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Joint Council How valuable is CodeRed for the area?

posted Oct 30, 2017, 9:31 AM by Kathy Carr
“People do not think they need it – but they need it!” Fire Chief Keith Loney was emphatic about the value of the Code Red notification system to Carberry and North Cypress-Langford. He and Deputy Chief Don Menzies represented the Carberry-North Cyp­ress-Langford Fire Depart­ment at the Octo­ber 23 joint council meeting. Reeve Bob Adriaan­sen chaired the meeting held on October 23. Regrets: Coun­cillor Mann
Mayor Stuart Olms­tead brought up the Code Red system, which will notify the whole, or a specific area of the town or municipality in the case of an emergency, or even in the case of something less urgent, such as a road closure, to get the Fire Department's take on its effectiveness.
Loney noted that with the railways, the highways and the pipelines that run through this area that it is not a case of “if something is going to happen, but when something is going to happen.” He noted the huge numbers of vehicles carrying anhydrous ammonia alone, and if there is an accident or spill, Code Red is the most efficient way to notify those people most at risk, in the shortest period of time. (Residents can come to the Municipal Office for assistance).
The resident plays a part, by going to the Carberry/North Cypress-Langford website, setting up an account, and, following the steps, let them know how you want your information received.
Loney brought information on the spendings of the fire department from their donations and the moneys received from MPI – for their attendance at accidents on the highways. Some of the items which have been purchased are turnout gear, radios, decals, struts (rescue equipment), hoses and reels, and boots. A larger item is a ‘new’ 2011 bush truck and box. It is currently being safetied.
There are four more sets of turnout gear to be purchased in the near future. This lead to a discussion regarding the cleaning of this bulky clothing, which is really too big for regular washers and dryers. From a safety standpoint, the gear should be washed after any exposure to toxins. It was suggested that the cost of a proper washer be priced out for possible grants.
There are three new members, and two junior members (high school students), and training is ongoing. A vehicle extrication demonstration is being held on the weekend. The foam system on the new truck has proved to be very useful.
They have applied for a grant for a “stair chair” which would assist them in removing a person who is not capable of going downstairs. Loney reported on fire drills which have been taking place at various senior residences – and there will be more to come!
They also reported on a meeting with the Office of the Fire Commis­sioner, which has made it clear that there are many responsibilities for councils and fire departments, and CAO Jones has found it to be ‘eye opening’.
As Fire Chief, Loney was appointed councils’ ‘Local Assistant’ which gives him the authority to act on council’s behalf (for example, if a house needs to be entered in an emergency situation).  Alternates will be Jim Brereton, Grady Step­henson and Jordan Polasek.
CAO Jones reported on the recent damage of the fire pumps – which happened as part of a chain reaction when the place was hit by a power surge in August. This chain of events caused the control panel to fry, and the generator to power up, the louvers didn’t open, causing the water pump to blow and a generator to overheat. This necessitated the purchase of a surge protector, and a safety switch which lets people know when the generator is running.
As well, the fire pumps must be serviced twice per year, which Cummins was contracted to do for three years, at a cost of $8100.
A surge has shut the system down twice costing the municipalities a lot of money, this system in place and up to standard should prevent that.

There was some discussion about the current garbage and recycling handling, and the options for the future. After jointly purchasing their own truck, and hiring an operator for the past few years, it was time to evaluate how well the system worked.
Mayor Olmstead noted that the system worked well for the town, and saved them probably $30-$40,000. However, when you pour the savings into a new truck (which would probably have to be replaced in the next few years), then the savings become a zero sum gain.
For NCL, the savings were significantly less, and again, not significant savings for the future.
They decided to tender their garbage and recycling needs separately. However, there is the option of tendering for both, and the bidder offering a ‘deal’ if they are awarded both contracts. Reeve Adriaansen suggested that information on the garbage truck should be available with the tenders, so that a contractor is aware that it is available for purchase.

Other business and communications
The Carberry Plains Community Centre By-law is being revamped due to amalgamation, and copies are being distributed to council for their input.
Trish Fraser was approved to attend Land Titles/Property Registry Training on November 15 in Brandon.
AMM (Association of Manitoba Municipalities) sent an update to the Manitoba Provincial Fire Protection Plan. They also express their appreciation for the fire personnel province-wide.
TransCanada Pipe­lines sent information regarding pipeline damage and pipeline survey.

CAO Sandra Jones reports that the office has worked together well to get through the tax season. There are tenders to be sent, so that will be the next big item on her agenda.
Financial Officer, Teresa McConnell also reported on the excellent teamwork during tax season as well. Sub-board income and expense sheets have been added to the councillors’ digital folders.
ACAO Trish Fraser is learning about budget planning. Water billings went well. She is taking courses outside the office as well.
Grady Stephenson (Parks, Facilities and Sanitation) reported that the ice has been in use, and with just a few software glitches. There is no Plainsmen team this year, so ice time will be available for teams from other places. Jim Brereton has been doing minor repairs on the municipal buildings.
Parks work has mostly wrapped up, with hopes to have more done at Art Sear Park while the weather permits. There is work needed to be done on the campground hook-ups next spring before the camping season.
With the retirement of Art Ingram, Danny Par­ker will fill in as driver until council decides what direction to proceed with. The dumpster situation in Firdale is being discussed with a local resident.
Paving is done at the cemetery, and is a huge improvement. Water lines are blown out, flowers pulled, and a remin­der for all to have items on the graves removed, if they do not want them damaged.
Archives has had above normal research requests made.
Service for Seniors is back to their fall schedule. Monday, October 30th is a museum tour and shopping trip.
Handivan: has struggled to find drivers through the harvest. Now she has drivers for most days except Thursday, and all regular maintenance has been performed on the van.
The Arts Council after school arts program is in full swing, with about 18 attending. Two students are helping with the program. There are programs in the works for ages 3-5; ‘Community in Song’ will be run for ages 5-8. The Canada 150 mural is underway on November 9-10. They are looking for sponsors ($10 per tile).
Recreation: The new Carberry Arts and Rec website will be ‘live’ November 1. It will feature sports stars of the month, articles and blogs, as well as community pictures and hockey updates – as well as promote upcoming events.
Winterfest has been finalized: perogyland, sleigh rides, dance performances, as well as Ice King and Queen. Bonfire and Free hot dogs for Friday night kick-off, and new entertainment.
Winter walking will start up at RJ Waugh School. In the spring, there may be some football clinics run. Cooking classes will start in February.
The Museum Board is hoping to get the eavestroughs on the Ginger­bread House fixed, as they have caused a problem  downstairs. They finished a successful season, with around 250 visitors. Work is ongoing for winter preparations and the change of the wedding display to one on technology.

Around the table
CAO Jones reported that the “What’s the Big Idea” that was held in the Community Hall, was “phenomenal!” The winner of our local awards, Emma Denton Creations did an amazing job of pitching her product.
Mayor Stuart Olms­tead reported on upcoming meetings with various stakeholders and government Minister's to promote the Soybean initiative, as well as attendance at the Eileen Clark fund­raiser on the weekend. He also atten­ded the AMM Lob­by Days in Winnipeg and various outreach efforts of the AMM. He noted that the Santa parade will be held on December 2nd at 1 p.m. with entertainment to follow (probably at the school).
Councillor Ray Drayson noted that the Parade of Lights will take place November 25th and he will participate by driving the municipal float. He noted that last year the new fire truck was a hit in the parade – and it would be great if they came again.
He questioned whet­her the arena employees are properly trained, with the tragedy in Fernie (which left three arena workers dead, after an ammonia leak). Training is part of purchasing the system and all employees will get trained and certified in November.
This ended one of the shortest meetings on record – As councils adjourned at 8:11. Next meetings will be: November 13 (NCL) November 14 (TofC) and the joint meeting will be held off until December 4, because the annual convention is the week prior.

by Gloria Mott