Recreation Director Barry Brigley noted some issues with the Coronation Curling Rink to begin the Town Council meeting on Monday, December 2.
Brigley began by noting that a problem with the lights in the arena would be looked with the assistance of scaffolds on Tuesday, December 3, after noticing that some weren’t working correctly. Also noted was the exterior south door to the Curling Rink needs replacing, after numerous attempts to fix it were unsuccessful. Pricing for a frame and double door came in at an estimated cost of $2000 and would be much more secure.
Brigley mentioned Dafoe’s was interested in renting the arena kitchen year round, ‘more or less’ to store their equipment.
“The arena board was okay with it, they just want me to pass it by you guys,” he said, adding that other groups who traditionally use the kitchen – such as 4H and the Fair – would be able to use it in the summertime without issue. Council generally agreed that there was no issue with this.
Brigley noted that discussions were held surrounding the adoption of a cleaning deposit for the curling rink in the summertime.
“Most of the time it’s clubs that aren’t paying for [it’s use in summer],” said Brigley. “I’m thinking of having just a checklist and a walk-through with some of them, before and after… and have them put down a $500 cleaning deposit.” Brigley noted that the Coronation Arena has this procedure in place at present.
The BMX track was discussed, as Brigley and council alike felt it to be an eyesore and hazard. It was discussed that it was rarely used and that aspects of the park, such as dirt and cement pad underneath, could be put to better use with different intentions. Some ideas for the pad were as an area to park trailers during fairs or put a basketball hoop on it to act as a court.
Barry also noted that Coronation had applied to host the Midget Provincials in March, and would find out on December 15 whether or not they would be successful in their bid.
Public Works report
Allan Smith, Public Works Foreman discussed the new subdivision construction south of the Petro Canada station off Railway Avenue, noting that things were going well and efforts were looking positive to be on time.
Also noted by Smith was that use of recycled sand for streets was going well. He noted that the price was cheap for use, and that there was a remaining reserve of around three months still in storage.
Draft Aesthetics Policy
CAO Sandra Kulyk mentioned that, in drafting policy concerning state of repair and replacement of flags, she came across policies in other municipalities that dealt with aesthetics more broadly. Kulyk thus provided the Town of Coronation Aesthetics Policy for approval.
The policy made comment on repainting, fixing and minor beautification needs as well as flag replacement, change and half-masting procedure. It was generally agreed that having a policy that spoke to a broad range of aesthetic principals was agreeable and a motion to accept policy was approved.
Salary and wage grid
A grid was presented to council that outlined wages for full time staff for the Town of Coronation, along with a summary of cost of living. The grid, working in 10 increments, was intended as a guideline for raises across a 10 year period, save for circumstances such as individuals being hired with heightened experience.
“A few years ago we went through the grid and evaluated it position by position to compare to other municipalities of the same size and type,” she said. “basically we set the grid so that we were on par.”
Due to the cost of living in Alberta being raised by one per cent, the grid was matched to this percentage to ensure living costs were met. Each grid step would be a three per cent increase, so effectively maximum a four per cent increase in salary this year. It was agreed upon that this grid chart would be accepted.
Family Care Clinic update
The Family Care Clinic (FCC) group was discussed, as Council was tasked with appointing a representing member to the board. It was noted that Dawna Elliott had stepped down as chairperson and nobody had offered to replace her, therefore a draft of a letter of commitment had not been established.
The letter was not drafted largely due to concerns of a lack of knowledge, expertise or time to create a viable business plan.
Council acknowledged that FCC meetings take place during the day, which would impede many members of Council from attending regularly. Also discussed was the idea that if a Family Care Clinic were to arrive in Coronation, the FCC group would see it’s responsibilities increase. In the event that the Clinic were to be situated in the Town, it was mentioned that topics of discussion would include retaining Physicians willing to work a demanding schedule and outlining community needs that weren’t previously met by the hospital.
Ultimately Shelley Cook agreed to be the Council representative on the FCC, with Liz Adams as alternate.