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Joint Council - Can Commissionaires help with the animal control issue?

posted Oct 1, 2018, 8:29 AM by Kathy Carr
The Joint Councils of the Town of Carberry and the Municipality of North Cypress Langford met on Monday night, Septem­ber 24, with Reeve Adriaan­sen in the chair, and all councillors present except Drayson.
Unfinished Business
The first matter discussed was the allocation of the money from the sale of the garbage truck. Each council had allocated differently. Since the waste management issues will be paid 50/50 by town and municipality. The transfer station will need upgrades to its scale and its buildings, the particular details will come from the Waste Manage­ment Committee.
Another long standing piece of unfinished business concerns the search for an animal control officer. The CAO has advertised, and is receiving resumés and proposals for the position, and has also been advised that the Commis­sionaires have asked to meet with the CAO and councillors in the near future, with a view to addressing by-law enforcement issues. Whatever might be wor­ked out with them, it may be necessary to get something in place for the partial solution of animal control at once; delaying until the Commis­sionaires get something into place may be too time costly. At the North end, Langford had good success using the services of Neepawa’s animal control.
Council was visited by Dan Mazier, who is seeking the Conservative nomination for the riding of Dauphin – Swan River – Neepawa to replace the departing Robert Sopuck as federal MP. He brought with him his Official Agent, Bob Edmundson.
The riding is very large, running from the Saskatchewan border to Lakes Winnipegosis and Manitoba and from the 57th parallel down to us at North Norfolk, North Cypress Langford, Elton, Daly and Woodworth. It covers the same area that is represented by six provincial MLAs.
Mazier is from the Justice/Forrest area, and has lived and farmed there through much of his life. His most recent position was President of KAP, the Keystone Agricultural Producers. He has served in that position for eight years, and has made presentations as high as the Senate and House of Commons committee's. There are four candidates running for the nomination in the riding, and it is a riding where the expectation is that the winner of the Conservative nomination will indeed be the eventual MP.
Mazier is seeking the support of present party members, and hoping to secure more support at the nominating convention by selling party memberships. The deadline to become a member in time to vote is October 11, and memberships are $15, available from him or online.
He feels he is well equipped to represent the area effectively because of his long history as President of KAP and the lobbying efforts they have undertaken, and his particular concerns are those of the farming community, particularly the need for connectivity. Too much of the riding is without good cell service or high speed internet, both of which have become vital to maintaining equality of opportunity in a growing interconnected market. He made the point that though he can steer a tractor by GPS to a location specified in quarter inches, he can’t necessarily call for help if it breaks down.
Various councillors asked his position on topics of the day, and appreciated his quick and knowledgeable answers. He thanked the councils for the opportunity to speak with them.
General Business
The AMM Convention is coming up on Novem­ber 26-28 in Winnipeg.  The problem of preparing for it is complicated by not knowing just who will be attending, as the election happens in the meantime. It was agreed that there would be no overlap; the same number of rooms as last year would be booked, and would be used by the councillors current at the time. This is different from the situation four years ago, when both past and future councillors attended; there was then an overlap caused by the process of amalgamation.
A motion was passed as prepared by the MMAA, to be presented to the AMM at convention. It asked the AMM to lobby the provincial government not to proceed with their plans to transition the Municipal Road Improvement Prog­ram into Phase 2 of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, and to restore the former funding levels. The MRIP was a simple, well-designed tool to prepare infrastructure budgets, and it’s cut in funding caused quite a bit of grief to many municipalities. ICIP2 is less accessible, and puts a greater burden on local taxpayers.
A motion was passed to approve Captain Clyde McCallum to take a training course that would enable him to train local volunteers, and thereby save the department time and money. The cost of $1000 would be borne equally by the Town and the Municipality.
The Fire Department has also asked for a set of four tires at $299 ea. installed, and some traffic control signs that need to be changed — eight of them at $84 apiece. These costs will be presented at later meetings.
Committee Reports
The CAO reports that September has been busy, with the tax deadline coming up.
The Capital Fund­raising Committee has linked Service for Seniors, the Fire Depart­ment, Rec­reation and Facilities to work for ways to reach funding needs without going to the taxpayer. There will be a 50/50 draw starting in October.
The Town is advertising for both a Public Works Foreman and an Animal Control Officer and will be interviewing soon.
The Lyons Estates/ Daughter on Call project had a sod turning; work is proceeding quickly with this effort which started with a meeting Daughter on Call had with Debra Steen, CDC Zander, Mayor Olm­stead and the CAO, and has grown into a physical reality.
The CAO congratulates the Town’s new council on their acclamation and thanks the outgoing councillors for their service. NCL will have elections in three wards, and the remaining three wards and Reeve where acclaimed.
She sent thanks to the Fire Department, Hydro crews, Parks and Rec­reation, and the EMO for their work over the weekend past, where so many were without hydro, crews were continually busy on the streets, and the rink was kept open to allow people a chance to wash and warm up.
The ACAO has been working on the 2017 audit and the upcoming budget. She attended the MMAA with the financial officer, and found it an important refresher course. The PUB is asking for more information relating to the utility system rate review, which occasions a lot of work. Other municipalities usually farm these applications to consulting companies; we may have to do the same.
The sewer agreements for the Oliver subdivision are now complete and will be sent out to the residents.
She is well into her last accounting course and should finish before Christmas.
The Financial Officer is back from holidays and working on audit and budget details. She at­tended the MMAA district meeting in Brandon with the ACAO, and heard encouraging details about the MEBP pension plan. AMM will be refunding some of their surplus this fall, and is lobbying for the restoration of the Municipal Road Improvement Prog­ram. The new Infrast­ructure Grant program is complicated and time consuming, and less practical to budget on.
The Education Pro­perty Tax Credit has been changed: It will no longer apply to municipal property taxes, and the minimum threshold of $250 has been withdrawn. This will seriously affect those whose Education Tax was below the $700 figure. Residents whose taxes rise sharply will have to be assured that the rise is a provincial effort, not the local municipality’s.
The Recreation Prog­rammer reports a successful end to the Summer Day Camp program, with all required Green Team reports complete.
Mass Registration was held on September 5 & 6, but there were suggestions that the first week of school wasn’t an ideal time. She’ll be looking into changing to the second week next year.
Basketball programs, junior, teen/adult, and adult co-ed are drawing participants.
Some leisure activities:
October 1 — Acrylic Pour Class; 14 registered, room for 6 more
October 10 — Diffuser Bracelet Workshop; cancelled, looking for new date
October 15, 22, 29 — Craving Change; 7 registered, more than enough to run.
November 19 — Kombucha; 4 registered, need at least 2 more to run.
Brianna will be attending a Tri-Regional Rec Meeting October 16, and hopes to attend PMH’s Share and Learn, October 29 & 30.
Winterfest this year is being held December 1, in conjunction with the Santa Parade, Hockey Day in Carberry, the Arts Council’s performance of Seanster and the Monsters at RJ Waugh, and the Firemen’s Ball. Events will be staged through the afternoon.
The CDC reports that the election has taken up almost as much of her time as it did when she was SEO last time. The ‘What’s the Big Idea?’ promotion in Glenboro on October 17 is in the late planning stages. The readiness assessment for the Soybean facility is now complete.
She attended the sod turning for the Lyons Estates/Daughter on Call home and is excited to see the progress.
With Service for Seniors, Recreation, and the Fire Department, she has been sitting on a committee to raise funds for capital projects. Their first effort, a 50/50 draw, will start in October and be drawn in December.
Evergreen Environ­mental has successfully renegotiated the price of their new skid-steer, and the gasification  project is still ongoing.
The Fire Department sent in their statistics for the month, which was relatively uneventful, and note that they are looking to use their money from the hole-in-one contest to purchase an $878.69 multi-gas detector to be used for gas, CO, and confined space calls.
A tour of the McCain factory, a yearly requirement, was their training opportunity for the month. They are using their new laptop, and thank councils for their contributions to it.
The Library remains on shorter hours while a new librarian is found and hired. Through the week they are there 12:00 – 5:00, and closed Satur­days.
The Manitoba Assoc­iation of Medical Radia­tion Technologists sent a request that Novem­ber 4-10 be proclaimed Medical Radiation Tech­nology Week.
The Director of Operation Manitoba EMO sent out a clarification on the relationship between the MB Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) and certain entities operating in the emergency management field in Mani­toba. Mention of this brought to mind the events of the past weekend, during which it was impossible to reach anyone at Hydro to advise of breakdowns or get information. It is very frustrating to find that an outage ten hours old hasn’t yet been reported to the foreman who has to fix it. The suggestion was made that we should lobby for a line to the local foreman or dispatcher for the particular use of the EMO personnel, who were just as unable as the public to get updates in or out of the system. Relying on cell phones and web sites is no answer in a rural area with no coverage and no high speed internet especially when the power is down. The CAO was asked to see if Hydro’s regional manager could be invited out for a discussion.
RCMP’s ‘D’ Division sends word that they will be present at the AMM Convention to discuss any concerns councillors may have.
CancerCare Manitoba sent a letter thanking the town and municipality for their share in the very impressive response to the Potato Truck Pull, a remarkable effort that this year contributed $127,397.85 to Cancer­Care.
Around the Table
Mayor Olmstead reported that Cypress Planning had a good turnout for their meetings to present their new planning document. There had been some input from the Town of Neepawa to repeal changes that had been made at the insistence of Manitoba Ag­ricul­ture. Some of this has arisen because of the changes to Langford as it joins the Cypress Plan­ning District. A meeting should be arranged among the parties.
CNCP is presenting a Rail Safety Week, which would be good for our Emergency people to attend. Changes to the Canada Pension Plan in the works for 2025 may entail changes to the employee pension plans; it will be necessary to plan ahead, as budget figures will change.
Neepawa Library is holding an Open House on October 4.
AMM has arranged a meeting with one of the higher level civil servants implementing the Accessibility Act. They would like input from especially the smaller municipalities that could face some very costly mandated changes. Councillors were asked if they could attend. Councillor Campbell agreed to be present.
Reeve Adriaansen noted that NCL had arranged to automatically pay the Legion for their annual wreath at the Remembrance Day service, and hoped that would avoid the previous year’s difficulties.
He welcomed the new councillors who have come forward, and wished all good luck.
Adjournment was at 8:10.

by John McNeily