Morrin sticks with ‘no sea-cans on residential lots’

Written by Stu Salkeld

Morrin village council will stick with its “no sea-cans on residential lots” rule after a discussion at the regular council meeting Jan. 20. 

The meeting was held via teleconference to meet pandemic rules.

The item of sea-cans on residential properties, large metal freight containers often used as storage facilities after they’ve been decommissioned, was on the agenda.

Village Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Annette Plachner reported that the village received a request from a resident to place a sea-can on their residential property for storage purposes.

The request, stated Plachner, was turned down because the village’s Land-Use Bylaw prohibits sea-cans on residential lots.

However, that applicant pointed out two other residents are using sea-cans for storage on their residential lots. 

Plachner stated she did some research into other municipalities allowing sea-cans on residential lots and could find none which allowed them.

Official Administrator (OA) Harold Johnsrude asked Plachner how she planned to handle the non-compliance with the LUB. 

Plachner responded she planned to send letters to the residents who have sea-cans on their residential lots and request that the sea cans be removed, “which should have been done a long time ago,” said Plachner.

Johnsrude moved and passed a motion that the village will not change the LUB bylaw to allow sea cans on residential property.

Office security

The item of office security returned to the council meeting from a previous agenda. 

Johnsrude noted that a motion was passed in December 2019 to install security cameras for the village office and Public Works shop with the monitoring station in the village office.

Johnsrude noted the motion was made to address the CAO’s safety, and one quote was received for about $1,100.

Johnsrude asked if 24 hour per day monitoring would be required.

Plachner stated she recommended the village proceed with installing the cameras and review at a later date the option of 24-7 monitoring.

It was noted there is an alarm system at the water plant that could be hooked into a new security system.

Johnsrude moved and passed a motion that the village not proceed with the single quote, and instead have the CAO come back to a future council meeting with a plan for security options.

Destruction of documents

The item of “destruction of documents bylaw” was on the agenda, and Johnsrude noted a previous council requested a list of documents apparently destroyed by village staff between 1970 and 1980.

Johnsrude stated it would be very difficult for staff to list documents destroyed when it’s impossible to determine which documents were destroyed.

The OA noted the Municipal Government Act contains rules for destruction of documents which is routinely done by many municipalities.

The OA moved and passed a motion that the CAO would no longer be required to provide a list of the destroyed documents mentioned above.


Johnsrude heard a report from Plachner about Municipal Accountability Report outstanding items. 

Plachner listed several items at the Village of Morrin that had previously been flagged in a provincial accountability report that are still outstanding, including a code of conduct bylaw, procedural bylaw, bylaw enforcement bylaw and others.

Johnsrude moved and passed a motion that the CAO provide a timeline at the February council meeting when these issues will be addressed.


Stu Salkeld, Local journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.