Messy yard bylaw ‘a little lean’

Rick Lindgren appeared before council at teh regular Jan. 16 village meeting listing five issues including the messy yards that are not only a rodent issue but also a safety and fire hazard.  He also raised the issue of derelict vehicles and empty houses.

Helton explained, “It’s a little lean” referring to the bylaw for addressing messy yards.

Lindgren also questioned what was happening with the website.

“When will that come around? I haven’t seen the minutes,” said Lindgren. “Same with the Financial Statements.”

Lindgren commented on the potential retirement payout issue stating “Industry standard is one week pay for each year worked, some pay nothing. We can’t afford that, we have too much other things that need doing.”

He raised the issue of a water main break that caused some residents including Lindgren to be out of water for seven days during the Christmas season as a problem.

“Anytime is bad, but at Christmas time, that’s really bad. I don’t think seven days is reasonable. Is there not an emergency procedure in place?” asked Lindgren.

Mayor Helton explained the website and “[water break] is in the hands of the CAO and public works as council only deals with policy, not day-to-day operations”.

However, he added, “I’d asked for a report for this meeting so that we could analyze it and make recommendations [to our policy] going forward but we did not receive it in time for council to digest.”

CAO Plachner read the timeline and issues dealt with at the time of the water break including dealing with Alberta Environment, One Call and her attempts to find a contractor during the holidays.

Discussion also lead to the fact that the water lines were not replaced prior to the new pavement project.

“We haven’t identified the reason for the break so [when that information is made available to council], we can get on top of it,” said Helton.

Grant request
Coun. Edwards wondered if the annual grant request from the Community Hall Board should be increased from the $500.

“I was thinking $700,” said Coun. Edwards when asked, stating they have kept upkeep of the hall in really good shape.

Plachner then confirmed that there was $200 available in the budget for the increase.

The motion was passed unanimously for $700 with Coun. Edwards declaring conflict and did not vote.

Regional Emergency Management appointments
Council motioned to appoint Coun. Edwards as the council member on the Regional Emergency Management with Coun. Graham as an alternate.

Both councillors will take the course that is required.

Tabled agenda items
Two items on the Wed. Jan. 16 agenda, Glen Riep for discussion on the generator/fire pump water plant and OH&S Policies, were tabled as no reports were forthcoming to councillors prior to the meeting.

J. Webster
ECA Review

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