Draft fire bylaws presented

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Council was provided with draft bylaw for the prevention and control of fires to replace Bylaw 647-16, at their regular meeting on Tues. Sept. 5.
The following was added to clause 7.7 for clarification: “All County of Paintearth fires will be invoiced. The first $1,000 of firefighting costs will be covered by the County of Paintearth, unless the fire has contravened Bylaw 654-17.”
The bylaw will be placed on an upcoming council agenda for First Reading once councillors have time to address any concerns, along with Bylaw 655-17 Fire Ban changes that read the same as the Fire Permit Bylaw.

Fees for vegetation management
Council approved the recommended costs for vegetation management costs for spraying and weed picking; Private land spraying and industry spraying – $50./hr plus the cost of chemical per litre applied at cost plus taxes; and weed picking – $35/hr. plus tax.

Speed limit

Paintearth County councillors motioned to set the speed limit on the paved road off of SH 855 to Halkirk be set at 70km/hr, then down to 50km/hr at the transfer station to the entrance of Halkirk, at their regular council meeting on Tues. Sept. 5.
The request was made by the Village of Halkirk as they were having problems with speeding in the village.
There is a concern with vehicles entering the village from the west entrance road coming off a highway speed zone and onto a paved road and accelerating back up to highway speed.
They asked for Council’s consideration to post a speed zone of 70 km per hour on the west entrance road from SH 855 to the village boundary.

Brownfield waterline
To date approximately 10-15 residents have indicated their interest in hooking-up to the Shirley McClellan Regional Water Services Commission waterline from Coronation to Brownfield.
Council received a site map of the area.
Discussion took place on building a shop for the waterline and to meet the needs of public works in Brownfield.
At this time the specifications for a building have not been determined but council motioned that administration work with the Shirley McLellan Regional Water Services Commission to build a three-bay public works shop and a one-bay water services shop in Brownfield.

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