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Meet the Candidates running for BPSD School Trustee

posted by Kathy Carr

For the Beautiful Plains School Division, they have an election happening this year for School Trustee in Ward 1 - Carberry & Area. With four candidates vying for the three spots, we reached out to them, to learn more about them and why they would be the best person for the role. Here for you are the candidates that are running for School Trustee in Ward 1.

Amanda-Rose Bourget
Tell us about yourself - I was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB with my five siblings, parents, and maternal extended family. I have lived in the Westman area for the past 15 years in a variety of communities and attended Brandon University. My spouse grew up in Carberry, which led us to purchase a home in the community. We moved to the North Cypress-Langford Municipality in August of 2016. Since then, I had the opportunity to work in the community at R.J. Waugh School with some of your children as an Educational Assistant during the 2016/17 and 2017/18 school years.

What made you decide to run for School Board Trustee? I decided to run for Trustee to become more involved in the community and use my skills to give back while also further developing myself. After taking on leadership roles on councils, boards and committees, I felt this was a natural and important next step. I believe that good boards require diversity and when I looked into who was making the decisions for our schools and children I did not see any young trustees at the table. I think having young board members is important for many reasons including succession planning. 

Why are you the best person for this role, why should we vote for you? Voting for me means a young woman’s voice at the decision and policy-making table. I have a background in Mental Health, Advocacy, and Policy and hold a Bachelor’s Degree in both Sociology and Psychology. I have worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors including unionized environments. I have been a human rights officer, both an employee and employer representative on Health & Safety committees, and was the young workers representative for the prairie region provinces on Public Service Alliance of Canada’s regional council; now I am a Volunteer Crisis Counsellor and an Affordable Housing Program Coordinator. I bring a wide range of skills and knowledge to the table and am fluent in French. It would be an honor to have the opportunity to be a voice in education for our community; addressing key issues directly related to the achievement and success of our children, whilst exercising fiscal responsibility and accountability to our taxpayers. 

John McNeily
Tell us about yourself - I am a firm believer in local, responsive government. Having lived in Carberry for twenty years, working here and now retired. I’ve had a chance to serve the community in various ways. My wife Sharon and I enjoy volunteering in the community of Carberry, and participating in Neepawa events with our grandchildren. Serving as a school trustee representing our area has been an important role I would like to continue.

What made you decide to run for School Board Trustee? Education is one of the most important and valuable things that anyone has. It is important to start learning early and never stop. Schools need the support of the community; taxpayers need their schools to do their job well and responsibly. A trustee is the communicator in the middle. It’s a fascinating job.

Why are you the best person for this role, why should we vote for you? I have been a trustee now for eight years, and Chair of the Board for the last two. I have had time to learn and understand the complexity of the School Board’s job. In the coming years, the review of Education Finance will present local divisions with challenges and opportunities I think I can best help navigate.
Please vote on October 24th; show you care about local control of education spending. I hope to be one of your choices.

Richard Manns
Tell us about yourself - I’m Richard Manns and I’ve been a Trustee for the past 12 years.  I live 7 miles north of Carberry with my wife Angela and work for Paul & Kim Adriaansen at Spud Plains Farm in Wellwood.
We have four children and two grandchildren. Our youngest, Broni is in Grade 11 at Carberry Collegiate. Bryanna is attending her second year at Brandon University studying for her Bachelor of Nursing. Raelyn, our eldest daughter is a teacher in Winnipeg and our son Tyral lives in Victoria, B.C. and is a carpenter/welder and just recently married.
What made you decide to run for School Board Trustee? 12 years ago I was elected onto the board of Trustees with an agenda but I learned very quickly that the education system was way bigger than my immediate concerns. This is what sparked my passion and desire to be a part of moving our division and education forward.

Why are you the best person for this role, why should we vote for you? We are in a very challenging time, although the govern­ment increased funding for education overall, that resulted in considerably less money for Beautiful Plains. We need to take a really hard look at ourselves and find efficiencies within the division. It’s also exciting with the construction of the new school in Neepawa, or colonies choosing to build new schools and promoting the value of education.
The government is undertaking a review of education and the way they fund school divisions. The trustees have a lot of work ahead of them to lobby and fight for what our division holds dear. Bigger isn’t always better and the ability for us to raise funds locally allows for the division to support the special programming within our division.
Governments come and go but children keep coming into our school system and we are being challenged to do more with less money. Cutting costs isn’t a realistic option especially when the cost of living is increasing and new technology is on the rise.

Lavern Biehn
Tell us about yourself -  My name is Lavern Biehn. I was elected to the Beautiful Plain School Board in 2014 and I am seeking election for a second term.  
My life is centred around my 4 kids who are between the ages of 10 and 17, three of whom attend school at Carberry Collegiate. They are involved in various sports programs in the community. My daughter also competes in the Manitoba Baseball’s Girl’s program at a provincial level which has provided ample opportunity for our family to travel around Manitoba and Canada.  
I was born in southern Ontario where I was raised on a dairy farm. After graduating from high school, I worked in the trades for a number of years. 21 years ago I moved to Manitoba and completed the BN program at the University of Manitoba. I have lived in the Carberry Area for the last 15 years and have developed a strong love and appreciation for this growing community and the diversity of its members.  I now call Carberry home.
Currently I am employed by Prairie Mountain Health. I have been a RN for 17 years and have worked at HSC, Carberry Plains Heath Centre and now at Brandon Regional Health Centre Emergency Department. I also work as a Clinical Instructor for the Brandon University Faculty of Nursing providing instruction and guidance for nursing students in the hospital setting.

What made you decide to run for School Board Trustee? These past 4 years have been a tremendous learning experience as a trustee and I have gained a deep appreciation and respect for the people who care for the education of our kids. I am seeking election for a second term so that I can continue to represent the interests of the Carberry and Area community as well as the rest of the school division at the board level.
Our current government is currently evaluating our education system. This undertaking gives us a premonition that significant changes are in store for how education is delivered and governed.  Considering this premonition, I have chosen to run again for school board trustee so that in the event I am successful in the election, I will be a part of a board that can provide consistent and ongoing leadership and governance. Stability in leadership is essential in times of change because ultimately, the quality of our kids’ education is at stake. I believe that stability in leadership allows our teachers to continuously improve the quality of the education they provide to our kids.

Why are you the best person for this role, why should we vote for you? I have passion for education, especially high-quality education. As a nursing professional, my career revolves around providing high quality care and client education. Care and education are tailored to fit each individual because every person has unique challenges to overcome. I believe the same is true in the education of our kids. Every student has a unique set of abilities and teachers work hard to provide education that is tailored to meet their individual needs. I believe that it would be a privilege to be elected to a position where I can collectively serve with other trustees to support our school division in providing high quality education. 

Town Council - RCMP ready to enforce Parallel Parking

posted by Kathy Carr

Carberry’s Town Coun­cil met on Tuesday, October 9, in the council chambers, with Mayor Olmstead in the chair, and all councillors present except for Councillor Mann who was absent. Also attending were Manager of Parks, Facilities and Sanitation Stephenson, ­Develop­ment Officer McEntee, and newly acclaimed councillors Muirhead and Tolton.
First item of business after the opening formalities was a report from Grady Stephenson, who has been helping supervise Public Works in the absence of a foreman.
Stephenson’s first concern was the invoice from Quarry Hills Contracting for the recent work on the sewer at Jardine Avenue. The quote had been for $58,750 but the invoice when it arrived was for $80,836.40. The difference was explained by the need to dewater the excavation, a need arising from the unseasonable wet weather. 176 cubic yards of crushed rock and a greater than expected amount of A-base had to be trucked in and applied. Stephenson has ordered a camera to be passed through the work to as­sure that it is satisfactory, which can be done before the payment is due. In the course of the work, the excavation collapsed due to the excessive moisture, and when re-excavated, a sewer line was accidentally reattached to a damaged section. State­ments from the contractor and employees have been given to the insurance adjusters.
Because of the weather, there are a lot of delays to ongoing projects. The fire line extension up Main Street to the Daughter on Call project will still take place this fall, but has been delayed. There is concern that putting in the line will involve digging up any driveways that cross the town’s boulevard. If the paving was done at the owner’s expense, the town cannot offer (or afford) to restore it to any particular standard. The land is the town’s; any special treatment is the householder’s option and responsibility if no signed agreement was entered into.
Council agreed that it should be sure and draft a firm policy about work performed on town bou­levard to clear up any misconceptions, and that in new construction, the development agreement should reference the policy.
Stephenson has a long list of jobs that are to be done before winter, but is worried that it won’t be completely cleared. Any­thing that involves paving contractors will certainly be delayed, and below a certain temperature will have to be held over to spring.
The signs requiring parallel parking at the side of Meyers’ store are being repositioned to be more visible. The change is a safety concern and the RCMP are ready to en­force it. Once the month’s grace is up, there will be tickets, and more importantly, offenders will be towed. As the grace period is ending, warnings will be placed under the wipers of offenders, but once the grace period elapses, towing will start. If necessary, fines and fees can be added to taxes.
The north curb of Second Avenue at Main Street, by the Presby­terian Church, has been correctly parallel parked for some time — except for the duration of church service on Sundays. The congregation will be asked to comply with the now universal ban on angle parking.
The lane behind Fourth Avenue from Toronto Street to the CVM lot is to be closed to vehicles, again for safety reasons. Walkers and bicycles will be able to get through, but vehicles will be blocked.
Developer Simon Ryan wants the road to his latest development off Dufferin Street in place to allow construction vehicles access to the site. The road is a T cul-de-sac feeding onto the east side of Dufferin between First and Stickle. A road bed will be built, but since a sewer line is soon to be run down its centre, it will be left as a 22’ gravel surface, suitable for truck access. The drainage should comply with the development plan.
The old town shop remains an ongoing issue. Half of it is condemned, and the other half is condemned if there is any snow load on its roof. It would cost a considerable sum to demolish, perhaps more if any remediation is required for the land. About 50’ should be severed off the east end for access to the new fire hall, and a deadline for demolition should be part of the sale contract.
A question was raised whether any environmental hazards could be pas­sed off to a new ow­ner. A legal opinion will be sought. If necessary the town will have to demolish, and sell the site for correspondingly more.
Planning Matters/ Delegations
Council recessed to hold a public hearing on a couple of conditional use and variance orders. First to be considered was Ray Muirhead’s application to subdivide a 50’ x 117’ lot from two dwellings he owns at Second and Selkirk.
A submission had been received from a neighbor, concerns that the inc­reased density this would create would be a greater problem for fire control, create parking problems, and be a detriment aesthetically.
Development Officer McEntee pointed out that normal required setbacks between adjacent buildings are 5’ for each buil­ding, and the plan of subdivision showed just over 6’ from the existing buildings, with Muirhead’s original proposed plan leaving 7’ on his side. Muirhead spoke to the concerns, saying that though he had intended to move a 36’ building onto the 50’ lot, which would have left 7’ setback, he rather agreed with the neighbor that the proposed density might not be the best solution. He is now considering building new on the lot. He pointed out that the proposed lot is two of the 25’ lots from the original town plan. The existing dwel­lings share three of the original lots; their depth is 75’. The Variance order is to reduce the setbacks to the rear to something more like a side setback.
Stephenson, who is also a member of the Fire Department, agreed that for firefighting purposes, a combined gap of better than 10’ would be fine if it weren’t obstructed by heavy shrub plantings or the like. The site is accessible from two streets and a lane.
Next, Council considered a variation order for Simon Ryan of Ryan Developments Ltd. He is in the process of develo­ping and subdividing lots along the west of Duf­ferin Street north of First Avenue. They are 120’ wide and 161’ long. He would like to make one of them into a Park/Play­ground. This would be a per­mitted use in the Residential High Density zone, but the setbacks in the zoning law are large for such a purpose. He asks that the setbacks be reduced to 30’. No objections have been raised by any neighbours consulted. This is a re-application of an approval that expired in May, due to Ryan’s personal matter delaying him.
Council resumed their meeting to consider the two applications. Muir­head’s application, V08-18C was passed. Ryan’s application, V13-18C was also passed, noting that the creation of a green space and play area in a high density residential area was nice to see, and represented a cost to the developer that will perhaps be recovered in making the surrounding lots more attractive.
Finance and Accounts
Council considered the financial statement for October 1, and B. Ander­son asked how the deficit showing would be made up, now that all taxes have been collected. He was assured that there are several grant programs that remain to be received, but it was agreed that it would be a help if the Financial Officer would provide com­mentary and highlights of the statement along with the bare figures going forward. Ac­counts totalling $194,082.65 were app­roved for payment.
All municipal boards have been asked to re-examine their establishing by-law, especially in the light of the amalgamation. The Carberry Plains Arts Council Board has done so, and made several suggestions. By-law 4/2018, their proposed by-law, was given first reading.
A critical change they have requested is to be called the Carberry Plains Arts Council — dropping the word “Board” from their name. Council felt that the name should be kept as “board,” so that when Council speaks of them, there is no ambiguity between “Council” and “Council.”
Other details arose in the discussion. There are conflicts between the by-law and their constitution which should be harmonized. Where the by-law gives the number of members as 10, and in practise there are usually between six and eight, practise and the by-law should also be harmonized. If a quorum is five, that is probably the minimum number of mem­bers. It is probably un­necessary to declare a maximum. Youth members (which the Board is very fortunate to have) may participate fully in all discussions, but not being of legal age cannot vote or form part of a quorum. Their time is credited to their volunteer hours for credit with the school.
The Board’s use of the loft space over the Mus­eum is mentioned in the by-law. Though there is no change proposed, it would be courteous and duly diligent to contact the Museum Board to confer about this.
By-Law 3/2018, the False Alarm Policy, which provides for a mandated penalty for repeated false alarms within a 12-month time frame, was read a second and third time and became law. For a third off­ence, there will be a $500 fine. The Fire Depar­t­ment will keep track and administer the policy. Fines may be added to taxes.
Unfinished Business
A resolution was pas­sed as proposed by the AMM membership. It asks the AMM to lobby the Province to restore the Municipal Road and Bridge Program by which municipalities used to remedy infrastructure de­ficits. The transition to the shorter funding and more complex application pro­cess of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, Phase 2, (ICIP2) would be repealed.
Council approved Captain Clyde McCallum to take a Training course at a cost of approximately $1000, for the benefit of the department and the community. Costs to be shared 50/50 with the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford.
General Business
The 2018 CP Holiday Train will stop in Car­berry on Tuesday, Decem­ber 4 at 5:30 p.m.  This will be a fundraiser for the Chris­tmas Cheer Board and the Carberry Food Cupboard. The stop will present some national-class entertainment for the enjoyment of the local audience and support a good cause for our community.
Richmond Survey Monument Restoration will be repairing a monument at Stickle and Young. The costs will be shared with the government.
A comfort letter is to be forwarded to support the marketing efforts of the Westman Opportunities Leadership Group in app­lying for Invest in Canada grants to help in attracting a soy bean processing plant to the area. Such support is only done with matching dollars so if it is granted the town may be on the hook for up to $5,000, depending on the size of the grant. It will have to be considered in the 2019 budget. Council agreed to send the letter of support, as the possible gain is worth the risk.
Under the Freedom of Information and Protec­tion of Privacy Act, it is required that the Town designate a head, and to assign the responsibility for complying with the act. Resolutions were passed declaring the Mayor to be the Head of the Town, and the CAO to be the FIPPA Access and Pri­vacy Officer, and the ACAO and Adminis­trative Assis­tant to be Access and Privacy Co-Ordinators.
Council agreed to support the Carberry Hal­loween Dance Committee with a $100 donation.
Council agreed to pay the invoice from Wolseley Mechanical to replace, repair and purchase four hydrants at a cost of $27,577.65 to be taken from the Fire Safety Reserve. It was noted that it has transpired that only two of the hydrants will be needed at once, and that thus for the first time there will be not just one spare, but two. This is a considerable expense to just keep around the shop. Stephenson agreed to look into the possibility of retur­ning one of the units.
Council also agreed to purchase a new heater for the shop from True North Plumbing and Heating at a cost of $2,551.15 plus taxes. The funds come from the Shop Main­­tenance and Repair budget.
Added to the Agenda
Administrative expenses in the Municipal Office are currently split 50/50 with NCL, with a bonus of $25,000 being paid by NCL to compensate for the extra work that their concerns place on the Office. It is suggested that a fairer arrangement might be to change over to a per capita split; the Town is disadvantaged by the present arrangement.
Manitoba Infras­truc­ture has sent the 2018/ 2019 Snow Removal Agree­ment. This covers the clearing of provincial roads in the town’s care — Main Street, First and Fourth Avenues. Since this is unilaterally decided and sent to all affected municipalities, there is no wiggle room for negotiation.
Details of participation in the AMM convention were discussed. Two of the acclaimed were present and able to confirm their intention to be present; Mike Sudak was unavailable until later.
An interesting situation has arisen in regards to the AMM convention and election to the Executive Board. A fellow councillor known to Mayor Olmstead and to the Town council, Jeff Browaty Coun­cillor for North Kildonan in Winnipeg, would like to run for AMM Vice President. His own council, which is the City of Winnipeg, will not be meeting until after the November 5 deadline for nomination. He has asked Olmstead who he has sat with on the AMM Board to help in his nomination to run, which must be in the form of a nominating resolution from a member municipality. Mayor Olms­tead obliged, and presented a resolution to council which passed after some discussion. It is interesting how few urban councillors have sought an executive position in AMM. Browaty will be the first from Winnipeg in anyone’s memory to run for the Board.
Around the Table
B. Anderson asked about the progress in hiring a new Public Works Foreman. He was ad­vised that a meeting to address the issue would follow this one.
J. Anderson mentioned that the No Parking sign on Main north of Second, by the Presbyterian Chur­ch has seen better days and asked that it be replaced. He also asked if any further word had been received on the town-wide free internet service provided by Morden. There is still no word from them as of yet.
He also asked why he hasn’t heard more about the 50/50 fundraiser that the Capital Project Fund­­raising Committee was setting up and was ad­vised that until a license is issued, it is not permitted to publicize the lottery. The license is expec­ted in the next two or three weeks.
Lastly he asked about the Joint Municpalities’ Christmas Party. It is to be held on Friday, De­cem­­ber 7.
Councillor J. Mac­Gregor took advantage of her last “Around the Table” opportunity to discuss councillors’ participation in the various boards that council establishes. She feels that attendance at the many boards and committees councillors are required to sit on takes up a great deal of time without necessarily ad­ding to the effectiveness or res­ponsibility of the board in question. She also feels that in some cases it leads to muddy communication between boards and council. She suggested a review of the need for and nature of council participation in the various sub-boards. There are cases, such as Evergreen and Cypress Planning, where the only participants are councillors, and these are characterized by being forums for talk among municipalities. Boards that are within the town or town and rural municipality are less in need of direct oversight or reporting. There is a possibility that some would better function if they would bring any questions, re­quests or concerns directly to the council table either as a delegation or via letter. This way information would be clear and every­one would be on the same page when making decisions. Mon­thly reports could be imp­lemented as they are for Joint Coun­cils. It was suggested by other Counci­llor's that consideration should be given to combining certain boards. Regard­less, she recommended new coun­cil take a thorough look at the relationship between coun­cil and community boards and how to make it more effective and less time consuming.
CAO Jones advised the new councillors that swearing in would take place on October 25, and an orientation session on Monday the 29th.
Grady Stephenson advised that the new Fire Line is on track to be installed in the first week of November.
Development Officer McEntee thanked the present council for their work and their support, and wished those departing well, and those starting out good luck.
Incoming councillors Tolton and Muirhead both thanked the present council and the departing councillors for their service.

by John McNeily

Front Page for Monday, October 22, 2018

posted by Kathy Carr

Meet the Candidates running for Election in NCL

posted Oct 16, 2018, 9:21 AM by Kathy Carr

As you might have read in our October 8 edition of the News-Express, we decided to try something a bit different here. We send out three questions and asked for the candidates to send us back their responses. We thought it would be good for our readers to hear directly from the candidates themselves on why they decided to run and what makes them the best person for the role.
 After meeting some of the candidates that are running for election in the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford in the October 8 issue. We are now pleased to run the remaining candidate’s answers to the questions we asked them.

Ward 1 - David Blair

Tell us about yourself - My name is David Blair. I have lived and farmed most of my life in Ward 1. The only time I have not resided on the family farm was when I lived in Winnipeg, practicing as a Chartered Accountant. I no longer grain farm and have reduced my cattle numbers which will allow me to commit to the duties as Councillor.

What made you decide to run for council? I felt that Ward 1 should have a resident representing it on Council. I have an ongoing interest in municipal affairs and have voiced my opinions and concerns at past meetings. I am able to make thoughtful decisions independently and am fair and approachable and I am honest.

Why are you the best person for this role, why should we vote for you? I feel that there should be new people on council who have new ideas for the betterment of this municipality. There is a joke relating to elected persons. “Why are elected officials and babies’ diapers similar? They should both be changed regularly for the same reasons.” I feel that I am the best representative for Ward 1 Councillor.

Ward 4 - Don Hockin

Tell us about yourself - I have lived in this amalgamated municipality all my life. My first schooling was in Brookdale for 9 years. High School was completed at N.A.C.I., Neepawa. I graduated at Red River College in Civil Engineering Technology. After a short stint with Manitoba Hydro, I farmed for thirty years. I have three grown children and have lived with my common law wife Charlene for about 22 years. I now do casual work for Manitoba Agricultural Services as an adjustor.

What made you decide to run for council? This was an easy decision as I have been a councillor for 30 years. I have been a councillor in the newly amalgamated municipality in Ward Four for 4 years. I feel I have unfinished business to complete in this Ward. Infrastructure is very important to residents and improving all weather roads and updating backroads is a needed service. I see the job of a Councillor as a community service. I would support a new Fire Hall in Carberry as their storage shed has been condemned. I also support potato growers in their plight to get access for buried water lines and hydro. 

Why are you the best person for this role, why should we vote for you? I would encourage people to vote for me on Oct. 24, 2018, as I am quite experienced. I have time to commit to council and other committees that go along with council. I volunteer on many committees such as Royal Canadian Legion, Roxy Theatre and Neepawa Curling Club. I’ve always been fiscal responsible for the municipality and work well with our staff. Our municipality is in a strong-well established financial position with good equipment and good roads.

Ward 6 - Gerond R. Davidson

Tell us about yourself - Let me please introduce myself, I am Gerond R. Davidson. I am a fifth generation farmer in the municipality. I bought my first half section in 1995 and have been farming ever since. After graduating from N.A.C.I. I took the winters off from farming to take Agri-Business at A.C.C. and political science and history at B.U. At university I became involved with various boards and organisations. Serving at different times on the Board of Governors and the student union. Returning to full time farming just in time for BSE. I have been married to Diana, the love of my life, for ten years and we have three beautiful girls.  

What made you decide to run for council? I first decided to run for council in 2006 after a call from Stu Briese when he told me he was retiring from council to run for MLA and he thought I would do a good job. Having studied both provincial and municipal politics while at B.U., I had an idea of what the job would entail. But most important in making up my mind was that I truly love living in Langford and my lifelong connection to the land and the people that make up this great community made me want to give back to help keep it a great place to live for the generations to come. 

Why are you the best person for this role, why should we vote for you? I care deeply about our community and I believe that I can and have made a positive influence. Community service is a closely held conviction of mine that runs deeply in my family. I am proud of the many accomplishments that we have made as a municipality such as protecting the community pasture with a conservation agreement and successfully navigating a forced amalgamation. Recently I have been a part of a regional recreation plan, with our neighbours Neepawa and Rosedale, that is striving to deliver a seamless border-less recreation service to our citizens at fair and equitable costs. I have proven leadership ability and was elected to the position of chairman of the Whitemud Watershed District within the past year. I make informed decisions after listening to all opinions on a matter and doing my homework on an issue. I like to take a constructive approach to problems. When somebody has a problem I like to help them get it fixed. I am not here to represent the municipality, I am here to represent you the citizen taxpayer.

NCL Council By-Law 10/2018 - False Alarm Policy receives second reading

posted Oct 16, 2018, 9:06 AM by Kathy Carr

The Council of North Cypress-Langford met on Tuesday morning, October 9, with Reeve Adriaansen in the chair, and all councillors ex­cept Drayson present.
With the opening formalities done, accounts totalling $331,921.40 were approved for payment.
Council went on to discuss a by-law (No. 13/2018) to review the establishment of the Arts Council Board. All boards have been asked to review their empowering by-laws, and the Arts Council have sent in their requests, which include a request that they be called simply the Carberry Plains Arts Council.
Council gave the requested by-law its first reading, and noted that the request to be simply called the Arts “Council” be reconsidered, as the use of “Council” should refer unambiguously to the Municipalities’ Coun­­cils. It was also suggested that the Board’s name reflect the inclusion of Langford. Cal­ling it Carberry Plains Arts Council Board might be sufficient.
Another by-law, No. 10/2018 re: False Alarm Policy was read a second time. It provides for a fine of $500 to be levied in the event that a false alarm is repeatedly generated and the problem not corrected. The Fire Department is given discretion to assess this fine, and has clear policies in place to govern them. The by-law received its third reading and has become law.
Unfinished Business
From the Joint Coun­cils’ meeting, Coun­cil approved a resolution calling on AMM to lobby the provincial government to reinstate the simple Municipal Road and Bridge Program and restore its funding. The change to the more complicated and restrictive Phase 2 of the Canada Infras­tructure Program is to be dropped.
Council also app­roved a resolution to fund Cap­tain Clyde McCallum to take a Training Course at a cost of approximately $1000 to benefit the Fire Department and the community. The cost will be split 50/50 with the Town of Carberry.
General Business
The 2006 Cat Scraper needs two hydraulic pumps replaced at a cost of $32,119.79. Council approved the expense, to come from the Equip­ment Replacement Re­serve. This will deplete the reserve enough to require an allowance to be made in next year’s budget.
Two motions were passed as required by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The first designates the Reeve as Head of the Municipality, and the second appoints the CAO as Access and Privacy Officer and the ACAO and Administrative Assis­tant as Access and Privacy Co-Ordinators.
The Public Utilities Board (PUB) continues to ask for details back to 2012 to back up the deficit application ACAO Fraser sent in. The cost in time is wearing, and the requirements perhaps beyond her training. She has asked around among other municipalities, and found that they usually rely on an outside consultant for work with the PUB. On their recommendation, she requested that Council retain Way to Go Consulting to carry out the Utility Rate Study at a cost of $3800 plus mileage, with extra costs for any additional meetings or hearings. Council agreed to the request, taking the funds from the Utility Reserve.
Council approved a donation of $100 to the Carberry Halloween Dance Committee.
Planning Matters/ Delegations
Council broke from its meeting to convene as a public hearing regarding an application for conditional use and variance orders from Byron and Betty Steen, who wish to sever the 6.68 Acre yard site from their property at NE21-11-14W. Plan­ning Officer McEntee reported that all surrounding lan­downers had been advised, and no comments or objections had been expressed. The site is between the minimum (5 Acre) and maximum (10 Acre) size that is required for a rural non-farm dwelling site, and the variances re­quired for the setbacks of house and buildings are well inside the 10% that is allowed without special permission. Council resumed its meeting, and approved the requested Conditional Use CU05-18NCL.
Council was advised of a request from Paul Buhler to operate an automotive repair, reclamation and sale operation on his properties at the west end of Highway 351. This could be a Home Occupation, which would entail a small, family-only workforce, and no visible changes to the property. Alter­natively it could be viewed as a Home-based Business, which would require a conditional use application, and its public consultation. Council recommended that Buh­ler seek a Conditional Use application, so that limits on the extent and upkeep of the property could be imposed. Auto­motive operations of this kind are at risk of becoming unsightly. Buhler will need approval from NCL before MPI will issue their approval for such a business.
Added to the Agenda
The Lessard Road project has hit a snag in that the Department of National Defense has no intention of closing or realigning their access to Highway 5, and the road allowance on which Les­sard wishes to travel parallels their access so closely the Highways Department is worried that they will become a single, dangerous, overwidth access. The municipality will apply separately to Highways for their own access, which by rights should not be able to be refused.
At the upcoming convention of AMM, Coun­cil will be asking to meet with the ministers of Finance and Education to discuss the way that Education funding is raised from the Munici­pal tax rolls. The present system places a disproportionate burden on agricultural lands.
The Manitoba Non-Profit Housing Association invites representatives to their sixth annual conference, themed ‘Building Partnerships 2018.’ The emphasis is on urban planning, and not relevant to NCL.
Spruce Plains RCMP sent the September statistics.
The Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference requests support. NCL hasn’t done so in the past, so it declined.
Manitoba Sustainable Development sent a Water Rights License to cover the drainage culvert already built in Brookdale at the junction of highways 353 and 464.
Around the Table
Planning Officer Mc­Entee reported on the September 13 Public Hearing that Cypress Planning held. The Town of Neepawa, represented by the Mayor, the CAO and Council members presented a detailed and well-prepared intervention, asking for some substantial changes to the Planning Document where it affected them as neighbours. They ask that they be consulted at greater length when decisions are made at their borders. They worry about the availability of water to service proposed rural residential areas proposed, and they object to reductions in the setbacks from their borders for livestock operations. The reductions were at the request of Manitoba Agriculture, so they will be difficult to change, but some of the other details are already in the course of being worked out — Fire Protection, Rec­reation, and the like. As to the water restrictions, it was pointed out that Neepawa’s water is taken from a 1500 Acre-feet reservation from North Cypress-Langford where it is drawn. It was agreed that the presentation was not inappropriate, and that Neepawa has been relatively easy to deal with, and that it would be proper and desirable to broaden communications with Neepawa where matters near the border are being discussed.
Davidson mentioned that Langford Recreation District is looking at joining with Neepawa and its neighbours to create a seamless use of the recreation facilities in Neep­awa among the people living in the north part of NCL. Funding of the Langford Rec District is used entirely at their discretion, and it is an appropriate purpose.
Jackson has been looking into getting the water shut-off valve in Brook­dale that was hit by a mower repaired. At present the stem is so bent that it would be impossible to close the valve.
Hockin asked if SEO Epp was working out well for the municipalities. He felt that there hadn’t yet been publicity enough about the election and its details. CAO Jones assured him that advertisements and pos­ters were in hand, and the job was properly covered.
Tolton suggested to those discussing the Neepawa submission to the Planning Board that if there was a difference bet­ween what Neepawa wanted and what Manitoba wanted, that it was better to follow Manitoba’s instructions.
Reeve Adriaansen had found that several trees had been downed onto Road 65 near Firdale, and that municipal equipment wasn’t enough to clear them properly. The cost to bring in the appropriate machines and get it cleared will be around $2500. He noted that the best sources of information on what was obs­tructing municipal roads were the grader operators who are out on them all the time.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:30.

by John McNeily

Front Page for Monday, October 15, 2018

posted Oct 16, 2018, 9:03 AM by Kathy Carr

Meet the Candidates running for Election in NCL

posted Oct 9, 2018, 9:57 AM by Kathy Carr

Ward 1 - Clyde McCallum
Tell us about yourself - I am happily married to Julie  works in Carberry. I am a full time firefighter in Southport as well as a journey person automotive technician. We enjoy living on our acreage just outside of Carberry. I was born in Carberry and have lived in the area 98% of my life. I am involved in the recreation board, local fire department, and enjoy hockey, snowmobiling, motorcycling and fishing.

What made you decide to run for council? I have been a councillor in the past and enjoyed the job. I recognize the challenges that will come with the job and believe I can serve the constituents of the municipality with professionalism and respect. 

Why are you the best person for this role, why should we vote for you?
I believe I would be the best person for the job because I have worked and lived in both urban and rural areas of the municipality. Growing up in town I have an understanding of what the constituents in the communities of Brookdale, Wellwood and Edrans may need. Working for many years for a farm operation in the past I have an understanding of what the farming community in the municipality may need. Last but not least living on an acreage I have an understanding of what the many rural residential lot owners may need. For these reasons I know I can make good decisions in representing all constituents in the municipality. That is why you should vote for me. 

Ward 1 - Norm Campbell
Tell us about yourself - I married into this municipality 60 years ago. We first lived in Brandon then moved south of Winnipeg. From there we moved to Oxford House then to Island Lake next to The Pas, then on to Thompson, then back to Winnipeg. From there moved to the farm where we have been for 39 years. I spent 25 years with the federal government as a maintenance supervisor and property manager and I believe  I am a better councillor than I was 19 years ago.

What made you decide to run for council? 19 years of council is in my blood. I enjoy council and committee meetings this is where things get for the betterment of the people. I enjoy learning new things and meeting new people

Why are you the best person for this role, why should we vote for you? I am always on time and have never missed a council meeting in 19 years. I listen more than I talk. I always look at both sides of a problem. I had a part time job until the cafe closed Sept. 30, so now I have more time to spend doing council work.  

Ward 4 - Dallis Olmstead
Tell us about yourself - Hello and thank you for taking a moment to learn more about me. My name is Dallis Olmstead and I am running for the position of councillor in Ward 4. I am a 36 year old wife, farmer, Massage Therapist, and mother of 3 wonderful little children. I was raised near Neepawa, but have proudly called the Carberry area home for 12 years. My husband Kevin and I are cattle farmers in Ward 4. I am a self employed Massage Therapist and have loved this career for over 16 years. I’m currently working part time from my home office, which would still grant me the flexibility to serve my community.

What made you decide to run for council? Ward 4 is home to me. This is the neighbourhood in which I live, work, and raise my family. I believe we, as a Ward, deserve to have a representative who has invested interest and pride in the way that our municipality is run, and the the way our roads are safely maintained. I want to be the approachable and familiar face that you feel comfortable passing on ideas and concerns to. I think that your councillor should live in the ward that they represent, and I would love that opportunity.

Why are you the best person for this role, why should we vote for you? Because I care. I believe that a younger, local and female voice would be an asset to the council. I am not afraid to share my opinion, and I will do my best to speak up and put forward concerns from the rate payers. I may not have experience yet, but I am eager to learn and step up for my community. Thank you for your consideration.

Ward 6 - Malcolm Murray
Tell us about yourself - I am a local boy with family roots going back to the late 1800's and have been farming in the area since I could raise a pitchfork and carry a chop pail. I have been farming on my own since 2005 with grain and cattle. I am married with two kids and enjoy several hobbies including restoring antique tractors and vehicles. 

What made you decide to run for council? I have been interested in being part of council for years and feel that at this point in my life I have the time required to give to the position the attention it deserves.

Why are you the best person for this role, why should we vote for you? I put my name forward for council because I feel that with my knowledge of the local area, farming background, an aptitude for numbers and clear business sense gives my neighbours a good choice with a strong voice at the council table.

Report from Association of Manitoba Museum

posted Oct 9, 2018, 9:49 AM by Kathy Carr

The Manitoba Association of Manitoba Muse­u­ms annual conference was held at the beauti­ful Mennonite Mus­eum in Steinbach.
The first afternoon was a great deal of explanation and detail regarding long term support and income by the Winnipeg Community Foundation.
This is a long term support designed for smaller and mid-size museums in conjunction with Mani­toba Heritage Trust Prog­ram which our Manitoba Govern­ment has a vision to promote our heritage and help sustain museums. We are fortunate to have our own Com­munity Foun­dation. The vision is for maintaining our past and at the same time partnering to inc­rease tourist traffic for our community and pro­vince. The tracking of this vision is already proving to be an investment in our museum, archives and community within the province.
This is a three year program in which we have an opportunity to raise money not only for operating expenses, but dollars to achieve capital expenditures by creating an Endowment Fund.
Ideas for starting such a fund come from people in our communities and do not need to be large, but to achieve such a fund to start as the government has set aside this large fund to “stretch” our dollars for every two dollars we raise, the fund will put in a dollar. The Endow­ment Fund may be started by using ideas such as a donation for important birthdays, anniversaries or remembrance of our citizens. People who have fond memories of the community (i.e. people who spent part of their youth, visited grandparents or cousins who have lived here). The idea again is to sustain and grow our past and present maintaining a place in the community.
Thanks, your ideas are welcome, stay tuned for this exciting venture!
Submitted respectfully,
Marion Whitmore
Co-chair, Carberry Plains Museum

New Girl Guide Programs in Carberry

posted Oct 9, 2018, 9:48 AM by Kathy Carr

More than 30 Car­berry girls have enrolled in the new Girl Guides (9-11), Path­finders (12-14), Brownie (7-8), Sparks (5-6) program which meets at the Arena on Wednesday evening. Tanya Polasek is the Guides & Path­finders leader while Leah Bryant heads up the Sparks & Brownies although there are other assistants.
Polasek, is looking forward to sharing her love of Guiding she learned back in her youth at Selby, SK. Tanya stated that the girls will be out selling Girl Guide cookies soon. The leaders are pleased to report their groups are filled to capacity, “We’re off and running and the girls are really excited,” Bryant said.
Girl Guides provides a safe, all girl environment that invites girls to have fun, try new things, challenge themselves, find their voice, meet friends, and make a difference in the world.
Our vision is a better world, by girls.
Our mission is to be a catalyst for girls em­powering girls.

by Gladwyn Scott

Front Page for Monday, October 8, 2018

posted Oct 9, 2018, 9:43 AM by Kathy Carr

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