At a regular meeting on July 4, Coun. Elaine Fossen motioned to relocate the recycling bins to an area near the riding arena at a cost that would not exceed $15,000 from the garbage reserve and legacy fund.
The motion was defeated and a second motion was brought forward by Coun. Dwayne Giroux directing administration to find three options for fencing and or greenery to screen the area from Devonian park and bring the quotes back to council at a future meeting.
In the meantime, Flagstaff Waste Management will be requested to position the bins parallel to the railway at the back of the lot before August long weekend.
Flagstaff Waste reported that plastics recycling will be suspended as of Aug 1, 2019 until markets improve or an alternate market is discovered.
Flagstaff Waste will be trying to educate the public during this time about the problems of contamination, excess packaging and the impact that consumer buying decisions can have on consumer decisions.
The free, ‘If in Doubt’ bins will be available until Oct 1, 2019, once the plastic recycling bins are removed to help deter the contamination of plastics with the other recycle bins that will remain.
After Oct. 1, individual municipalities will have the option to continue with the ‘If in Doubt’ bins at their own expense.
A sidewalk condition assessment was prepared by SafeSidewalks Canada and accepted by council to provide further direction to develop a sidewalk repair and replacement policy.
This month, approximately $6,000 to $7,000 of the operating budget was used to grind and saw portions of the sidewalk along 50 Street that were found to be tripping hazards.
Public works reported that they are busy trying to get the road finished beside the new subdivision on the west side of the village.
A water line in the new subdivision has been put into service and the moving of clay fill into the area is progressing.
Village council decided not to provide a $400 to $900 per year sponsorship as requested by the Forestburg Arena Association due to the funds already provided to the arena.
The village currently budgets over $158,000 to support the multi-purpose facility and the Forestburg Arena Association.