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Municipal Council - Council discusses lot designations

posted Mar 20, 2017, 12:45 PM by Kathy Carr
The Langford area of the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford is a par­tner in the Beautiful Plains Community Foun­dation, centered in Neepawa. A delegation from that organization attended the NCL council meeting on March 13, with Reeve Adriaansen in the chair.
John Lavich, vice-chair and Brenda Kryschuk, Executive Director, visited the council meeting to share information about the BPCF, and to educate them, in the hopes of educating others.
Kryschuk noted that it is not the giving out of grant monies that is the focus of the foundation, but the impact it has in the community. It has a similar history to the Carberry and Area Community Foundation, both having been encouraged by the Thomas Sill Foundation in Winnipeg in 1990’s, and both now investing through that Winnipeg Foundation, which gave them a much greater rate of return than can be achieved individually. In 2016, the interest was 11.25% - which resulted in a much larger amount to be disbursed.
In all foundations, money is taken in through donations, wills and bequests, life insurance policies, and fund­raising. That money is invested with the existing funds (more than $3 million) and the interest is what is paid out in grants. Brook­dale Com­munity Club has been the recipient of many grants. Over the years, $1.7 million ($42,000 in 2016) has been disbur­sed through the Hospital En­dow­ment Fund, which has helped with new equipment and doctor recruiting in Neep­awa.
As in Carberry, there is a Youth Advisory Com­mittee that determines projects and funds them (with the Board’s app­roval). The shutting down of the United Way has made a huge impact on both communities.
Kryschuk’s appeal before they left the meeting was to “attend fund­raisers,” and she hoped that coun­cil members would help in the education of the public.
Planning Officer, John McEntee attended the first part of the meeting. First order of business was to hold a variation hearing in regards to a subdivision application by N. Winkler. He proposes to subdivide a nine-acre parcel into a five-acre (with the existing residence on it) and a four-acre parcel on which a new residence would be built.
A variation is required because it is in an RR10 zone on NE 5-11-15W. After no objections being expressed at the hearing, council passed the resolution varying both parcels.
An irrigation water line (Fiskel Farms) originating in the NE 26-12-15 (F, J, D Kennedy) to SE 35-12-15 (B&N Kommer Ltd) at a 90º angle from the middle of the quarter was also given approval. Con­ditions are: that an easement agreement be signed by all three parties in­volved, that the water line be sleeved, that the GPS location of the crossing be entered into the agreement, the water line be a minimum of 36” below the lowest point, and that a development permit be obtained.
Council has seen much fewer of these applications, now that the authority to approve them has been given to the Cypress Planning District (under NCL policy).
McEntee invited council to discuss eleven lots adjacent to the western boundary of the Town of Carberry. They are located on the south side of Hwy 351 in the “Rural Agricul­tural Limited” area. On the north side of Hwy 351 are additional lots that are classed as “Country Residential Four.” Mc­Entee stated that it makes no sense to have the southern lots classed as agricultural, and that it would make more sense to have them as country residential. As the development plan is being rewritten, this would be the time to do it.
If council elects to change the designation of those lots, Adriaansen noted that the first question council will have to answer, is, “How will this affect my taxes?”  McEn­tee noted that any of those lots, prior to sale, would have to be assessed for their sewer system, as they are less than two acres and would not comply with new regulations for a field (but Conser­vation is more likely to ask them to connect to the Carberry sewer system). 
Council also took another look at the labyrinth of municipal roads and highway, some open and some no longer in use, which exist adjacent to 351 Hwy east of town (just west of the new subdivisions). The “old highway” used to have a lot more turns, and as it has been straightened, the old road portions were never closed. Council discussed closing these unused roads (except the northern extension of Road 74W) and amalgamating them with adjacent lands.
McEntee suggested closing another unused part along NW 1-11-13, on the north side of 351. Council would be willing to do this if the landowners that would be benefitting from the acquired property would foot the bill for the legal and survey costs.
Another request for road closure is Road 60N, between Road 77W and 76W. As people use this undeveloped road, they are getting stuck and the property owners to the south are being asked to pull them out. Council will only close roads, according to their policy. However, they will stick up signs indicating that there is ‘no through road.’
Councillor G. David­son questioned whether a development permit would be needed for the installation of drainage tile on a road crossing. McEntee indicated that a road crossing agreement would be needed. Location of wires, pipes, etc., are up to the installer. The NCL by-law should be revised to reflect the rules for drainage.
Other business
By resolution, Council accepted the quote from Bluestar Construction Ltd for the crushing of 20,000 yards ¾” gravel for $69,000, and stripping topsoil (excavator and dozer) for $9,000 at the R. Parrott pit.
Later in the meeting they accepted the gravel tender of Bluestar, at a cost of $109,500 plus GST.
There were a few resolutions which arose from the February joint meeting (funded jointly): the hiring of Alex Broad for Parks and Recreation, and his wage set; Keith Loney was appointed as Fire Chief; Don Menzies was appointed as Deputy Fire Chief; all hourly-paid joint employees received an increase of 1.5% unless otherwise stated in their contracts. Kim Reynolds, caretaker, resigned and her resignation was accepted.
Both councils agreed to be silver sponsors of the McCain Clear Lake Golf Classic for the amount of $2,000 (total). Keith Loney, Weed Supervisor, was authorized to attend the Manitoba Weed Super­visors’ Association Spring Seminar, April 4-7 (total cost $540.08).
By resolution, North Cypress-Langford agreed to accept the expansion proposal to allow the Town of Carberry to become a member of the Whitemud Watershed Conservation District (each member of the WWCD must pass a similar motion).
A tender for grader(s) was deferred to the end of the week.
At last meeting, council looked at subsequent sewer hook-ups to the original at Brookdale and questioned whether any had been billed.
An email from the Brookdale subdivision developer, A. Dennis answered these questions. At the time his phase one lots were developed, he negotiated with the past CAO. Having supplied all his equipment to be able to tie into the service, he then paid an initial fee. Council felt they had to honour the past ‘deal’ that was made and will rescind the billing that was done.
Old Town Shop
The old town shop (which was previously the old fire hall) is housing the handivan and surplus fire equipment. It also serves as rental space for a neighbouring business. Harold Tolton of the building committee asked council to consider the idea that as it is housing joint equipment, NCL would take half ownership of the building with the town.
Reeve Adriaansen was adamant that the municipality does not want to take on any more buildings. He also felt that some of the items that are being stored, could be disposed of.
A bigger question is the condition of the old building, and whether it should be torn down. Council members were cautious about taking ownership of a building that may have major structural issues. 
Complicating the issue, is the fire reservoir under the building, which cannot freeze. As well, it was felt that eventually a new firehall would be built that would house all necessary equipment, and not sit right next to the railroad tracks.
Adriaansen also pointed out that the northern end of the municipality may not want to assist in paying for a building from which they gain no benefit. CAO Jones pointed out that 85% of the fire calls go out to the rural. 
The initial step is to have the building, which is over 100 years old, structurally assessed. 
A report on the latest EMO workshop was received from co-ordinator, Brad Wells. They are to have at least one tabletop exercise every year, so one will be slated shortly. Risks to be prepared for are: snow or ice storm that shuts off power for more than three days; tornado; hazmat incidents on the highways and rail lines.
From the AMM report: 2017 spring road restrictions will not start before Friday March 17.
The fire report from Carberry/North Cyp­ress-Langford Fire Dept since Jan 1, 2017 noted 17 calls, two false alarms and 13 accidents.
Carberry and NCL are hosting the June District meeting of the AMM, June 15. Resolutions are to be in by June 1.
Transport Canada is requiring municipalities to fill out Contract Railway Information. This is in the wake of the Lac Mégantic railway disaster. However, current staff does not have time to fill out and compile this material, so CAO Jones is suggesting that there are two companies that are taking on the job. She will get a quote from both companies to get the job done. One council complained that it “should be the railways doing it.”
The request for 2017 levy from the Wellwood Community Club was deferred to the budget meeting.
A CPR/First Aid course is slated for March 27. 
The City of Langford, BC made a request to purchase the domain and issued a cheque for it.
Council authorized a grant of $300 to Kidsport. This organization assists youth in participating in sports, and has been well used in this area.
Councillor Norm Campbell and guest are authorized to attend the Manitoba Good Roads Association Banquet and Awards Presentation on April 11, in Winnipeg ($50).
Council approved their first installment of a grant to Neepawa Veterinary Services - $1635. Reeve Adriaansen questioned whether, with other vets in competition, they should be supporting a particular one. Councillor Davidson pointed out that it is a large animal clinic that is a support to the livestock industry in the area.
Certain unpaid accounts can be added to taxes. A $40 account for lane plowing in April 2016 was added to the property owner’s taxes.
Council also added three utility bills (for water) to taxes, totalling 1283.50. In cases where it was renters that incurred the bill, the bill will go to the property owner.
Council has also had to contact companies that are behind in their fees for dumping shingles. 
Around the table
Councillor Tolton questioned council about possibly of taking on the building next door (east) of the municipal office. The Reeve answer was the same – “No more buildings.”
Councillor Norm Campbell noted that this year is the 50th Anniver­sary of the Carberry Library. They may need additional funding for a celebration.
Councillor Gerond Davidson reported having attended the Neepawa Recreation Meeting. They are forming a committee to draw up a feasibility study and make a master plan for new facilities in Neepawa. He noted that any funding requirements must go through the Langford Recreation District.
Accounts totalling $380,729.21 were app­roved for payment. Next meeting will be on April 10 at 9 a.m. 

by Gloria Mott