CAO Kulyk has been gathering quotes on the cost of installing generator switches to the Community Hall, Lions Rec Centre and the Town Office.
Research is also being done on the cost of purchasing standby diesel generators for all sites. The total cost for the switches and generators would be approximately $100,000.
CAO Kulyk will be acquiring information on grants that may help contribute financially to the project.
Six calls dealing with cats were handled by Bylaw Enforcement Officer Sheri Wuzinski in the month of March and this lead to the discussion whether Coronation was doing all they could to help.
Council wondered if it is just one problem cat or is there in fact many feral cats in the area.
Most of the councillors have encountered feral cats and are aware that some concerned, soft hearted residents are feeding the cats and providing them with warm shelter over the winter months.
The town provides skunk traps so that residents can humanely trap cats that are being a nuisance on their property but then it is the responsibility of the person to deal with the cat once it has been trapped. Decisions then must be made of what to do with the cat.
“Is there a rescue place we can invite in to get some of these cats?” queried Councillor Vickey Horkoff.
Chief Administrative Officer(CAO) Sandra Kulyk said she will ask Wuzinski if she has any ideas of societies that would be willing to help and Coun. Horkoff will investigate as well.
Rental of vacant lot
Action Plumbing and Excavating is looking for temporary storage for construction materials while they work on the Shirley McClellan Regional Water Commission Brownfield Water Line Extension from mid-April to early July.
Council has agreed to rent them the vacant lot at 4502 Railway Avenue for the sum of $500 with the stipulation they keep the storage area clean, keep the roads free of mud and repair any ruts they may make.
With spring comes the noticeable presence of potholes and Coun. Brett Alderdice pointed out a couple of the more larger ones.
The plan is to repair these when things dry up but, in the meantime, CAO Kulyk will ask public works if there is a temporary solution.
RCMP policing priorities
Sgt. Darcy McGunigal from the Coronation RCMP detachment presented council with the policing priorities report for 2017/2018 and gave an outlook on what the priorities will be for 2018/2019.
The RCMP are part of a Federal Agency, so the new year began April 1.
The priorities for the past year have been traffic safety, property crime reduction and substance abuse.
In January, February and March of 2018 there were 125 traffic violations handed out with the year-end total being 406. This compares to 281 violations being handed out in the 2016/2017 year.
The RCMP are continuing to see a decrease in property crime. There were 10 incidents in the past three months. In the 2016/2017 year there were 132 breaks and enters and thefts and 88 in the 2017/2018 year.
“I am very very pleased to see that trend particularly when we look across the province and we see some more troubling trends when it comes to property crimes on the rise,” stated Sgt. McGunigal.
The detachment made two arrests in the past year on drug related offenses and two in the previous year.
Drug investigations are often complex, take longer to conduct so there are not as many as say traffic violations which can be done routinely.
The three previous priorities with continue with the inclusion of two new priorities that all divisions in Alberta will be implementing.
These include the Habitual Offender Management Plan which Coronation has already introduced back in 2014 and the Employment Wellness component that will focus on health, wellness and morale in the workplace.
Public consultation, input from municipalities in the area, personnel that work at the detachment, district office, and provincial government all play a part in determining what are important priorities in the policing of our communities.
McGunigal was pleased to inform council that he is optimistic that construction will begin on the new detachment within a year and a realistic expectation would be that the RCMP will be operating out of the building within two to three years.