Monthly camping rates at Coronation Dam settled

Written by Terri Huxley

Coronation council, at their latest meeting held Mon. June 21, officially established the monthly rate for avid campers of the Coronation Dam.

After discussion and some comparison research it was decided to set the long-term full-service rate to $900 and long-term non-serviced rate as $500 with access to the shower house.

This research included conversions with a local business campground after it was pointed out by council this could affect their business and possibly cause issues with usage.

That has since been resolved as they work to ensure their success by choosing to increase the suggested campground rates to not compete with them.

“By placing our rate higher than that of our local business, would help to ensure the survivability. Further providing a continued working relationship with our local business,” stated Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Quinton Flint.

The local business will also be included in the Stay and Play program to help ensure they have the same benefit of the regional PEPS program.

Property proposal

Robin Cole recently expressed an interest in purchasing the property known as 4620 Alexander Ave. for the development of a perennial’s fruits and vegetable garden business.

The current requested price of the lot is $5,000 with a parcel size of approximately 9609 sq. ft.

The lot has been for sale for many years with very few inquiries.

The current zoning is residential so it would not be a permitted location for a commercial building or development to this nature under that classification but could be changed if council wished.

The current location would also not permit the development of an accessory building without a permanent primary structure.

Council agreed to send letters and speak with neighbours before jumping to change the classification at this time as they wished to hear what people have to say about a business like this in that location, noting it is a low spot where water often sits during a wet year.

Some councillors added it was a great idea for the community.

COVID-19 tax deferral 

With the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, administration was requested by council to provide them with the option to defer the 2021 Municipal Taxes for the 2021 year.

Council chose to provide a tax penalty exemption on overdue taxes until August 31, a month later than first decided upon.

The municipality has noticed that more than regular, some residents are not keeping up with utility bills and tax notices. The influx has been larger in average from recent years.

Diana Lane

In the 2021 Operating Budget, council identified one main project for the 2021 year is to get Diana Lane repaired.

Over the years, the gravel and the road have deteriorated and are starting to cause issues including erosion and becoming soft on the edges.

The second issue is the vegetation growth on the edge of the road which has caused it to become narrow. 

Thirdly, the road is washing out more each year from the saturation of runoff water.

In 2020, council approved the use of Municipal Stimulus Program (MSP) grant funding of $111,000 to rebuild the Diana Lane Road and then, if required, other grants to continue.

The goal was to complete the road from Municipal Road to the second corner on Diana Lane to ensure the integrity of the road is saved.

As per the May and June regular council meetings the current proposal provided to the council is to rehabilitate Diana Lane within this year.

The current proposal for the Diana Lane rehabilitation is for $35,000; $17,500 for equipment and road work and up to $17,500 estimated for gravel aggregates.

This project would also include the collection of clay from the Coronation Dam, as was done in the 2020 year.

Council passed a motion to award the contract to League Project for $17.500 and a second motion for the purchase of $17,500 in sand and gravel from Filipenko Bros Construction out of Castor.

Animal control bylaw

Council requested Brown Lee LLP to take a look at the animal control bylaw and have recently gotten some comments back on their proposed changes and where it currently sits.

The letter outlines the next steps in proceeding with the Animal Control Bylaw as well as the lawyer itemized recommendations for each section of the new bylaw.

The bylaw has been updated to include a more detailed understanding of the powers of a peace officer.

One major change has been the reclassification of what is considered a dangerous dog. This will be identified by the Declaration of Aggressive Dog.

At this time, the town will be working with the Village of Consort and the Village of Carbon and possibly a few other municipalities to cover the costs of the lawyer’s fees to prepare documents, letters and municipal tags.

Municipal Government Act (MGA) court orders will also be used moving forward to enforce all requirements of the animal control bylaw.

This section will be used to enforce the removal or seizing of all animals on private property.

Council requested more information related to the classification of kennels and boarding of dogs, and breeding of dogs.

Dog kennels and breeding can be considered a business and would require a business license for those who wish to build a small business.

After a discussion with the municipal lawyer, it was recommended to include these items into the Land Use Bylaw as they fall more within the permitted uses under the land zoning.

Service dogs fall under the provincial legislation and are to be licensed as per the provincial regulation, and as such, do not need to be included into a municipal bylaw.

The bylaw does outline a small indication of this but ultimately these guidelines would be enforced at the provincial level.

Council highlighted a possible issue with dictating how many pets an owner can have, noting some people already have at least four dogs and/or cats while the limit states three.

Council agreed to grandfather any pets currently owned by residents but were firm with four cats and dogs as the limit moving forward.

First, second and third readings were carried to enact the bylaw.

One-ton truck issues

As of June 17, the one-ton truck is out of use due to the safety of the equipment and the issues that have arisen.

The truck currently requires a motor rebuild and new fuel pump, transmission and throttle.

Administration will be working with the local mechanics to provide the municipality with a quote to have the truck repaired.

CAO Flint recommended council accept this as information until more quotes from local shops can be acquired.

Administration will also be providing a quote for the purchase of a new or used truck to replace the current one.

He added that an estimate will be around $8,000, on top of the $4,500 in parts and labour applied last year.

Dep. Mayor Mark Stannard shared he believes after a quick inspection himself that most of the issues are likely stemming from a faulty injection pump.

The truck must be fixed or replaced by October when the snow starts to fly as it is used for a few different reasons such as sanding and steaming.

Council accepted this as information for now until quotes are obtained.

Remuneration policy, bylaw

Council took another look at a revised version of the reconciliation policy and bylaw which mainly oversees councillor compensation.

The policy was first up which council agreed to approve as presented after adjustments were suggested at previous meetings.

The inclusion of online meetings was a request from council to add into the policy and the bylaw, as some members of council felt that there should be a section to allow those who work during the day to be compensated for their time.

Appointed members at Large were also incorporated into both documents.

The bylaw, however, only passed first reading to ‘get the ball rolling’ where it can be finalized in November after the new council is elected and reviews them following elections in mid-October.

 

Terri Huxley

ECA Review

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