With the AMM Municipal Official Seminar and Mayors & Reeves meetings taking place on the regular council meeting night, Town of Carberry Council met on Monday, April 10, at 3 p.m. Mayor Stuart Olmstead chaired the meeting with all in attendance.
The Ryan Developments Ltd. plans, to re-zone the area south of the existing eight-plex units were presented at a public hearing. The proposal is to re-zone the westerly portion of the property from Agricultural Residential Reserve to Residential High Density to allow for the establishment of two additional multi-family residential units and a small park and playground and the easterly portion of the property from Agricultural Residential Reserve to Urban Highway Commercial to allow for future commercial development.
The easterly portion of the commercial property will have a 125 foot Highway Control zone, which could be used for parking or storage. Access to the property will not be allowed from Wellwood Road (the legal name is" Mitchel Road") so it will have to be from the south or from Dufferin Street to the west. As this area is already designated as a Mixed Use Area various Residential and Commercial uses are permitted. Planner McEntee noted that the proposed zoning change had been distributed to 13 government departments and agencies and no concerns had been raised.
After the completion of the hearing, council gave second and third readings to the by-law to allow the change in zoning.
In other matters, council discussed the Oliver subdivision west of town and in the rural municipality. A sewage line is in place that connects to the town system and hook-ups consist of a septic tank with pump.
Council previously established a rate to hook into the system ($1000 initial fee and 4x the base rate annually).
No hook-ups are to go into the system without council’s approval. Installers have been informed of these requirements, but may need reminded as the development fills up.
Looking to the future, if and when the Town expands to the west any further extensions of the sewer system will require a lift which must be taken into consideration budget wise. Council will put this on the agenda of a planning meeting.
By-law 1/2017, establishing a rate for the operation of the town’s community recreation services as a special service for the years 2017-2023 was read a second time and third time and became law.
There were a number of resolutions that initially passed at joint council that were affirmed at this meeting, with costs shared between Carberry and North Cypress-Langford: Teresa McConnell and Sandra Jones to attend the MMAA Conference Apr 24-26; that Grady Stephenson attend the Aquatics facility Operator’s Course May 4 in Brandon; K & L Loney, D & B Menzies to attend the MB Association of Fire Chiefs Conference June 1-3 in Winnipeg (this coming from the fire budget).
A letter of concern was raised about the vehicles speeding on Market St. During harvest, this traffic also includes heavy trucks. As there is a daycare in the area, a request was made for “Children Playing” signs for that block. They have been ordered.
A request from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to participate in a legal defense fund, for $52.50 was declined.
CAO Jones outlined what plans are in place for Canada 150. There will be a free swim that day, and there will be a barbecue to go along with it so far. The Mayor and Council will be barbecuing and helping out with the Canada Day celebrations.
The Fire Dept. is considering ordering extra fireworks to celebrate Canada's 150 for the fair weekend and the Arts Council is the recipient of a “Mosaic” grant as well. They have not decided where to put the artwork yet.
Around the table
Councillor Barry Anderson questioned whether any rates had been set for garbage removal. Council has been informed that any changes in special services levee require a study. Then, if approved, it can be set for several years in advance.
Councillor John Anderson questioned whether a cell-phone policy was in place. CAO Jones has done a rough draft so far. He also questioned whether the town has a mission or vision statement yet. They discussed opening that to the public (ideas could be submitted), but a lot of ideas could be gained by looking at other’s mission and vision statements in advance. This will be an issue to discuss at a future strategic planning meeting.
Councillor Jaime MacGregor questioned whether there was room to incorporate group camping in the new recreation area. There is a good demand for that service.
Planning Officer McEntee continued on the theme. He questioned what the plan was, once the ball diamonds are opened at the new site. Mayor Olmstead commented that if they were allowed to remain in place there would be an opportunity to host various provincial tournaments until a proper development plan was in place for the area. The ball diamond property on the west of town is in a prime position for all kinds of development. At present, there are many options and lots of time to make a decision.
McEntee noted that the new Recreation property should be properly landscaped prior to any trees being planted.
Prior to adjournment, accounts totalling $154,309.56, plus direct deposits were approved for payment. The next meeting will be on May 9. Next joint meeting will be on April 24. The May joint meeting will be held on May 29 (rather than May 22, which is the long weekend).