the road.
Chandler was asked to prepare tenders for the first two jobs, and to be sure to be careful to keep detailed paperwork on all road jobs, as it can impact the funding.
While he was there, council asked Chandler what the situation was with beaver control. He replied that for the moment he is able to blast, because he has an accredited explosives handler on staff, and he and another staff member are working on getting the necessary experience to be accredited. Though many beaver dams can be broken up with a backhoe, it is not always possible to get a backhoe through wetlands to do the job, and blasting is the only way. The municipality pays $350/yr. for the use of a licensed explosives magazine.
Councillor Drayson suggested that winter might be an opportune time to clear trees from some of the road al­lowances where bush is encroaching. Chandler agreed to look into some of the locations he suggested.
From the Joint Meeting
Tyler Kwiatkowski was hired as a casual worker for the summer, with his wages shared 50/50 with the Town of Carberry.
CAO Jones, Manager of Parks, Facilities and Sanitation Stephenson, and Town Foreman Sudak were approved to attend an AMM leadership workshop in Portage February 16. Costs for Jones and Stephenson are to be shared 50/50 with the Town of Carberry; Sudak will be entirely at Carberry’s expense.
Council also agreed to increase the wages of joint employees by 1.5% in 2018 and 2% in 2019, effective January the first of each year. The costs of the increase to be shared 50/50 with Carberry.
The question of whether to continue to support CodeRed resulted in some discussion. Though for residents near the rail line where immense tonnages of dangerous materials are transported it might be useful, many councillors felt that the US-based company had not made it practical to sign up a rural property, and that the system gave a false sense of security. Whet­her anything seriously emergent would get by the warning systems already in place was questionable. The province is working on a province-wide system, and we can wait for it. The motion to support CodeRed was defeated.
General Business
Linda Baron was appointed to the Library Board as citizen representative.
A motion to pay the fees associated with the setup and use of the Royal Bank as a payee for Property taxes and Utility accounts was tabled for lack of detailed usage figures.
Discussion of what to do about the joint meeting scheduled to conflict with the MMAA convention was tabled to the next meeting.
The application of Cassan and McLeod to connect to the Carberry sewer system raised no concerns.
CAO Jones, ACAO Fraser, and FO McCon­nell were approved to attend the MMAA convention at a cost of $405 per person plus hotels, meals and mileage. The costs are to be split 50/50 with the Town of Carberry.
Council approved the Neepawa Vet Board levy for 2018 of two installments of $1635.
The RCMP crime statistics were received, and there was discussion of an occurrence at the Old Town Hall, where a dance class had been interrupted by someone coming in off the street. Since it’s a public building, there are few things that can be practically done about such things.
The province is actively promoting membership in Watershed Dist­ricts, which puts some pressure on North Cyp­ress-Lang­ford to join the Upper Assiniboine Watershed because of the parts in the west and south of the Municipality (including the Shilo Base) not in the Whitemud Watershed. There is very little done with water in those areas, and the last time it was checked out, the fees for membership in that basin were considerably more than the value that membership would provide. If it isn’t made mandatory, council would prefer to sit tight. Coun­cillor Davidson, who sits on the White­mud Water­shed board, will be attending the public meeting on March 8, and will report on developments.
Many people have been requesting reprints of their Property Tax bills. Particularly where this involves going back more than two years’ files, this is a drain on the office staff, and they would like to charge 50¢/sheet for such work. Council approved the charge for any bill before the current year.
Council approved the attendance of Council and CAO Jones at the 2018 Mayors’, Reeves’ and CAOs’ meetings in Brandon on April 10, 2018. CAO Jones’s entry will be funded 50/50 with the Town of Carberry.
Several communications have been received. The Neepawa Natives will be hosting an Ag Expo in the Yellowhead Centre in Neepawa on April 5, and ask for an agricultural product or service to be donated for auction for the profit of the Neepawa Natives and the Yellowhead Centre. Council declined.
Multi-Material Ste­war­­dship Manitoba sends word that North Cypress-Langford will receive $23,202.20 this year, in quarterly installments. This comes as a result of recycling 78½ tonnes of material last year.
NADCO sends word that it is looking to increase its line of credit substantially.
Neepawa Area Col­legiate Institute asks if the Municipality will continue to support the graduates of NACI with a scholarship. Council ag­reed to do so and passed a motion to do so both for NACI and Carberry Collegiate.
Manitoba Weed Supervisors Association sent information on the upcoming seminar in Carberry March 21, 2018 
Environment and Climate Change Canada sent out information promoting letters of intent to support Lake Winnipeg Basin Program.  NACTV sends information about their (dire) financial situation and hopes to solicit either a grant or a purchase of ad space. Council declined.
Council did however agree to support Mani­toba Crime Stoppers with a grant of $200 as in previous years.
The 55+ Games are being held in Glenboro and the surrounding area – including Carberry. Council approved being named a Gold Sponsor at a cost of $500.
A resolution to support KidSport in 2018 had to be defeated so that it could be passed through to the Recreation Dist­ricts.
Council suggested to the office that where donations are being solicited, someone on the council should present the idea, and draw up a resolution at the time, rather than pre-declaring a resolution that may have to be recorded as defeated when it is perhaps to be redirected as in this case.
With that, the meeting closed, quite late. It was just in time to open a public meeting on the matter of the Recreation Dist­ricts. Response to the advertisement describing the Rec Districts had drawn both written and an in person delegation. Anne Reddon appeared before council to question and hear clarification about by-law 6/2018, which creates the Car­berry Recreation District.
In the first place, the “Carberry Recreation District” is not the town of Carberry, but rather the rural properties surrounding Carberry which look to Carberry as their primary source of recreational opportunities. The map delineating the catchment areas of the five districts [Carberry, Brookdale-Oberon, Well­wood, Edrans, and Lang­ford] is too large and complicated to show here, but may be viewed at the municipal office.
The creation of these Recreation Districts was required when North Cypress amalgamated with Langford, collapsing the previous districts. With the new districts in place, residents of the Municipality will see on their tax notice where their Recreation Special Service Levy will be allocated. The mill rate historically was set at 1 mill, and most recently was reduced to 0.9 because of the considerable increase in assessed value in the Municipality. For the purposes of the new by-laws, the rate is capped at 1.5 mills, but that is only a maximum; the most likely start point will be 0.9 mills. It will be based on an estimated total cost of recreation applied against the total assessed value of property in the Municipality.
Recreation Districts which do not use their entire allocation collected by the Special Service Levy may leave it on account with the Municipality, and save it for projects more costly than could be accomplished in a single year. All money collected by the levy will go to the recreation district from which it is collected. 
Reddon declared herself reassured by the explanation given, and those who intervened by letter will be approached to see if their concerns have been met.
Council thanked Reddon for her concern and interest, closed the public meeting and convened to give By-law 6/2018 its first reading.
Next meeting of Council will be March 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

by John McNeily

Front Page for Monday, February 19, 2018

posted Feb 20, 2018, 9:08 AM by Kathy Carr

Shameless Folk entertains at Museum Fundraiser

posted Feb 12, 2018, 9:46 AM by Kathy Carr

The weather was cold and the winds were nasty, but it did not keep the public from coming out and supporting the museum and their efforts to fundraise for needed Gingerbread House repairs.
About 85 people showed up at the Royal Canadian Legion on Sunday afternoon for a concert of Celtic music, provided by the “Shame­­­less Folk” of Brandon. They were not disappointed. The Band, consisting of Bruce Dunlop, Kerry Skinner and (former Well­donian), Bill Turner played a variety of ins­truments: guitar, ac­cor­dions, flutes, drums, and even a bicycle horn that sounded like a duck! There were a variety of songs, as well – some well-known Irish Rovers’ tunes; some originals composed by Dunlop, and some well-known older songs, like the Fare Thee Well to Nova Scotia.
The audience had chances to participate. Who knew there were actions to the Irish Rovers’ Unicorn song? Becky and Jerrold Niko­laisen helped us all with those actions. During the Tennessee Waltz, a few people took advantage of the dance floor space and danced. During one of Dunlop’s songs, there was an opportunity to howl like a dog – which the audience did!
Between the numbers, there was some good-natured banter between the band members – and sometimes the audience. 
The playbill said 1:30 to 3:30, but the band played on until 4 – but no one seemed to mind! During the event, there were two door prizes: Helen Downey came home with a plant, and Dorynne Anderson with a box of chocolates. Alan Baron was the big winner of the 50/50 draw, taking home $153. 
The Carberry Plains Museum Board also offered some of their items for sale, and the public had an opportunity to purchase a CD from Shameless Folk, as well. The Museum Board wishes to thank the Legion, the Shameless Folk, the News-Express and the public for their support of this event. 

by Gloria Mott

Free Fishing Weekend February 17 to 19

posted Feb 12, 2018, 9:44 AM by Kathy Carr

The Manitoba government will continue the tradition of offering free park entry for the entire month of February so Manitobans and visitors can enjoy the great outdoors at no cost, Sustainable Develop­ment Minister Rochelle Squires announced.
“Manitobans love the great outdoors and our parks are just as beautiful at this time of year as they are in the warmer months,” Squires said.  “We encourage everyone to take advantage of the activities and the scenery our parks have to offer.”
Vehicle permits are not required in any provincial park this month, but SnoPasses are still required for snowmobiles using groomed trails in the parks, and entrance fees still apply in national parks. There are groomed trails in 12 provincial parks across the province for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and hiking.  Spruce Woods and Turtle Mountain provincial parks also offer outdoor skating areas, hockey rinks and toboggan hills while fat biking is welcome on designated trails in Birds Hill, Spruce Woods and Whiteshell provincial parks.
Trail grooming reports are updated online every Thursday throughout the winter. Manito­bans are encouraged to check trail conditions and weather forecasts before visiting parks to properly plan their outdoor adventure. Maps of winter trails and updated reports can be found at
In addition to free access to provincial parks this month, anglers are reminded they will not need an angling licence to try their luck during this year’s Winter Family Fishing Weekend from Feb. 17 to 19.  Anglers will be able to fish without a licence provin­cewide. Conservation limits will apply and a federal licence will still be required to fish in national parks.  
Anglers are reminded to be sure conditions are safe before venturing onto the ice. It is important to let someone know the fishing location and to wear appropriate clothing so the ice-fishing experience will be enjoyable. 
For more information on fishing regulations in Manitoba view the Manitoba Anglers’ Guide at 
Park interpreters are offering several guided experiences this winter.  Interpretive programs are free and offered year round in Birds Hill, Spruce Woods and Whiteshell provincial parks. Highlights for the month of February include:
•   learn to ice-fish sessions in Spruce Woods Provincial Park on Saturday, Feb. 17 and Whiteshell Provin­cial Park on Monday, Feb. 19; 
•    a winter family fun day at the winter recreational area in Spruce Woods Provincial Park on Saturday, Feb. 24; and
•    a winter safari in Birds Hill Provincial Park on Sunday, Feb. 25.
Interpretive programs are happening every week in February. More information on these events and other upcoming programs can be found under the events tab at the new Manitoba Parks Facebook page 

Front Page for Monday, February 12, 2018

posted Feb 12, 2018, 9:42 AM by Kathy Carr

Carberry RCMP investigating break and enter

posted Feb 9, 2018, 7:31 AM by Kathy Carr

On Friday, February 3, 2018, at 12:00 pm, officers from the Carberry RCMP Detachment received a report of a break and enter to a business located on Toronto Street in Carberry.

Officers attended the location and discovered that a suspect gained entry into the business through the front door. Once inside, the suspects searched throughout the business causing damage to the property. Officers examined surveillance video on site and discovered the break-in occurred at approximately 3:45 am.

The suspect is described as being approximately 5’11”, 180 to 200 lbs, wearing a light coloured hoodie, light coloured pants, and black fingered gloves.  

RCMP are asking anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity on Toronto street in the early morning hours of Friday, February 3, to contact the Carberry RCMP at 204-834-2131 or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, submit a secure tip online at or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).


Carberry RCMP continue to investigate.

Joint Council - New Planning Document well designed

posted Jan 29, 2018, 8:28 AM by Kathy Carr

The meeting of the Joint Councils of Car­berry and North Cyp­ress/Langford was cal­led to order at the close of an hour-long meeting with Agassiz MLA Eileen Clarke that had called for 6:00 p.m. on Monday January 22.
Ms. Clarke was there to pass on information from the government about its ongoing promotions and problems, and to pick up any concerns the councillors might voice.
Reeve Adriaansen cal­led the meeting to order, and all councillors were present except David­son. With the opening formalities out of the way, the first item of business was Plan­ning. The Plan­ning Dis­trict has met to study the new Planning Docu­ment being prepared, and Mayor Olm­stead reported that it appears to have been well designed. Consultant Ter­­ry Brown has app­roved the effort as realistic and properly forward-looking. There has been a meeting with the Neep­awa Plan­ning District, and discussion of the concerns along the border between the two districts was productive and cordial. Planner McEntee has provided a summary of new permits this year, showing that assessment in Carberry will be augmented by $1.78 Million, and in North Cypress/Langford the growth will be $10.2 Million.
A motion to support Drug & Addiction's “Adopt a Classroom” program was defeated.
Councils discussed the CodeRed program. The municipality, where there has been very little sign-up, is questioning whether to continue to use the system, but in town, where the uptake has been better, there is a determination to continue to use the service. It only needs to save a single life to more than pay for itself. Councillor J. Anderson would even consider adding the municipality’s few sign-ups to the town's list to ensure that the service is as widely used as he feels it should be. The municipality will be discussing the service at its next meeting.
The departure of the Recreation Director has left the Personnel Com­mittee discussing just what will be done to replace him. One meeting has discussed the problem, and another has been called. The committee will come up with a recommendation and present it to councils.
Employees of the joint councils were voted a cost-of-living increase of 1.5% this year, and 2% in 2019. The increase will be over and above any regularly agreed increments.
Councils have agreed to hire a student as a casual summer weed applicator. The student, Tyler Kwiatkowski, will have half of his five-year applicator's license paid for this year, and the remainder if he returns next year.
The Manitoba Com­munities Services Coun­­cil, whose funding has been reduced, has asked for a letter of support. The MCSC would run fun­draising bingos in support of various projects, and local charitable and volunteer organizations have often used the MCSC's services to secure funding for projects of all sorts, and councillors were happy to offer their support.
Winterfest is coming; Friday, February 2 there will be a community bonfire, and a dance program presented by the pupils of Taylor Orchard. 
Saturday, February 3 there will be a full program of entertainment at the Community Hall starting at 2:00 and running through until 10:00 in the evening, including a talent show and “Perogyland” dinner. 
There will be more information in the paper, and on the website and facebook page. The organizing is in the hands of Arts Council Coordinator Amy Urquhart, and Manager of Parks etc., Grady Stephenson, and CAO Jones.
A program called “Managing Your Primary Leadership (Yourself)” is being presented by AMM in Portage on February 16. CAO Sandra Jones, Manager of Parks, Facilities and Sanitation Grady Stephenson, and Town Foreman Michael Sudak were authorized to attend.
Committee Reports:
CAO: A busy, if stressful month. Accounting delays are making it difficult to open another year in the accounting software, and the auditors are suggesting changes that will be helpful only after they are accomplished.
The staff are working well to clear away bottlenecks, but there is still plenty of planning and coordination to be done.
Winterfest has added to the load of the Arts, Grady and Sandra. There are also consultations with Foreman Sudak who is working on a list of priorities and grant applications.
Arts Council: The next promotion is the Quiz Night, which will be held on January 26, with a new format. Teams will consist of six members instead of eight as previously held.
Health: Prairie Mountain Health have been working to ease any congestion at the Health Clinic, bringing a doctor from the north to fill in, and providing locum services. The Health Committee will be meeting shortly to discuss recruitment, retention, and service improvements.
Evergreen still haven't got the portable gasification unit going, but are confident the tests will be positive and by spring the unit will be generating considerable savings along with the gases.
Library: Councillor Campbell reported that he is no longer the chair of the Western Manitoba Regional Library Board since their recent Annual General Meeting.
The Manitoba School Boards Association sent a letter with their concerns about zoning for marijuana outlets. Their recommendations to keep such facilities a kilometre from school buildings were impractical in a rural community's context, but their concerns were noted.
The Carberry North Cypress-Langford Fire Department sent in their annual review of statistics. They detailed 71 calls in 2017, 14 in town and 57 in the Municipality. The greatest number of calls were motor vehicle accidents.
The Manitoba Weed Supervisors Association sent word of their 2018 Weed Control Update, which will be held in the Carberry Community Hall this year, on March 21.
Around the Table
Mayor Olmstead reports that the Westman Opportunities Leadership Group, who have been building a case for a soya bean processing facility in Westman, have been given a $75K grant which will serve to retain consultants building a business case.
Councillor Mann advises that there will be a fundraising concert on February 4, from 1:30–3:30 at the Legion. The music will be provided by “Shameless Folk,” a Celtic band. Cost is $10, including a light lunch. Proceeds will go to repairing the porch of the Gingerbread House.
CAO Jones had printed out a copy of the recently arrived Statistical Information for Municipalities in Manitoba, which is over 50 pages of densely packed detailed information about municipalities; size, financial details, and so forth. Save the trees — look at it on line.
The meeting adjourned at 8:10 Next Municipal meeting will be on February 12, the Town will meet February 13, and the Joint Councils will meet on February 26.

by John McNeily

Projects in Agassiz Constituency Receiving Grant(s) of $ 141,945

posted Jan 29, 2018, 8:26 AM by Kathy Carr

Gladstone, Manitoba – Eileen Clarke MLA for Agassiz welcomed an announcement of funding for community development projects across Manitoba, including in the Agassiz constituency.
The Manitoba government will be providing more than $1.4 million in grants to projects for non-profit and community-led organizations, community-driven neighbourhood revitalization, and local community development projects. In the Agassiz constituency, this new funding announcement includes the following project(s):
 • $30,000 under Stra­tegic Programming for Town of Neepawa and Region RM’s to support their Regional Recreation Master Plan
 • Up to $36,945 under Community Plan­ning As­sis­tance for Munici­pality of West­lake-Gladstone to support their Develop­ment Plan and Zoning By-Law Review
  •  $75,000 under Partner 4 Growth for Town of Neepawa for Westman Opportunities Leadership Group to support their Soybean Processing Plan Investment Attraction Initiative
“I am very pleased that our government is investing in community development here in the Agas­siz constituency,” said MLA Clarke. “Our Pro­gres­sive Conser­vative government understands the importance of supporting community deve­lopment projects and the benefit these projects will deliver across Manitoba. That’s why, in 2017-18, our government has committed more than $20 million to support community development.”
For more information about community development grants, please visit

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