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NCL Council - Lock up when you leave your vehicle

posted Sep 24, 2018, 9:20 AM by Kathy Carr
Reeve Adriaansen called the municipal council to order for their regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. Monday morning, Sep­tem­­ber 10. All councillors were present, with the CAO and Planning Of­ficer McEntee and several delegations.
Right after the opening formalities, council ad­jour­ned to hold a Public Hearing to discuss the partial road closure by-law 9/2018. This related to the severing of a farm site for Gerald Meyers. Some of the buildings to be used are in the road allowance, so they can only be severed if the road can be closed. The plan is drawn up to take the least of the allowance possible, and approximately 35’ remain, allowing the passage of tractors and trucks, but perhaps a problem with heavy implements. No interveners were present.
Council returned to business, and gave the road closure by-law its second and third readings, and passed it into law. 
They next turned to delegations. First up was David Blair who wished to express his concerns with the possibility that council would agree to the request made at the joint meeting by Brad Wells (Lyons Estates)  for a contribution of $5,000 per year for five years. He made the point that this would be a contribution to a private enterprise, and set an awkward precedent. The resulting facility wouldn’t be for all municipality residents, just those well enough off to afford it. There would be no tax advantage to the municipality. Blair sees no reason that any costs of the project should fall on the municipality’s taxpayers rather than the investors. Council thanked Blair for  his concern, and allowed that he made a very valid point. They agreed to bear his concerns in mind when the question comes before council formally.
Council next heard from both the local detachments. They were invited to discuss the growing perception that theft and break and enter crimes were on the upswing in rural areas. First to speak was Sgt. Morehouse of Spruce Plains detachment. He agreed that crime statistics are up a bit, but thought that perhaps the incarceration of the four arrested at Onanole would ease the problem by taking an active team out of the business. Another local figure has been arrested in Winnipeg on serious charges and is similarly out of business for a while. That said, there is always an increase in theft during the potato harvest season.
Morehouse feels that on the whole, property crime statistics aren’t on the increase, though there are spurts of activity.
On the subject of the recent shooting and its consequences, More­house expressed thanks for all the public support the detachment has received in the wake of the shooting and the prompt arrest of the perpetrators.
His advice is that if you see something suspicious, don’t challenge the suspect; call the RCMP at once, even if you think the problem minor. The office can be called bet­ween 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., but at any time you can call 9-1-1 and get help safely. Always call; they can’t help with what they don’t hear about.
He has Spruce Plains detachment up to full strength now, though some of the members are fresh from training, and are just learning the area. The blue civic signs are a great help (but don’t forget to give the road number as well as the sign number); they also continue to use the section-township-range addresses where necessary.
In an overall view, he is seeing more thefts of quads and half-tons, and there is evidence that meth use is on the in­crease; it’s cheap to buy, very addictive, and has some very nasty side-effects.
Staff Sergeant Wikan­der of the Blue Hills detachment joined the meeting, and agreed that whether statistics are actually up or not, they will probably rise because of the prevalence of meth use. In fact, in his detachment, break and enter crimes are up by eight to four over last year.
In his detachment, he is under strength by three positions, though the Carberry office is now fully staffed. There is a serious shortage of officers throughout Mani­toba.
He noted that in Cornwallis, where there is a by-law enforcement officer, the municipality has realized considerable profit from the fine revenues collected, and their share of provincial of­fence fines collected. He would be glad for us if we could do the same.
Among the difficulties Wikander is facing in his 2200 square mile detachment’s area is the requirement that anyone taken to Brandon Correctional Centre have medical clearance before incarceration. This can tie up two officers for hours to process a single inebriated person. Brandon is the only area where this is such a severe problem; other areas have their own cells to house the inebriated, where Blue Hills was built without cells be­cause of the proximity of the Brandon Correctional Centre. The change in the required procedure was committed at cabinet level before officers in the field were notified or given a chance to comment.
The changes in regulations about auxiliary constables have hampered him as well. Auxiliaries can no longer wear uniforms, or travel with officers in their vehicles. They are mostly relegated to community relations, and even at that can’t speak with the voice of a working officer.
On the subject of crime prevention, he recommends that everyone record the serial numbers of the equipment in their house. He has lots of recovered televisions and other electronic equipment he can’t return, because they can’t be properly identified. Anot­her point is to lock your vehicle. He hasn’t seen a single case recently where vehicles were stolen by hot-wiring. As he points out, car thieves aren’t hard working, they take the easy way. He’s even heard of a farmer’s truck being stolen from the end of the field while he watched helpless from the tractor. Lock up when you leave your vehicle.
Council thanked the sergeants for their reports and their advice.
Planning Matters
The next matter was a Road Crossing App­lication No. RC09-18-NCL from Myles Olms­tead to run an electrical service under road 66N from a pole on the south side of the road to an existing yard site on the north. It was granted.
Road Crossing Application no. RC11-18-NCL, for David Baron was a bit more complicated. There were four crossings required — two across Rd 86W, one across 85W, and a complex one crossing 82W and 58N, running in the ditch along 58N for half a mile. They were granted, with the usual conditions that all costs to be borne by the applicant, that the pipes be removed if requested, and that all work be coordinated with the public works foreman.
Finance
Accounts totalling $340,411.68 were app­roved for payment.
By-Laws
One by-law, the road closure, had already been voted on, but there was also a By-Law 10/2018 about False Alarms. This had been recommended by the Fire Department, who are concerned with the number of calls they receive that turn out false. These are often problems with automatic alarms that could and should be corrected easily, but are left to recur by careless householders. The costs of a call-out are considerable, and to do it for no purpose is a waste of time energy and money. The Department would like to have some recourse when the problem persists. The proposed by-law would punish a first offence with a letter, a second with a letter warning of more serious consequences, and a third offence with a fine commensurate with the expense caused — probably in the neighborhood of $500. Fines are collectable along with municipal taxes.
The proposed by-law was given its first reading, and will be considered at a subsequent meeting, when the full documented costs of a turn-out can be presented.
Unfinished Business
The matter of the $5000 per year support of the Lyons Estates/Daug­h­ters on Call assisted living facility was considered. The intervention of David Blair was taken into account. As yet there is no formal request for support other than verbal at the time of the presentation to the Joint Councils. All agreed that the project was worthwhile, but questioned whether taxpayers should invest in it. If taxpayer support is required, what is the expected ROI? Shouldn’t the council ask to see the business plan and the expected return? The investors will be asked to make a formal request, in writing, with details. No answer to the request was offered before that.
Councils approved Trish Fraser, Teresa Mc­Connell and Sandra Jones to attend the District 5 Meeting of the MMAA in Brandon on September 21. The costs will be shared 50/50 with the Town of Carberry.
Councils approved purchasing a quarter-page advertisement in the Legion’s Military Service Recognition Book at a cost of $310, to be shared equally with the Town of Carberry.
Councils also app­roved supporting the Carberry North Cypress-Langford Fire Depar­tment by contributing $400 to the purchase of a laptop computer. The costs will be shared 50/50 with the Town of Carberry.
Councils discussed the proposal of the Carberry News-Express to purchase subscriptions for all residents of the municipality at a discounted rate of $24, to a total of $21,288 per year. The proposal included discounted ads and free flyer inserts. Council asked how much they are now paying in advertising costs, and what percentage of municipal electors are presently subscribed. This is a difficult question because of the number of municipal ratepayers with Carberry mail boxes. The question was raised whet­her the Banner, which distributes its paper for free, would consider it fair to ask for a subsidy of some sort as a counterbalance. The question was tabled until more information was available.
The proposed digital sign at the Collegiate was considered, but until all possible contributors are on side, no detailed cost could be offered, and no decision taken.
General Business
Council has discovered that a portion of a road allowance to the west of town has been roped off and marked with “Private Property” signs. In addition some trees removed from the adjacent field have been placed on the road allowance. The fire department sees the obstructions as a safety hazard, and the owner of the land the road serves has plans to plant into the road allowance. The person who put up the barricades is angry that she is reprimanded for what she has done to the road allowance, but the farmer isn’t reprimanded for planting in the road allowance. In response, the fire department is not worried about driving over potatoes if needed, but needs access. A policy will have to be drawn up that addresses the discrepancy in response.  There are quite a few crops that are planted on less-used road allowan­ces.
The Strategic Municipal Investment Fund operating grant this year is $150,646.70, delivered in three payments.
Council was requested by his supervisors to hire Jesse Gingras on at full time. He has been a term employee, and has proved himself to be an excellent employee. He was hired as a full time utility employee, with benefits to start when applicable. The costs will be shared 50/50 with the Town of Carberry.
The CAO asks for advice on how to use the funds realized from the sale of the garbage truck. There was some thought that the sanitation manager could use the funds for upgrades needed at the two transfer stations, but the feeling of council was that since the purchase had come from the machinery reserve, that is where to properly return it.
The cameras at the Langford dumpsters are broken again. They haven’t been useful in catching anyone misusing the dumpsters. Since they are the subject of a fee from the security company, they should be made useful or removed altogether.
Pest control at the dumpsters is presently in the hands of Orkin, and not very effective. The Sanitation manager recommends going over to Gem, whose fee is less and whose work has been more effective.
The cleanup of the dumpster site is badly needed, and will be a job that Jesse can do.
Added to the Agenda
Council will support the What’s the Big Idea promotion to be held with Glenboro on October 17. As last year, the support will be $750.
A group comprising Service for Seniors, the Community Develop­ment Coordinator, the Fire Department and the Recreation Board has met to address the many things that are on their wish lists without wanting to put the burden on taxpayers. They are going to fundraise for capital projects, starting with a 50/50 draw through October to December to create a fund that can be used for such projects as the new pool slide, the digital sign, and a new Handivan.
Councillors have been asked to give $5000 towards an elevator for the County Court building. The request is tabled pending a board meeting.
Communications
Barb Jardine writes to thank council for the assistance received by the Brookdale Cemetery.
Touchwood Park sends thanks for support of their golf tournament.
Plains Midstream Canada sends a newsletter outlining their work as an energy support corporation.
The Seton Centre sends a newsletter in which they ask their supporters for help replacing a heating element in their furnace. The council already supports the Centre with $500 per year, and will await a more detailed ask if it is necessary.
Hunter Bowley thanks the council for their awarding him the 2017 scholarship.
Around the Table
Norm Campbell re­ports being asked to sell five lots in Ingelow. The assessment is for $1600. There is no formal request as yet, but the potential buyer wants to park a semi along them. It was decided that in fairness, the lots should be tendered for sale. They would easily support a dwelling if someone wished them for that purpose.
Jackson reported that a valve at the Brookdale lagoon has been knocked off and damaged. The public works foreman will be advised.
Reeve Adriaansen reported on attending the ceremony to rededicate the cannon at the Neepawa Legion on the 100th anniversary of its capture. It was a good event, and the point was made that the world could stand to see all of its war machines dedicated to memorials.
Development Officer McEntee mentioned that the public introduction of the new Planning Docu­ment was going to be held on the Thursday the 13th in the basement of the Old Town Hall.
With that, council went in camera to discuss the Ombudsman Report.

by John McNeily
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