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Town Council - Electoral boundaries being adjusted - where will we land this time?

posted Mar 19, 2018, 9:41 AM by Kathy Carr
The council of the Town of Carberry met on Tuesday evening, March 13, in the council chambers of the Municipal Offices, with Mayor Olmstead in the chair, and all members present, along with CAO Jones and former Mayor Blair as a delegation.
Works foreman Su­dak had sent word that he would like to apply for two solar-powered flashing crosswalk lights to place at the schools. The units would cost $13,261.02, and he hopes to apply to the Car­berry and Area Community Foundation for a grant of $8,840.68 towards them, leaving the town to cover the balance.
Accounts totalling $137,608.85 were app­roved for payment.
Former Mayor Wayne Blair appeared before council to hear details of the garbage contract with TAC Ventures. He was told the contract had been issued and will be approved formally at the Joint Council meeting, and runs until 2022. TAC have been collecting garbage and recycling since February 5, and the only dispute so far was quickly corrected. There is in the contract a workable dispute resolution procedure, and the costs closely parallel the costs that the town bore in labour and equipment maintenance and rep­lace­ment. The contract will come up for app­roval at the next joint meeting.
CAO Jones reported that the Sewer Rates, By-Law 2/2015, is still held up at the Public Utilities Board, though they assure her that the decision is close to the top of their order list.
Unfinished Business
Council agreed to join with the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford in becoming a silver sponsor of the McCain Clear Lake Golf Classic, at a cost of $2000, split 50/50 with NCL.
A motion to pay the fees necessary to be­come a payee with the Royal Bank for utility accounts and property taxes was defeated. It was considered the uncharacteristically high charges didn’t warrant the expense.
Council moved to waive the outstanding pro­perty taxes on the building at 33 Main Street (the old Bank of Mont­real). Now that the buil­ding is in local hands, there are great hopes for some real improvements at that site.
Electoral boundaries are being adjusted this year. This is done to ensure that each MLA is elected by as near as possible the same number of electors. Carberry has historically been passed back and forth and up and down among the surrounding ridings. For the moment we are represented by Eileen Clarke of Agassiz riding. When the new boundaries are presented, it will be well to see where we land.
The post of Rec­reation Programmer has not yet been officially filled; the hiring will be presented to the upcoming joint meeting.
General Business
In accordance with the Municipal Act, council designated 2017 as the year for tax sale, and set the date for Tax Sale as October 2, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.
Council approved the purchase of a 2015 New Holland B95B Tractor, at a cost of $75,289.08, taxes included, after trade in of a Case 580 Super M Backhoe, valued at $34,500.
Camp Bridges, which provides support and therapy to bereaved children, wrote to say that because of generous support the previous year, they will not require donations this year towards their $15,000 budget. They thanked their supporters for their generosity, and assured them that they are continuing with their annual camp.
Around the Table
Former Mayor Blair informed council that he is preparing a plaque for the bench in the front office. The bench came from the long-demolished Carberry CPR station, and was the property of Errol Berry, whose family donated it to the town. It was refinished by Jerrold Niko­laisen’s firm, Bladewood Res­toration. Blair said he will design and cost a plaque, and bring it before councils shortly.
Blair also asked the best procedure for presenting a complaint about undisciplined dogs. The CAO will provide him with an official complaint form, and offered suggestions as to how to fill it in most effectively.
B. Anderson noted that several boards to which the council nominates members are short their proper number. He asked that the matter be discussed at a subsequent meeting.
J. Anderson asked when a Recreation Fund­raising Committee would be named. He has a contact with some good ideas and a willingness to execute them. He asked for a timely addressing of this need.
He also asked about the status of the project to create a “King Spud” statue. Could this be put on the agenda of the Community Develop­ment Corporation? It could also be put on the agenda of the Joint Councils.
All councillors offered kudos to the town workers for their efforts in the recent snow storm. In comparison with any jurisdiction nearby or further, our snow clearing is clearly superior. We have been very fortunate to have such effective and dedicated workers.
MacGregor suggested that work should be kept up on the parking/ traffic by-law. What is soon needed is a ‘walkabout’ to determine needs for signage and parking controls, as the by-law will cover the whole town’s range of needs for stop signs, yields, speed limits and parking designations. Council will follow through with a tour of the Town this spring once the snow is gone.
Mayor Olmstead asked to set a date for a Budget Meeting. A date and time of 4:00 p.m. on Monday the 19th of March was set.
With that, the meeting adjourned at 7:53 p.m. Next meeting for the Carberry Town Council will be on Tuesday, April 10. 

by John McNeily