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Town Council - Park on First and Fanny to be called Art Sear Memorial Park

posted Sep 19, 2016, 8:38 AM by Kathy Carr
What will become of the former lawyer’s office at 121 Main St.? Owner Brad Graham came to council with a new proposal which he presented to Mayor Stuart Olmstead and members of council, as well as John McEntee of the Cypress Planning District.
The Council of the Town of Carberry met on Tuesday, September 13.
Graham was first on the agenda. He noted that council had concerns with the heritage of the building, and not wanting to change the outside. He agreed to keep the integrity of the outside of the heritage building.
He proposed to have the building as a upscale ‘Executive Guest House’. He felt that if there were businesspersons coming to town, or even a family for a reunion, that the building could be rented at an appropriate price point. The building would probably be rented for up to two weeks maximum at a time.
Asked about parking, he felt there was space for three vehicles in the back.
McEntee’s problem was defining the project, and read the definitions of hotel, motel and rooming/boarding house. The closest definition would be a single-unit motel. However he would require a variation for the size of the lot, and a permit to renovate.
Council agreed with this project, with Olm­stead noting that an upscale accommodation would fulfill a need in the community.
Public Works
Council discussed the sidewalk by Meyers’ Meats. The old coal chutes are a problem, especially when it comes to snow clearing. Meyers has hired a carpenter to remove the chutes and redo the cement there. Does Coun­cil want to participate in having the balance of the sidewalk done?
Councillor B. Ander­son and Mayor Olmstead both felt that there were sidewalks that were more in need of repair, and suggested it could be put off until next year’s budget. However, when they considered that the chutes were being done, they decided to go ahead and have it fixed, at a cost of $4200. They also agreed that the curb at 1st and Main should be repaired ($1300). However as both these roads are under provincial jurisdiction, CAO Jones will check with them about the cost.
CAO Jones noted that there have been 14 skunks trapped to date in the town. As well there are other rodents, and a badger that they did not catch. The public works staff has received their shots for dealing with these critters.
Councillor Mann questioned the low spot in the road in front of the duplex by the car wash. On rainy days, seniors have to go through a puddle to get into a vehicle. To fix it properly would take a considerable amount of work and expense. They agreed to get some extra gravel put on the low spot.
Council agreed to purchase a new snowblade for the loader. As a new one was only $1600 more than a used one, they decided to purchase a new one (with warranty) for $9500. Jones reminded them that the loader tires will need to be replaced ‘soon’.
Council also discussed the seasonal and term employees and will add ‘massage coverage’ to all employee’s Blue Cross coverage.
Other business
Council passed resolutions from the joint meeting in August: agreeing to repair the pumper truck #2 at a cost of $13,620 (shared with North Cyp­ress-Langford). They ag­reed to hire former emp­loyee, G. Davison for casual help, on an as-needed basis, and set her wage (also shared jointly); They agreed to purchase a trailer from the fire department at a cost of $1000 (shared); They also agreed to purchase a 2016 John Deere mower for the Parks and Rec Dept. at a cost of $8000 – also shared.
The park on Fanny St. will be named in honour of a former mayor, businessman and sports supporter and become Art Sear Memorial Park in recognition of his dedication to the community over his lifetime.
There are 47 ‘yield’ signs in the town. Ap­parently yield signs cause some confusion, and there is discussion about replacing many of them with stop signs. This cannot be done unless the traffic by-law is changed. Council members will have a copy of the by-law sent to them so they can study it and see what changes should be made.
There was discussion regarding the yellow curbs on Main Street, and the fact that they are virtually ignored by some drivers. The RCMP have been made aware of this problem and will be on the lookout for offenders. There was discussion about repainting the yellow and making the no-parking spots a little longer, especially at the corners where vehicles impede vision.
The crosswalks at the corner of Third and Sel­kirk were also discussed as it was brought to our attention that the signage was dated. The signage has since been taken down.
The dumpster at Car­berry Windshield and Glass seems to be the favourite spot for people getting rid of a variety of waste, not necessarily what should be in there. A camera was suggested to track who is putting stuff in there.   
A concern raised about someone living in a vehicle yielded no action, as it is not technically illegal, if the person has consent of the owner to park there.
CAO Jones reported the office having received a nasty computer virus, which fortunately was halted before too much data was lost – although some was. If you get an email from the municipal office, please ensure that it is not a virus and do not open it, as it starts immediately deleting data. The data backup had some issues but has been resolved.
Manitoba Health has studied having a stretcher service and deemed it to be not feasible.  Council was dismayed by this, but will seek out more information as well as talk to surrounding communities to plot a new course of action.
Councillor Mann gave an enthusiastic report on the Communities in Bloom convention in Stonewall – “Carberry shone”. Carberry fared very well, receiving five blooms, but also extra commendation for ‘Re­duce, Reuse, Recycle’ and also for floral displays. Council gave approval for her attendance.
The added taxes for this year will add an extra $31,814.98 into the town coffers. This is due to buildings and improvements that came on line after the roll was set.
MTS requested that they be able to take pictures of Carberry to be used on a billboard. Gimli is the other community that has been chosen. Council agreed.
CAO Jones has issued an invitation to MLAs Eileen Clarke and Cliff Cullen to attend a  meeting where items such as health care and school tax can be discussed.
Jones has also raised concerns about mail being returned because it has no box number. Sometimes they do not get the full address from their correspondence. CAO Jones will follow up with Canada Post to seek clarification on behalf of Councils.
Councillor Mann suggested that the town council welcome the newcomer refugee family after they arrive in the community and get settled.
Correspondence
Federal Gas Funding of $45,068.16 is available to council. They have put in for some major projects and are awaiting funding approval.
The Seton Centre newsletter was received.
Members of Council are invited to meet with the RCMP during the AMM convention. Councillor Barry Anderson felt that it would be helpful to do that. By-law enforcement is an ongoing concern with council.
FCM Canada 150 is inviting community leaders to be named as “local champions” for events in conjunction with Canada’s 150th birthday. Council members can be named as well.
CPPS is holding a “Back to School Rail Safety Awareness” campaign. This led to a discussion on some railway crossings that are very rough. As the two worst named are in the rural, this will be brought up at a joint meeting.
Around the table
Councillor Barry Anderson noted that a physician will be given a tour of the community on September 28 (by Prairie Mountain Health). However, he warned “not to get our hopes up” as Carberry is one of several communities that are on the ‘circuit.’
Councillor John Anderson brought forward a dog issue that arose. If the wellbeing of a dog is in question, the RCMP can be called.
Mayor Olmstead suggested to proceed with a health care workers brunch/appreciation get together be an item for joint discussion. Another item is safety at the intersection of #1 and #5 highway to be worked on with the RM, suggestions of a “major intersection ahead” sign with flashing lights may help with the safety issue.
Prior to adjournment, accounts totalling $158,986.19 plus direct deposits, were approved for payment. Council meets again on October 11, with the joint meeting being held on September 26.
By Gloria Mott
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