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NCL Council By-Law 10/2018 - False Alarm Policy receives second reading

posted Oct 16, 2018, 9:06 AM by Kathy Carr
The Council of North Cypress-Langford met on Tuesday morning, October 9, with Reeve Adriaansen in the chair, and all councillors ex­cept Drayson present.
With the opening formalities done, accounts totalling $331,921.40 were approved for payment.
Council went on to discuss a by-law (No. 13/2018) to review the establishment of the Arts Council Board. All boards have been asked to review their empowering by-laws, and the Arts Council have sent in their requests, which include a request that they be called simply the Carberry Plains Arts Council.
Council gave the requested by-law its first reading, and noted that the request to be simply called the Arts “Council” be reconsidered, as the use of “Council” should refer unambiguously to the Municipalities’ Coun­­cils. It was also suggested that the Board’s name reflect the inclusion of Langford. Cal­ling it Carberry Plains Arts Council Board might be sufficient.
Another by-law, No. 10/2018 re: False Alarm Policy was read a second time. It provides for a fine of $500 to be levied in the event that a false alarm is repeatedly generated and the problem not corrected. The Fire Department is given discretion to assess this fine, and has clear policies in place to govern them. The by-law received its third reading and has become law.
Unfinished Business
From the Joint Coun­cils’ meeting, Coun­cil approved a resolution calling on AMM to lobby the provincial government to reinstate the simple Municipal Road and Bridge Program and restore its funding. The change to the more complicated and restrictive Phase 2 of the Canada Infras­tructure Program is to be dropped.
Council also app­roved a resolution to fund Cap­tain Clyde McCallum to take a Training Course at a cost of approximately $1000 to benefit the Fire Department and the community. The cost will be split 50/50 with the Town of Carberry.
General Business
The 2006 Cat Scraper needs two hydraulic pumps replaced at a cost of $32,119.79. Council approved the expense, to come from the Equip­ment Replacement Re­serve. This will deplete the reserve enough to require an allowance to be made in next year’s budget.
Two motions were passed as required by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The first designates the Reeve as Head of the Municipality, and the second appoints the CAO as Access and Privacy Officer and the ACAO and Administrative Assis­tant as Access and Privacy Co-Ordinators.
The Public Utilities Board (PUB) continues to ask for details back to 2012 to back up the deficit application ACAO Fraser sent in. The cost in time is wearing, and the requirements perhaps beyond her training. She has asked around among other municipalities, and found that they usually rely on an outside consultant for work with the PUB. On their recommendation, she requested that Council retain Way to Go Consulting to carry out the Utility Rate Study at a cost of $3800 plus mileage, with extra costs for any additional meetings or hearings. Council agreed to the request, taking the funds from the Utility Reserve.
Council approved a donation of $100 to the Carberry Halloween Dance Committee.
Planning Matters/ Delegations
Council broke from its meeting to convene as a public hearing regarding an application for conditional use and variance orders from Byron and Betty Steen, who wish to sever the 6.68 Acre yard site from their property at NE21-11-14W. Plan­ning Officer McEntee reported that all surrounding lan­downers had been advised, and no comments or objections had been expressed. The site is between the minimum (5 Acre) and maximum (10 Acre) size that is required for a rural non-farm dwelling site, and the variances re­quired for the setbacks of house and buildings are well inside the 10% that is allowed without special permission. Council resumed its meeting, and approved the requested Conditional Use CU05-18NCL.
Council was advised of a request from Paul Buhler to operate an automotive repair, reclamation and sale operation on his properties at the west end of Highway 351. This could be a Home Occupation, which would entail a small, family-only workforce, and no visible changes to the property. Alter­natively it could be viewed as a Home-based Business, which would require a conditional use application, and its public consultation. Council recommended that Buh­ler seek a Conditional Use application, so that limits on the extent and upkeep of the property could be imposed. Auto­motive operations of this kind are at risk of becoming unsightly. Buhler will need approval from NCL before MPI will issue their approval for such a business.
Added to the Agenda
The Lessard Road project has hit a snag in that the Department of National Defense has no intention of closing or realigning their access to Highway 5, and the road allowance on which Les­sard wishes to travel parallels their access so closely the Highways Department is worried that they will become a single, dangerous, overwidth access. The municipality will apply separately to Highways for their own access, which by rights should not be able to be refused.
At the upcoming convention of AMM, Coun­cil will be asking to meet with the ministers of Finance and Education to discuss the way that Education funding is raised from the Munici­pal tax rolls. The present system places a disproportionate burden on agricultural lands.
The Manitoba Non-Profit Housing Association invites representatives to their sixth annual conference, themed ‘Building Partnerships 2018.’ The emphasis is on urban planning, and not relevant to NCL.
Spruce Plains RCMP sent the September statistics.
The Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference requests support. NCL hasn’t done so in the past, so it declined.
Manitoba Sustainable Development sent a Water Rights License to cover the drainage culvert already built in Brookdale at the junction of highways 353 and 464.
Around the Table
Planning Officer Mc­Entee reported on the September 13 Public Hearing that Cypress Planning held. The Town of Neepawa, represented by the Mayor, the CAO and Council members presented a detailed and well-prepared intervention, asking for some substantial changes to the Planning Document where it affected them as neighbours. They ask that they be consulted at greater length when decisions are made at their borders. They worry about the availability of water to service proposed rural residential areas proposed, and they object to reductions in the setbacks from their borders for livestock operations. The reductions were at the request of Manitoba Agriculture, so they will be difficult to change, but some of the other details are already in the course of being worked out — Fire Protection, Rec­reation, and the like. As to the water restrictions, it was pointed out that Neepawa’s water is taken from a 1500 Acre-feet reservation from North Cypress-Langford where it is drawn. It was agreed that the presentation was not inappropriate, and that Neepawa has been relatively easy to deal with, and that it would be proper and desirable to broaden communications with Neepawa where matters near the border are being discussed.
Davidson mentioned that Langford Recreation District is looking at joining with Neepawa and its neighbours to create a seamless use of the recreation facilities in Neep­awa among the people living in the north part of NCL. Funding of the Langford Rec District is used entirely at their discretion, and it is an appropriate purpose.
Jackson has been looking into getting the water shut-off valve in Brook­dale that was hit by a mower repaired. At present the stem is so bent that it would be impossible to close the valve.
Hockin asked if SEO Epp was working out well for the municipalities. He felt that there hadn’t yet been publicity enough about the election and its details. CAO Jones assured him that advertisements and pos­ters were in hand, and the job was properly covered.
Tolton suggested to those discussing the Neepawa submission to the Planning Board that if there was a difference bet­ween what Neepawa wanted and what Manitoba wanted, that it was better to follow Manitoba’s instructions.
Reeve Adriaansen had found that several trees had been downed onto Road 65 near Firdale, and that municipal equipment wasn’t enough to clear them properly. The cost to bring in the appropriate machines and get it cleared will be around $2500. He noted that the best sources of information on what was obs­tructing municipal roads were the grader operators who are out on them all the time.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:30.

by John McNeily