The Castor town council received a Castor and District Museum update from representatives Greg Laverty, Ray Marquart and John Wright during a regular meeting on April 9.
The representatives shared that the society is currently waiting for an engineer report on the two-storey train house. This report will determine what condition the building is in and what type of work will need to be completed.
“We have always had a good working relationship with the town,” spoke Museum secretary, John Wright.
The museum has been actively fundraising for the Freight Shed rebuild. Recently members have discovered some issues with the original two-storey structure and had an engineer investigate. The representatives declined to comment further until the report is received.
The Castor and District Museum currently have $177,000 and are expecting 2018 casino funds. The projected is estimated to cost $226,000, although this figure could change once the report is received.
Council granted a resident request to place an electrical trench across an alley. Town foreman, Arjan Van Hienen, had previously investigated the location and understands the request as there are many overhead lines.
Van Hienen placed stipulations the resident must follow. These include the line must be ran through a conduit, must be under any existing town lines by two feet, and the line is to be clearly marked above ground.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Sandi Jackson, suggested a policy be put in place for future requests of this nature.
Re-development incentive bylaw
Council passed a Re-Development Incentive bylaw, where old and low value residential and commercial properties are replaced with new developments, property owners can submit a written letter of application requesting the tax rebate.
The rebate shall be applied to the municipal portion of the annual tax levy only and will be granted for three tax years following the completion of construction.
Previously, the town had a similar program in place.