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Town Council Steve Denton named as new Fire Inspector for Carberry & NCL

posted Aug 20, 2018, 9:25 AM by Kathy Carr
The August meeting of the council of the Town of Carberry was held on Tuesday August 14, in the council chambers, with Mayor Olm­stead in the chair, and all councillors but Mann present, along with CAO Jones.
With the opening formalities complete, there were no planning concerns and no delegations, so attention went to financial concerns, and the July expenditures of $140,075.36 were app­roved for payment.
There followed a series of resolutions re­quested by the auditor, that confirmed earlier ex­penditures, and allcated them to their appropriate reserves.
The next item to receive attention was By-Law 5/2017, the Traffic and Parking By-Law. This is a complex document that lays down all the regulations about the use of vehicles in the town. It gives the placement of ‘Yield’ and ‘Stop’ signs, parking regulations, crosswalks, speed restrictions, and handicap spots. It tries to balance convenience against safety. There was much discussion of the choice between ‘yield’ and ‘stop’ signs. The former is enough to confirm who has the right of way, but the latter is better for safety at a busier intersection. Overuse of ‘stop’ signs is annoying at best, and often a cause of impatience, which is a danger in itself. Council has been conferring back and forth with Foreman Sudak about the choice and placement of signs.
Another detail that may well change with the new by-law is the re­moval of all angle parking. With the increasing size of vehicles, there are too many problems of congestion and visibility associated with angle parking, and rather than leave one or two hold-outs, it is going to be simpler and safer to suspend it altogether.
The by-law, with the evening’s comments, will be tabled and passed back to Foreman Sudak.
Unfinished Business
Resolutions from the Joint Meeting
Council approved the enrollment of Nelli Sippel to the Municipal Employee Benefit Pro­gram and Blue Cross. Cost will be split 50/50 between the Town and North Cypress Langford.
Council approved ACAO Fraser to attend a Munisoft Refresher Course in Winnipeg on October 15, 2018 at a cost of $175 plus lunch and mileage. These costs will be split 50/50 with NCL.
Council agreed to purchase the Cemetery Ad­ministration program through Munisoft at a cost of $1299. The cost will be shared 50/50 with the Municipality of North Cypress Langford.
Other Unfinished Business
Council agreed to purchase the building and land at 314 Fourth Avenue from Don Scott at a price of $75,000. There is an allotment of $50,000 in this year’s budget for this purpose, so it was agreed to pay $45,000 at once and retain $5,000 for possible legal and administrative costs of the purchase, and pay the balance in 2019. Council already have offers to remove the building if they decide to use the land otherwise.
General Business
Council approved the donation of municipal records to the Manitoba Archives.
Council accepted with regret the resignation of Travis Lozinsky as Public Works Assistant Foreman. They also appointed Steve Denton to be a Fire Inspector for the Town of Carberry and the Municipality of North Cypress Langford. His wage of $25/hr. will be paid by whichever municipality he is performing his inspections.
Council discussed the matter of custom work by Public Works employees. Work such as the trimming of hedges that overhang public sidewalks has sometimes been done at no expense to the property owner, but proper practise is to inform the landowner that the work must be done by the landowner within a definite time limit, or it will be done by town employees at the landowner’s expense. The present work order/ invoice system is clearing up inconsistencies of this sort.
The course of action is simple where the problem is safety-related and the tree or hedge is the property of the landowner. Where it gets more complex is when the tree is town property, and a landowner wants it trim­med or removed for non-safety-related reasons. In this case, the proper practise is for the land­owner to request the change from council, and on approval to pay the expenses of the pruning or removal themselves.
As a further complication, there are a few trees that have been pruned free for safety reasons in the past often enough to create a precedent in these individual cases.
Council discussed some safety concerns over the laneway running between Toronto and Main behind the Municipal Office, and the one running behind Main Street from Third south to the first laneway. This area is much used for pedestrian traffic (including children at play), heavy truck deliveries, and for access to the public parking south of the CVM, and there are visibility and manoeu­vering concerns at the junction.  It may be safest to close the entrance to the lane from Toronto Street, and by painting and bollards to keep the turning area clear. The Fire Department, Works Foreman and the adjacent landowners will be consulted before steps can be taken.
The presentation that Dr. Marie North and Cats TNR made in a delegation to the Council of North Cypress Langford was copied to the Council of the Town of Car­berry as well, and there was considerable discussion at Council. Carberry has long been sensitive to the issue of strays and feral animals, but has been unable to enforce the By-Law it has in place for lack of any Animal Control Officer or By-Law Enforcement Officer. Research has been done as to the ways other administrations have handled the problem, but the problem is complex and costly. A full-time position would have to cost a minimum of $40,000 in wages and benefits, and then to that would be added the costs of a vehicle and equipment such as traps, nets and gloves. Even if that expense could be budgeted and put in place, the officer would be faced with the problem of what to do with an animal once caught. There is no local pound, kennel or shelter; Bran­don’s are full, and Neepawa Cats TNR volunteers are already overextended. A difficult problem, and one that, as the presentation underlines, is not going away.
Mayor Olmstead agreed to join the committee that NCL and the cat rescue people are forming. 
Develop­ment Coor­dinator will be asked to research the requirements for setting up a kennel, in the hope that one can be encouraged to set up here.
As required by the Municipal Act, council approved an operating deficit recovery method for the year 2015 in regards to the fire line extension debenture.
At the request of the developer, the road to be built for Ryan Develop­ments’ duplex will be called Brettell Road, in honour of Ryan’s step-father.
Communications
A patient  wrote to council to comment on some concerns she had with the Carberry Health Centre arising out of a recent stay there. She will be thanked for her contribution, and her concerns will be borne in mind by the Health Committee, but council has no direct input on matters controlled by Prairie Moun­tain Health.
Another letter was received from ratepayers who wrote to object strenuously to the placement of a pair of dumpsters opposite their front door on Third Avenue. They pointed out that they are ugly and at times very smelly, degrade property values and reduce needed parking spaces. Council agreed that there was little advantage to their present placement, and that they should be moved to join the group of dumpsters by the tracks opposite the Carberry Motor Inn, where a locked compound is to be created in the future. A letter will be sent to thank them for their interest and concern.
Around the Table
John Anderson retur­ned to a couple of his long-standing concerns: Have we any more information on the procedure by which Morden offers its citizens free Internet? Questions have been asked and answers promised, but it is high time to push again for those answers. Secondly, where are we at with fundraising for the new Rec Centre? Word from the Rec Board is that matters are progressing. Ander­son feels that we should get moving or just forget it.
CAO Jones wanted to discuss how we should progress with paving in the absence of some of the expected funding support. Several approaches were discussed, but for now the little we have to spend will not draw one of the big paving companies out here during their busy season. Perhaps we can get some small projects done later in the fall when they’re less busy, and we can see what’s available in the budget clearer.
Councillor Mac­Gregor raised the matter of the next cell in the lagoon. Where are we at?  CAO Jones will bring an update to the next meeting.
Mayor Olmstead has heard that the Forces are going to dispose of some Leopard tanks to be used as memorials or static displays. There are several strings to the gifts — transportation will not be provided by the military, for example — but the procedure for requesting and acquiring such hardware is now available. Personally, he would like to see a 105mm howitzer as used by our local 1RCHA and the local 26th Field reserve regiment, but the Leopards have connections to Shilo and this area too. Apparently there is a local committee working on this for a display at the Museum grounds, and we should wait to hear their intent and their presentation. In addition, we might look into federal funding to give our nearly century-old war memorial a cleaning.
With that, council adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

by John McNeily
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