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Town Council - By-law in place to regulate fences

posted Aug 15, 2016, 11:08 AM by Kathy Carr
Did you know that the Town of Carberry has a by-law which regulates fences? It seems that many people (contractors included) are unaware of this fact. Carberry Town Council met on Tuesday, August 9, with Mayor Stuart Olmstead chairing and all council present.
Development Officer, McEntee was also present. 
According to the by-law, front yard fences are to be no higher than 3.5 feet, and rear fences, six feet. This applies, not only to fences, but also to hedges or even trees planted close enough together that they form a fence.
There have been some issues with fences, and it appears that ignorance of the regulations is playing a role. Council intends to rectify this by sending a letter to all known contractors advising them of the by-law. They also will have the notice posted at the lumber yard and hardware store.
However, Council and CAO Jones felt that the policy needed an update regarding fencing, which may include such things as design, materials and corners. There was even discussion as to whether fence building would require a permit. This will be deferred to another meeting.
Building proposals
Vadim Liubkin and Daniel Rutz attended a hearing in regards to locating a duplex on 21 Toronto St. Plans were brought which showed two 848 sq. ft. two bedroom units, back to back, on a 50 ‘x117’ lot.
The building would require some variations: to reduce the required width of the property from 55 to 50’, the setback front and back from 30 to 28.5’ and to reduce the building envelope in the property from 44% to 41%.
Council had questions about the driveways – one onto Toronto St. and one onto the back lane, but also the five foot setback from the back lane, which seems ‘tight’. CAO Jones noted that the back lane is very busy, with many businesses using it, including municipal office staff.
There were no objections from the neighbouring properties. Council decided to allow the variations and the building will proceed.
Steve McMillan of VBJ Developments and Adam Mahaney came in regards to the former Pentencostal Church building (south of the Post Office). Mr. Mahaney purchased the building and realizes there is demand for rental units in the town.  Several options and ideas were discussed, as well as the importance of keeping the heritage aspect of Main Street intact for any new project that may come to fruition.  Consideration was also brought forward concerning retail versus residential for the downtown core.  After discussion with the owner and developer and amongst themselves, Council gave McEntee a list of requirements that would have to be met, and asked for a conceptual plan prior to any further discussions.
Other business
Resolutions were passed from the July joint meeting: Authorization of attendance at the Foundation of Effective Communication AMM workshop in October; attendance at the AMM Convention in November; a grant of $600 to the Heritage Festival Committee, shared 50/50.
The town rents a portion of one of their garages to a local business for equipment storage. Council asked for utility costs prior to setting the rental for 2017.
Development Officer McEntee went over the 2015 audit for the Cypress Planning District. Last year they budgeted for a deficit of $21,000 and came out with a profit of about $25,000. This is due to all the activity that has been taking place. This year they have also deficit-budgeted, and anticipate that they will at least break even.
The CAO forwarded to council the different ways that other municipalities recognize long service. This will be forwarded to a committee.
Sustainable Development is looking for information regarding the urban pesticide regulations, and how they are affecting you. They are looking for opinions which may result in the regulations being repealed. The survey has been posted to the Town of Carberry website and citizens are encouraged to provide some input.
CAO Jones noted that there is interest from employees of including doctor-ordered massage on the Blue Cross Insurance plan. She will survey the employees as to whether those who are on the plan are willing to pay the extra premium for this service.
Council met with the Communities in Bloom delegation prior to the meeting. They updated council on their picnic pergola which will have the roofline of the old railway station. Council agreed to accept this building once it is complete.
Council will try and take advantage of new and old grants, as well as some gas tax rebate monies that are in existence to get some much-needed infrastructure repaired. As a preliminary to applying for grants, they gave approval for the following projects: Second Ave., Main St. to Toronto, Charles Drive, Foster Cres., municipal building windows and signage. Approval may only take place in time for the 2017 year.
Correspondence
The General Assistance Grant (Building Manitoba) per capita final installment was received: $120,445.73. (Towns generally receive more than rural municipalities because they pay high policing costs.)
September was declared as Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month.
MADD thanked council for their advertisement in their promotion materials.
Around the table
Councillor J. Anderson noted that there was a basic landfill management course and recommended that the nuisance ground attendant take the weekend course.

CAO Jones noted that there has been an issue with people blowing their mowing clippings onto the street. This is a huge issue when mowing has not taken place for a long time, and the whole street is covered. Please bag your clippings if possible.
While the parking lot at Spud City Foods has lines painted for parking, it was asked if the same should be done for the CVM parking lot. They agreed.
Council also discussed how boards that regularly book the old municipal office rooms after hours should contribute to the extra costs that result from the use. 
Council went ‘in camera’ to discuss personnel issues.
Prior to adjournment, accounts totalling $252,614.90 plus direct deposits were approved for payment. Next will be the joint meeting on August 22. The next town meeting will be September 13.
By Gloria Mott
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