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Town Council Carberry is growing

posted Oct 16, 2017, 8:51 AM by Kathy Carr
Our town is growing. This is evidenced by the subdivisions and the building that has been taking place within its limits. Carberry Town Council met with Mayor Stuart Olmstead chairing, and all council members in attendance on October 10. Develop­ment Officer, John McEntee warned that, accompanying growth, are more regulations.
One of the problems with new home building, is the need to have levels assured so that builders can be sure to put the basement of a home at the right level or drain their property so that it does not negatively affect the neighbours (among other things). 
CAO Jones stressed that the levels that the town public works have/know, are not considered legal measurements. They may have a measurement of a manhole, but if traffic has been driving over it for 15 years, is it still in the same place? They cannot guarantee the levels. McEntee suggested that there should be a “benchmark” – a verified marker (for a specific area) that would be a starting place when doing construction. Otherwise, the only way to make sure the levels are correct, is to hire a surveyor to do so. New development agreements should include elevations for drainage.
Even the pins that have been placed to mark lots within a subdivision cannot be absolutely trusted. McEntee noted that the Cypress Planning District has a number of building location certificates, which can be helpful when locating lot lines, but are not a legal document – they are for information purposes only.
Simon Ryan, who has been developing the property to the west of Wellwood Ave. and north of First Ave., presented a new proposal for Coun­cil’s consideration. Having had no interest in the commercial property to the east of the eight-plexes, he is now proposing to put four duplexes on the property. The southern 25’ of this phase will extend into the commercial area, which would require a zoning amendment.
He also proposes to ‘give’ the road involved to the town, as well as the green space (which is the 125’ west of Well­wood Rd.) and within the Highway’s zone of control, and cannot be developed.
Council were not opposed to the proposal initially. However, when they began to dig deeper into it, there were questions. Councillor Jaime MacGregor urged that their decision “not be rushed. We rush into too many decisions to try and help, but we need to take a good look at what we are approving.”  The Parks and Recreation crew has a full slate of mowing as it is – will that extra green space mean that more hiring will be needed?  MacGregor felt that our crews had their hands full now without adding more to their schedules.   Have they fully thought out how the other requirements (roads, sewers, sidewalks, etc.) will impact their budgets? We need to be acting on these new developments with sidewalks and or paths and do them properly. What about street lights? There are many questions that need to be addressed before we can approve this plan.
Councillor Barry Anderson felt that he couldn’t get the ‘big picture’ when all they see are the developments in piece meal portions. He felt that he needed to see what exactly how it is all laid out.
Although there are aspects of this project that the developer would like to see started sooner, rather than in the spring when the ground is muddy, council hesitated. Rather than make a decision, they opted to meet with Mr. Ryan and view the property. They appreciate the development that he has brought to the town, but do not want to be too hasty in giving approval, and possibly miss something important.

By-laws
By-law 2/2015 (the sewer rates) are still waiting for feedback from the province.
By-law 5/2017 (the parking by-law) which will replace the by-law that was brought in when the parking changed from angle parking to parallel on Main St. is being rewritten. Council will be given the old and the new draft, to check and critique. In the meantime, that by-law was given first reading.
The Special Services Garbage by-law 6/2017 which places a levy on garbage collection, is also being revamped. The garbage rates have not changed in a long time, and the proposal is to up it to $170 per household as a base rate, with businesses, apartments and such being a multiple of that rate. A new levy must go through the Municipal Board before it can be legislated.
The CAO will do more information-gathering prior to having a meeting with North Cypress-Langf­ord where all aspects of waste removal will be discussed. This includes whether they will continue with their own truck, hire the service out, or even whether they will work together with NCL for garbage removal in the future.

Resolutions from joint meeting
The attendance to the annual AMM convention in Brandon, Nov. 27-29, was given approval. CAO Jones’ costs will be shared by NCL and Carberry.
The attendance of Tricia Zander to four events was approved.
 The attendance of T. Fiskel to a FIPPA event on October 4 was approved.
The purchase of a wreath for the Carberry Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day service was approved - $35. Council also approved sharing the cost of an advertisement in the Legion’s Military Service Recognition Book; $310 shared 50/50.
A donation of $100 was approved to the Car­berry Halloween Youth Dance.
Recreation Director, Andrew Smith was approved to attend the Tri-Regional Recreation Con­f­erence at Elkhorn Resort, October 17 and 18, shared 50/50 by both municipalities.
A donation of $250 was approved to the Pearson Benefit Social, also shared 50/50 by both councils.

Other business
Councils also accepted the wage schedule, as set out by the Personnel Committee.
The resignation of Public Works Employee Samuel Rutz effective September 29. Willi Sippel was hired as full time public works emp­loyee.
CAO Jones noted that animal control issues are again/still a concern for the office and public works. While they have no animal control officer, there are occasions when the town needs to act. An agreement has been worked out with the local vet.
When an animal is brought in by a member of public works to the veterinary clinic, the owner will pay the town office and get a receipt to redeem the animal. If no one claims the animal, then the town will pay the expenses at the clinic.
However, if a member of the public brings an animal to the veterinary clinic, and no owner comes to pay the bill and claim the animal, then the person that brought the animal in, is responsible. Even though a person is being a ‘Good Samaritan’ in regards to the animal, they must be aware that it may ending up costing them.
If an animal has a Carberry tag, then the office will try to contact the owner prior to involving the vet clinic.
If there is a report of a wild animal within the town, Sustainable Develo­p­­ment is contacted, and hopefully they take care of the situation, as it is their jurisdiction. However, if they cannot act, and it is a matter of safety (e.g. a skunk in the school yard), then the public works will take care of the matter.
A local person complained by letter of seeing a rat and of someone seeing a coyote in town. They were instructed to call Sustainable Develop­ment. Seeing wildlife in town is part and parcel of being a rural community.
A person offered to provide group insurance benefits for the municipal employees. Currently employees are covered under the Municipal Employees Benefits Board. Council discussed letting him provide a quote for services, and having comparisons done. However, right now there are so many other issues that the office is dealing with, that they decided leave things as they currently are.
It is now approximately one year until the next municipal election, and CAO Jones is making initial moves to have the people in place to get the job done. The enumerator will again do the job of listing all the eligible voters.
The second job is the SEO (Senior Elections Officer). That is the person that spearheads the process – that makes sure all advertisements are in place, that polling stations are in place, that there are people to run those stations. They also deal with the candidates and making sure that they have met the criteria to run for office. 
Last time the SEO was appointed from within the staff, as no one applied for the job when advertised. This did not seem right to council to have this added to the CDC’s job description for no extra compensation.
Council is in favour of advertising again for the position.
Councillor Lin Mann has made contact with CN Rail and they have advised her that a crew is going to be installing new ties along the track between the golf course and Carberry. Crossing planks will also be installed and hopefully this will improve the rough crossings somewhat. There will be closures of some roads while this work is being done October 24.
Mayor Olmstead had a choice word – “Horrible” (he would have used even better ones if the reporter had not been there!) for the paving that was done on Wellwood Rd. coming into town. Councillor MacGregor added the paving did not extend to the edge of the road, leaving it very uneven and not the full width of the road. And… Council had nothing but praise for the job of paving that was done on 4th Avenue by private contractor. Council will write a letter of complaint to Highways, as they are anticipating having Main St. redone at somepoint.

Communications
TaXervice advised that there will be no tax sale this year.
TransCanada Pipeline advised of the cancelling of the Energy East pipeline.
Canadian Public Works Association sent a certificate of appreciation recognizing the efforts of the Carberry Pub­lic Works during Canada’s National Public Works Week.

Around the table
John Anderson commended the work done on the lane between the SWESC office and the Carberry Motor Inn.
Barry Anderson thanked council members for their support during his absence.
Mayor Stu noted that the Christmas Parade will be December 2; venue and entertainment to be decided. He has been chosen to emcee a PC fundraiser in Neep­awa October 27. 
He also reported on MMA Executive events, discussions with MLA Eileen Clark, and ‘Lobby Days.’
CAO Jones reported that NCL Council has given notice that they are not interested in continuing with the public notification system, Code Red. If they pull out of it, then the Carberry Coun­cil will have to decide whether they can afford to continue.
She also reported on a meeting with the Office of the Fire Com­mis­sioner here in Carberry, with fire, and building personnel. She stated that it was an excellent meeting in which so much information was acquired. 
After the devastating fire in Virden’s historic district, the department will make an effort to do inspections on all of Main St. The delegation did do an inspection on an empty Main St. business building and there will be more information and follow up to update Council at a further time.
Her last comment was to give kudos to the office on having performed well during a very busy tax month.
Prior to adjournment, accounts totalling $144,364.54 (cheques and direct deposits) were approved for payment. Next town council meeting will be November 14. Joint October meeting will be October 23.

by Gloria Mott
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