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Town Council - New crossing lights greatly appreciated

posted Sep 24, 2018, 9:23 AM by Kathy Carr
The council of the Town of Carberry met on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m., with Mayor Olmstead in the chair, and all councillors present except Mann. Also present were Public Works Foreman Sudak; Manager of Parks, Recreation and Sanitation Stephenson; Staff Sergeant Wikander of the Blue Hills Detach­ment of the RCMP.
Staff Sergeant Wikan­der was the first delegation. He was happy to report that the crime statistics for the area were down, and that the local detachment was at full strength with the recent arrival of a promising cadet. This is not the case in other parts of his detachment. The Moun­ties are finding it hard to recruit now that their wages have fallen below the average of most city forces. Recruitment issues are beyond their collective level and Council may consider addressing these issues with a higher level of government.  Wikander did mention the neighboring RM’s are under the same stresses in regards to policing that we are.
The Town has been trying very hard to supplement the support they receive from the RCMP with a by-law enforcement officer or a Com­munity Safety Officer, but we are waiting on res­ponse from Winnipeg for further information. The nearby RM of Corn­wallis has their own police officer who has been a real asset to the municipality, both in the effectiveness of their by-laws and in the collection of fines to enrich the municipal coffers. The official oversight and support that must be in place before such an officer is hired are complicated and considerable, but well worth it if they can be secured.
In passing, Wikander mentioned that Cpl. Mc­Kin­non has been off to compete in an international triathlon, much to her credit.
Public Works
With the police delegation over, attention turned to Foreman Sudak, who reported that the new crossing lights on First Street have been very effective and much appreciated by the schools’ safety coordinator. This first use of traffic control lights in town could soon be followed by another set at the crossing of Main Street between the Col­legiate and the Presby­­terian Church at Second Avenue. The hardware is inexpensive and self-contained, and can be repositioned — as perhaps in summer to protect crossings to the Community Centre. One problem with putting in a crossing of Main Street at Stickle to help kids on their way to the rink or pool is that the crossing would drop them into oncoming traffic on Stickle. It will be necessary to put a sidewalk along the south side of Stickle; the north side’s ditch is too deep. This will be a consideration in the budget for 2019.
The proposed assisted living facility will require a sprinkler system, which in turn will require an extension of the fire line from its present last hyd­rant at Laverne Avenue. To extend it the 160 metres further to Main and Wheatland Drive, with the installation of a hydrant, has been quoted at $38,178.63. 
Other budget items to consider for 2019 would be the purchase of a soft shelter to place behind the shop to protect road salt from the weather. The price tag for the shelter would be approximately $19,000.00 
Changes in the price of steel have increased the price quoted for the Ford truck fitted with a dump box, $49,000 plus taxes.
A quote has been secured for a 2016 Hyundai loader with a Cummins diesel engine. The base price is $149 thousand, and with a trade-in offer of $60 thousand would cost $89 thousand. As the old loader has crossed 4000 hours, and would have further depreciation at 5000 hours, this might be the best time to make the trade, though the old one has been reliable, and it is only a short time since the backhoe was traded, so the two will come up for replacement together in about five years, and be a burden to the council of the day. There is a strong argument for extending the use of the loader to spread out the expense.
Flushing of the sewer lines is under way. Sudak has divided the town into four sections, and will start this year to power jet flush one section (the west) per year for a four-year cycle, with the other sections receiving the usual gravity flush. It would make sense to send a camera along the flushed lines to inspect for trouble. It was a camera that detected the problems at Foster Crescent in time to make repairs. The jet flushing is contracted out, and it will be important to ensure that time-lines are written into the contract.
Simon Ryan is eager to start work on his road. The development agreement has been prepared, and once it is signed, work can begin.
The back lane from Toronto Street to the rear of the municipal office is to be restricted in use; cars will be blocked, but pedestrian traffic will continue. Painting of the parking area between HMS and the CVM will be done to outline and keep the laneway behind Main Street open and usable by the heavy trucks that need access.
Sudak was asked about the large puddles forming at the Main Street end of the restricted laneway between the CMI and the Reilly block. The hope, when the laneway was filled in, was that it could be configured to drain towards Simcoe Street, but the Main Street sidewalk is still a bit too low, and water runs into Main Street, which is a provincially maintained road, so the Town can’t reconfigure it. The drainage of the area is the Town’s concern, so something will have to be done to correct the grading.
The Art Sear play park in the west end is getting use, but worried mothers have been complaining of finding debris in the large ­dirt pile. Works employees have inspected it and been working through it as best they can.  Grass has been planted, but did not grow, so more grass will be planted and hope for fresh grass in the spring for the kids to play on.
A By-law, No. 3/2018, was requested by the Fire Department to cut down on troublesome false alarms, many of which are generated by improperly set security systems. As each call-out can cost the department as much as $500, and disrupt members at work or home, it is necessary to have something in place to penalize those who let these things recur without taking steps to correct the problem. The by-law provides for a three-level consequence sequence for offenders, a verbal warning, a written warning, and a cost recovery fine of about $500, which can be added to taxes. The by-law received first reading.
Unfinished Business
The insurance adjuster has asked for details of the age of the hydrant damaged by a car. It is hoped that this will be paid by MPI, in which case there will be no deductible from the cost.
The funds from the sale of the garbage truck will be used for upgrades to the transfer station as was discussed previously at Joint Council, regardless of what NCL decides to do with their half of the proceeds.
General Business:
It was moved that Jesse Gingras be upgraded to a full-time utility employee, with the costs divided 50/50 with the Munici­pality of North Cypress-Langford. It was noted that this hire was done at the request of his supervisors through the Waste Management Com­­mittee who are justifiably imp­res­sed with his work, but was done without full consultation of the Personnel Com­mittee, though several members are on both boards. There was a question about the procedure of by-passing the committee whose job it is to consider personnel matters in the broader context.
Jesse will be able to back up the transfer station attendant to secure better compliance with the required practises. He will also look after cleaning up the areas around dumpsters, working at the rink and cemetery, and doing snow and ice removal.
Council discussed the proposal of the News-Express to deliver the paper to all town residences for a reduced subscription fee and to offer a quarter page of each issue free and deliver any flyers. Council agreed that it would greatly improve communication and transparency, but was hesitant about the cost. The further advantage that an important community amenity would be strengthened mitigates the cost, but there is still a cost to the service. No matter what, no decision can appropriately be taken on a four-year commitment before the election and next year’s budget.
Planning Matters
Discussion around a main street business that is for sale, the Planning Officer would like a letter assuring to assure any future purchaser that there would be no concern with a dwelling upstairs and in the back of the ground floor, providing the front remained available for commercial use. Council felt this would be appropriate.
Finance and Accounts
Cheques and direct deposits totalling $214,792.71 were approved for payment.
The Parking By-law No. 5/2017 was read a second time and discussed at some length. Besides parking, the by-law covers all traffic control signage and pedestrian crossings. The by-law will be available to be examined, but for the most part it will be expressed by signs and curb painting. There were few changes, but one notable one is the complete removal of angle parking anywhere in town. The increased size of vehicles has made for some dangerous situations for other drivers and pedestrians alike, especially around Main and Third. There will no longer be angle parking at Meyers’ store or at the 125 Park. The ban also applies to the space in front of the United Church.
The by-law received its third reading and was passed into law. It takes effect at once.
Unfinished Business
From the joint meeting, Trish Fraser, Teresa McConnell, and Sandra Jones were approved to attend the District 5 MMAA meeting in Brandon on September 21. The costs will be shared 50/50 with North Cypress-Langford.
Council agreed to purchase a quarter page ad in the Legion’s Military Ser­vice Recognition Book at a cost of $310, shared equally with NCL.
Council also agreed to contribute $400 to the cost of a laptop computer for the Fire Department, shared 50/50 with North Cypress-Langford.
There is as yet no word on the cost of a digital sign at the Collegiate. It is expected that a major sponsor will join with the Collegiate, the Com­munity Foundation and the two municipalities, but the details are not yet final.
In response to the request at the joint meeting, council agreed to support the Lyons Estates/ Daughters on Call assisted living facility with a grant of $5000 per year for five years, with the monies taken from the Health Care Reserve, commencing in 2019.
Animal Control continues to be a thorny topic. As it stands, if there is a place that will accept them, the town will transport stray or feral animals there. The problem has been that there are no spots open.
Council agreed to advertise for an animal control officer, requesting proposals for some sort of retainer/fee-for-service con­tract. This is the way the greatest number of jurisdictions handle the problem.
Simon Ryan’s development agreement has been drawn up, it should be signed shortly.
General Business
There has been a request to purchase five lots on Market Street where the lift station is situated. In fairness, the lots will be offered for sale by tender, and the lift station itself will be withheld. If a survey has not been filed, it will have to be done first.
The Municipal Operating Grant is $94,050.62, paid in three installments.
With regret, council accepted the resignation of Public Works Foreman Mike Sudak. His last day of work will be Friday September 21.
The Seton Centre in its newsletter advises that it needs to replace a heater element in its furnace. It is asking for help from its supporters, and looking for new memberships. Council felt that if the Centre required more than their usual $500 block support, they should come before council with the request.
The judges’ report from the Communities in Bloom has been received. Carberry once again received the five-bloom rating, with special mention of the Daylily Gar­den, the Heritage efforts, and the care of the Cemetery.
Added to the Agenda
Council agreed to support the ‘What’s the Big Idea’ promotion with a grant of $1000. The event will be held in Glenboro on October 17. There was a suggestion there be earlier publicity about the awards to attract more participants and the sorts of things that a presentation should include.
A Capital Fundraising Committee comprising Debbie Steen (of Service for Seniors), Brianna Ren­wick (of the Com­munity Foundation), Gra­dy Step­henson (Mana­ger of Parks, Recreation, and Sanitation), and Sandra Jones (CAO, Carberry and North Cypress Lang­ford) has been struck to address the need for a reserve to cover the costs of capital projects that are not to be added to the taxpayers cost. Their initial effort will be a 50/50 draw running from October to December to hopefully generate app­roximately $12 thousand which can be put towards such projects as the new water slide at the pool, a new Handivan, or a digital sign.
Around the Table
B. Anderson wished to know the dates of October meetings. The Town will meet on the 9th and the joint meeting will be held on October 22, just before the election.
J. Anderson noted that the CDC needs a new computer, and wondered if the laptops with which councillors had been issued should be turned in for repurposing. The CAO assured him that three new computers have already been ordered.
J. MacGregor asked if it were possible for community programs to be paid digitally, whether by credit/debit or phone app. The CAO pointed out that though the transfers were easily arranged, the bookkeeping arising from an extra couple of hundred transactions that must be forwarded and acknowledged is a large logistical issue. Adminis­tration is investigating separating out each organization’s books again, dependent upon the auditors suggestions going forward. The problem may yet be sorted out as the municipal software becomes more sophisticated.
Council agreed to hire Ryan George as a full time Public Works emp­loyee, effective Septem­ber 10.
At nearly 10:30 p.m., after a long session, council adjourned.

by John McNeily