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Town Council - Unusual meeting takes place for Council

posted Oct 17, 2016, 8:57 AM by Kathy Carr
It was an unusual meeting that took place for Carberry Town Coun­cil. As the meeting opened at 7:00 p.m., with Deputy Mayor Barry Anderson in the chair, but paused and reconvened at 8:30 p.m. when they had a quorum. In attendance were Coun­cillors John Anderson and Jaime MacGregor.
John McEntee of Cypress Planning also attended and two hearings took place. Brian Ramsey, of RD Ramsey Ltd. attended in regards to the rebuilding of his auto and repair shop. It was some years ago that the newer addition on the east side of the main shop was damaged extensively by a large truck. The collision also damaged the foundation of the original building. Cost to repair the old, or rebuild new was relatively close.
The proposal now is to tear down the first 40 feet of the building and rebuild with a second floor. This will allow additional storage for the other businesses being conducted, and possibly incorporate other uses in the future. 
He requests to change the building height from 30’ to 36’. After the hearing ended, Council gave approval to this proposal.
The second application was from BGH Farms, in regards to 121 Main St. At the September meeting, Brad Graham proposed to turn 121 Main into a “single unit” motel – an upscale short-term rental “executive suite” that would offer a place to stay, while maintaining the heritage look on the outside.
Council authorized the variations that would make it compliant with the current by-laws.
Council also looked at a proposal to subdivide the duplex on 115/119 Calvert St. into two distinct properties. This means splitting the property along the party wall into separate titles.
This was done under the “short process” in the Cypress Planning Office and the only “wrinkle” in the process is that the building frontage now becomes on Ottawa St. address, instead of Calvert.
Council gave approval to the subdivision.
Former Mayor, Wayne Blair was also in attendance. He proposed an idea to council for a fundraiser. He noted that there is no place in the community that sells Car­berry shirts or hats. He had looked into the price of them, and felt that they could be a fundraiser for a community organization, committee or board. 
There is a certain amount of “swag” in the municipal office, which is made available for fundraisers etc., but not for sale. Council will discuss this further at another time.
Other business
Council passed the resolutions from the joint meeting: The purchase of an ad in the Legion Military Service book for $250; attendance of three staff to an accessibility workshop; authorizing T. Fiskel to attend FIPPA training; Authorizing T. Holland to attend a landfill operation training course; Attendance of A. Smith to the Tri-Regional Recreation Conference. All these were funded jointly with North-Cyp­ress-Langford.
As the grant that will help develop the park at First and Fanny will be funded by grants for natural space, that park will be Art Sear Natural Park (or something similar).
Council discussed op­tions for pigeon control at the old bank. 
Approval was given for a $100 donation to the Halloween Dance.
Public Works has suggested that the old street sander, which is no longer needed, be sold to free up space. They agreed to tender it.
CAO Jones read the fire report. There have been 16 calls to the Town of Carberry – a fair number of which were false alarms.
Council also discussed under what special circumstances there could be a departure from the conditional uses in the mixed business district. CAO Jones will look into it, to see if there is a protocol in place.

Two welcome pieces of correspondence were received. The Municipal Road and Bridge grant of $59,936.00 was received from the province, which will be matched with local dollars to get some repair work done.
The final payment of the Municipal Grant program was received: $14,586.83.

Around the table
Councillor John Ander­son reported on the communication course he at­tended which he felt was “excellent.” He also re­quested more information for the employee recognition program.
Prior to adjournment, accounts totalling $84,552.61 were app­roved for payment, plus direct deposits. 
Next Town meeting will be on November 8 at 3:00 p.m. There will be a joint meeting with North Cyp­ress-Langford on October 24. Meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m. (longest short meeting ever!)

by Gloria Mott