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Municipal Council Much needed service becomes a reality in the Municipality

posted Aug 21, 2017, 1:33 PM by Kathy Carr
A service described as “much needed” in the municipality will be­come a reality. The proposed boarding kennel in North Cypress-Langford got the “go ahead” at the August 14 meeting of North Cypress-Langford Coun­cil. Reeve Bob Adriaan­sen chaired the meeting with a full slate of councillors.
Owners J and C Baron were in attendance to hear Planning Officer John McEntee put forward their applications for a conditional use (to allow a boarding kennel for dogs in an agricultural district) and a variation application (to allow the kennel on a 2.81 acre parcel, rather than the regulated 3 acres.) The kennel will exist in the Baron home on pt. NE 03-11-15, which has a fenced exercise area behind and no close neighbours. Both applications were app­roved.
Another variation/conditional use application was also considered. M & L Bowley proposed to subdivide their yard site from their 80 acre agricultural parcel to create a rural non-farm dwelling. The proposal then is to sell the yard site and retain the balance (bushland) for recreational purposes. 
A conditional use was required to create the non-farm residential parcel. A variation order was required to vary the size of the yard site from the 10 acre allowed to 11.82, and to reduce the agricultural balance from the allowed 80 acres to 68.12.
There was some op­position to this proposal. 
Some members felt that they were opening the door to more dwellings on agricultural parcels. Once the variation was app­roved, the owner may build another dwelling on the remaining parcel, but it cannot be subdivided off. One council member called it “undue fragmentation.”
Both orders were given approval.
A proposed cattle crossing under a municipal road was given consideration. K. Chandler of Chandler Farms proposed to place a seven foot diameter culvert to connect pt. NE 10-12-14 to pt. NE 11-12-14. The road has deep ditches at the proposed crossing, so it makes more sense to move cattle under the road than above ground. The road elevation would not change.
Council did have concerns regarding the fence that would be from the ends of the culvert to the pasture fence. Because the fence would completely block the ditch, there needs to be signage a good distance from the fence to avoid an accident with snowmobilers and quads. All costs and signage would be at Chandler Farms’ expense, but may be erected by the municipality. The culvert would have to be put in place when it does not conflict with harvest, as the road would be closed. 
McEntee also raised the issue of a business operating out of a home in an RR2 area near Neepawa. While the neighbours had agreed to allow the business to operate, understanding that there would be little traffic and disruption to their residential living. However, this has proved not to be the case, as the road has become increasingly busy.
McEntee noted problems with the existence of this business. It does not qualify for a ‘home-based’ business, or ‘home occupation’ because the business is not owned by the owner of the property. Under the regulations, all persons working at the business must be family members, and this is also not the case. In rural residential area, the property is primarily for residential use. A letter will be sent to the property owner that the business cannot exist on that property.
Foreman, Public Works Issues
New foreman, David Chandler attended the meeting. Initially, he was there to report on how things were going. Coun­cil quizzed him about issues that had arisen: gravel budgets, the mowers (working well). They also discussed dust control and a couple of residents that had complaints that their dust control had been compromised. Coun­cil discussed how to handle these issues when the next pass of the dust control is done in a couple of weeks.
They also discussed new roads to be built, and the maintaining of well-used machinery roads. The new weed truck will hopefully be put into use.
Other business
From the joint meeting in July, Council approved the wage schedule set by the firemen, so that the bottom pay does not go beneath minimum wage. It also adjusted their meeting pay to $25 per meeting.
After some discussion, council did not approve the hiring of a part-time casual person to do casual work for the building committee. However, they did direct Councillor Tolton (of the building committee) to say that the municipality felt that a handyman should be contracted out of the budget, but not as an employee of the municipality. They had no objection to using the building budget to do those jobs.
Council addressed concerns regarding the removal of brush and mowing on a conservation corridor. They will get the signs in place that were promised earlier and had not been done.
McEntee had also brought forward a situation in the old Langford area, that involved a hydrant and trees that appear to be too close to the property line (and in fact may be on the road allowance.) Langford and North Cypress by-laws have differing setback rules for trees, with Langford’s being the closest at ten feet from the property line. Council does not see the trees as an issue because they are on the east side of the road (and less likely to trap snow.) It has been ascertained that the hydrant is not connected to the municipal water system, but Council will visit to clarify the issue with the landowner; he will be advised to take out a variation order so that everything is compliant.
Councillor Tolton brought information of a new house being built, and the need to build new road of at least one-half mile and upgrade the current machinery road to the residential site. Road building can take place, in accordance with the council road-building policy.
A request for a new waterline (Sumner-Jack­son) was deferred until a response is received from the Town of Neepawa.
Council reviewed a quote for the installation of a waterline for B. Nel­son in the RM of Minto-Odanah, and ac­cepted the quote of P. Baker.
Langford Trails Asso­ci­ation unfortunately had their trailer stolen. This has been processed through insurance, and the municipality will authorize the claim, as it is under municipal insurance.
Once again, the Firdale dumpsters are a source of frustration for council and the truck driver. Council reviewed photos that showed bulky farm waste - wire, posts, cattle troughs etc. having been put in the dumpster. The dumpsters are for HOUSEHOLD GAR­BAGE, and previous attention drawn to misuse of the dumpsters has not kept the unwanted items from appearing in the dumpster. 
The only option council can see is to have the dumpster removed, so the Firdale residents would have to take their garbage to Edrans, Carberry, Brook­dale, Fairview or Well­wood. However, this punishes those citizens who have been diligent at using the dumpsters properly. Council made no decision as to how to proceed with this matter, except to offer the photos to the local paper in hopes of educating/shaming the offenders.
A request from a citizen that needs monuments restored was assured that, by law, the municipality covers the cost of restoration. (If the municipality is lucky enough to put in the request early enough in the year, there is a ‘pool’ to rebate a portion of the cost. 
Once the pool is depleted, a municipality is “out of luck.”)
CAO Jones updated council on the damage done to the fire pump house by lightening, and the costs that may be coming back to the two municipalities. 
Prairie Mountain Health has called a meeting on September 5, to which two council members are invited from Carberry and North Cypress-Langford. 
It is hoped that local concerns can be addres­sed, but because of the size of the meeting, it is likely to be a learning session, not a time to answer concerns.
Reeve Adriaansen poin­ted out that the Health committee is in contact with the region monthly. They have no authority over what happens within the hospital staff (holidays, illness etc.) that causes emergency room closures. 
PMH did offer that there is opportunity for representation on the Local Health Involvement Groups, that offer citizens some input on planning, safety, patient and family engagement and recruitment and retention planning. If you are interested, talk to a council member.
Ward boundaries
Currently the council is represented by having a councillor from each of the six wards (two in the former Langford, two in the middle of the municipality and two in the south. Provincial law mandates that councillors be elected either by ward, or “at large” (each council member can come from anywhere in the municipality.)
If council chooses to remain to have election by ward, they must prove that the population of each ward is within 10% of all the others. Currently there are no population counts that can identify the number of people in each ward. The municipal voters list does not include citizens under 18. Census figures do not separate people into their wards.
By having the ward system, it is assured that there is representation from all areas of the municipality. Council will have to find a way to count all the residents in each ward prior to the 2018 election, and adjust the boundaries to make sure they are evenly represented.
Communications
S. Curtis of Manitoba Education sent notice of a Board of Reference regar­ding the allowance of students to be moved from Beautiful Plains School Division to Rol­ling River School Division.
Minister Eileen Clark sent notice of the last payment of the provincial operating grant to municipalities. The amount of $30,393.86 was sent to NCL.
The annual fee for 9-1-1 service has increased to $4.21 per capita.
Highway Traffic Board sent notice of permits for three signs along #16 highway. North Cypress had always required a permit for such signs, while Langford did not. The two should be standardized, suggested McEntee.
The application for Bock subdivision on SE 2-11-16 was refused by the province.
Maple Leaf Foods sent information on updating their  manure storage facility.
Council looked at the request from E. Hofer regarding the further extension of the fiber optic cable from Acadia Colony towards Neep­awa. The line will move north from the colony to Road 63 and proceed west along that road to #5 Highway. This will be done in the side of the ditch. Reeve Adriaansen noted that it could interfere with some cropland along Road 63. 
Around the table, accounts
Reeve Adriaansen was the only one to bring up an issue regarding the tax-free period offered to those developing subdivisions. For those whose subdivisions are not filling as fast as anticipated, the change to have the lots taxed individually, will be costly.
Council noted that the developers signed an agreement and were well aware of the risk when they did so. If they are not happy, they can address council.
CAO Jones noted the Conflict of Interest seminar coming up in Winnipeg.
Prior to adjournment at 12:00, accounts totalling $444,791.19 were approved for payment. Next council meeting is September 11. A joint meeting will be held with the town on August 28.

by Gloria Mott
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