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Joint Council Is there support for an Assisted Living Facility in the Community?

posted Oct 2, 2017, 9:46 AM by Kathy Carr

Do councils support having an assisted living facility in the community? This matter was discussed at some length at the September joint meeting of the Councils of North Cypress-Lang­ford and the Town of Carberry.
The meeting was held on Monday, September 25, with Mayor Stuart Olmstead chairing.
The committee spearheading this project wanted councils to “state their position” on the matter. Councils have discussed this at their separate meetings but this evening they discussed the idea jointly.
Councillor Jaime MacGregor took a prac­tical approach, wondering how they can commit to anything, unless they are presented with a business plan that spells out exactly what is proposed and what is needed?
The current idea involves private in­vestors funding the initiative. Council made it clear that they do not feel that they should be offering public money, if profits will go to the investors. Councils may not guarantee the private investments.
That being said, Councils are basically supportive of the concept and recognize the need for a facility that will provide the basic necessities of life (meals, supervision, etc.) but also allow persons with disabilities to maintain a more independent lifestyle.
Councillor Gerond Davidson noted that NADCO (Neepawa’s Area Development Cor­poration) does that sort of funding – and it puts the funding at arm’s length from the local council. They could be approached – as could the local development corporation. They put the committee in touch with D. Steen (Service for Seniors) and T. Zander (Carberry area Development Corp). CAO Jones will contact NADCO.
It was also pointed out that this service is for anyone that needs it, not people 55+, though the target market will be over 55.
Council will expect a visit from this group in the near future with more information. CAO Jones asked council members to forward any questions they have, so that the committee can be fully prepared when they come.

Demolition permits
If you are removing a building, the correct thing to do, is to take out a demolition permit. The permit allows the Assessment Branch the ability to track these changes, so they are on your tax bill. The provincial department has always been fairly easygoing and credited the demolitions to the date they occurred after the fact, so the tax on the building was pro-rated.
The new policy is that, unless a demolition permit is taken out, the building tax will not be prorated, it will not come off until the next tax year (or until they know about it). A demolition permit is relatively cheap ($40 at the Cyp­ress Planning Dis­trict office). It will save you money if you take out the permit first!

Halloween Dance
The youth Halloween Dance has been operating for 15 years, and has proved to be successful in providing something fun for teens to do that night. There has been a noticeable decrease in damage done since the advent of that activity.
The dance takes place thanks to a volunteer committee, the support of the business community, and local people. Attendance at the dance is limited to residents of Carberry and North Cypress-Langford. It is well attended and almost everyone is in costume.
Cargill has always been a big supporter and provided the prize for the main draw. Because Cargill no longer exists, the committee is looking for another donor to provide that “big ticket item” that keeps the youth at the dance until the final prize draw.
Councils have always supported the dance. They agreed to each provide $100 to the Car­berry Halloween Youth Dance Com­mittee.

Other business
Council approved Trish Fraser, Teresa McConnell and Sandra Jones to attend the District 5 MMAA meeting in Brandon on September 15 (cost and mileage shared 50/50)
Approval was also given to attend the AMM convention in Brandon on November 27-29, with costs for the CAO being shared 50/50.
Tricia Zander was authorized to attend four upcoming meetings: Neepawa What’s the Big Idea? mileage; Tourism Westman at Oak Island Resort; Tourism West­man Strat Plan meeting, Brandon (mileage) and the EDAM Fall Forum, November 1-3 at Por­tage (hotel, mileage and meals). Costs shared 50/50 by both councils.
Teresa Fiskel was authorized to attend a half-day FIPPA training session, October 4 in Winnipeg, also cost-shared by both councils.
Andrew Smith was authorized to attend the Tri-Regional Recreation Conference at Elkhorn Resort on October 17-18, 2017, shared 50/50.
Councils authorized the purchase of wreaths for the R.C. Legion Remembrance Day ceremony. They also agreed to jointly purchase a quarter page ad in the Legion’s Military Ser­vice Recognition Book, at a cost of $310.
The final evening Farmer’s Market was on September 27. Council approved a closure of parts of 4th Avenue for the celebrations.
Initial Christmas party plans were discussed. It will be held on Friday, December 8.

Committee Reports
As the Museum Board did not submit a committee report, Gloria Mott was invited to the “hot seat” to give a verbal report. She noted that there were some issues with the rain, and the former coal chute at the Gingerbread House, and there was a need to address eavestroughing with the building committee. The museum will be hosting a large tour in October, of up to 50 people. After that, the wedding display will come down.
The CAO reported on the happenings in the office, with the work al­ready beginning for the 2018 budget. The sessions she has attended have helped immensely, with such things as by-law enforcement, and holding the auditors to a deadline so funding opportunities are not lost.
Assistant CAO, Trish Fraser also reported on her duties. Newly back to her job, she has been put to work on the solid waste study, as well as other financial duties as assigned. The CFO reported that she has been learning in regards to investments, pensions, and dealing with the auditors. 
Parks, Facilities and Sanitation Manager, Grady Stephenson repor­ted on all three of his areas of responsibility. Facilities: The ice plant project is now complete, and seems to be exceeding his expectations. Curling ice will go in, in mid-October. The Drop-In has completed a partial kitchen renovation. Jim Brere­ton has been hired as a casual maintenance person. Parks: Most of the work at Art Sear Park has been completed. 

Playground equipment was to be installed on September 21 & 22. Communities in Bloom reviews had some ‘bouquets’ for public works. Jesse Gingras has been hired for one year.
Sanitation: Driver, Art Ingram, has resigned as of October 26 (with much regret!). The plan “going forward” is being studied with various options available. Dum­p­sters in the rural are still causing problems. He suggests removing them for a period of time.
Cemetery: Kudos to the staff. The individual plots are being pinned, and the flowers will be pulled soon. Paving will be completed in the next week or so.
Fire: The breathing apparatus has been tested. New equipment and gear has been purchased. They are also working on pre-incident plans for the seniors’ residences. Three students may be taken on as “junior firefighters” through the school. Over the summer there were five vehicle accidents, five animal collisions, two grass fires, four farm equipment on fire.
Arts: New Arts Council Director, Amy Urquhart reported on the After School Arts Program (starts Sept. 25), as well as good sign-up for dance classes. Other classes need more entries to be viable. They will also be participating n the Hal­loween Drop-In event. Winterfest plans are underway.
Archives: Manitoba Archive Fall meeting is being hosted in Carberry with Bruce Tascona as guest speaker.

Communications
Hon. Jeff Wharton sent a letter to Mayor Olmstead, expressing condolences regarding the August tragedy that affected many in the community.
Trans Canada Energy East sent an update to their National Energy Board letter. They are reviewing the project.
McCain Foods offered an environmental update meeting on September 28 for Coun­cil to attend.
Reporter Gloria Mott offered her resignation, as of December 31. She has been reporting for almost 35 years.  Coun­cil thanked her for her service over the many years and offered up a spontaneous round of applause on a job well done.

Around the table
Councillor Mann ques­tioned when the next “Welcome to Newcomers” would be held (spring or fall 2018).
Reeve Bob Adriaan­sen attended later in the evening, because of a roundtable meeting with MLA Eileen Clarke concerning the Provincial budget. He suggested that the changes to the small business tax that are being implemented by the federal government will have broad implications in Mani­toba. “It’s pretty serious stuff,” he said. He urged everyone to get educated on it, and contact the Manitoba Liberal MP’s.
Councillor John Anderson reminded everyone of the Benefit Social for the Pearson family on November 18. They voted to give a prize on behalf of both Councils.
CAO Jones did some explaining regarding the implementation of fire bans. When the province makes the call, the municipality is automatically involved. Locally, the fire chief makes the call. The last fire ban was implemented very quickly, and the office notifies all councillors directly by email and it is posted online for the public, plus poster's in various public places. Next time, Code Red will be used as well. She noted that a look at the Sustainable Develop­ment website will also tell you what trails are closed.
Council went into “in camera” to discuss personnel issues. 
Next Joint meeting will be October 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

by Gloria Mott
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