Jordan MacNutt took her oath of office and was sworn in by Chief Administrative Officer, Mark Nikota at the June 8 regular Delia Village council meeting folllowing a by-election on May 16. Jordan received 38 votes over Irene Arnold who garnered 30 votes in a 39 per cent voter turnout.
“We are happy to see some younger people taking an interest in doing this work for the village and the council and Jordan is here almost all the time at our meetings,” said Mayor Dawn Bancroft.
A delegation from the Highland Market Shareholders, who own the Delia General Store, appeared before council to make council aware that “if our little general store had never received a liquor license we would be excited to have a retail liquor , unfortunately, a retail liquor store opening up in the village, will supersede the ‘general merchants’ liquor license therefore the license for the local general store will not be renewed at the time of the annual renewal which in this case, falls in March,” said shareholder chair, Roxie Reed.
The group explained that since April when they began selling liquor, the overall sales picked up and although they can’t definitely attribute it to having alcohol to sell, but they had been running a deficit and they were now hoping to maybe start breaking even.
They recognize that they may be putting the council between a rock and a hard place when it comes time to approving a business license for the new liquor store.
CAO Nikota explained he researched the bylaws and determined that the new liquor retail store met all land-use bylaws because it is being established in a building already in use in the business zone.
He stated the business needs to get all the necessary approvals for fire, plumbing, electrical, etc. from Palliser Planning Commission but if they meet all their requirements, there is nothing stopping the village office from providing a business’s license.
“We bought the store for the good of the village, stated one co-owner, “noting that neither will succeed. It seriously affects us going forward.”
“It puts us in an awkward situation,” said Mayor Bancroft. “When we are really starting to turn the corner, considering where we were at, and move in a good direction. Tough for us to start picking and choosing businesses that can come into town.”
I also want to make sure that any decision that we make is a sound decision.”
I would really like to have a bit more time for council to talk about this and just see where we think we are at before we make some kind of decision,” concluded Bancroft.
Council will consider calling a Special Meeting towards the end of June after council thinks about it regarding what, if we have any recourse, if we have any grounds to stand on.
In other business, CAO Nikota reported receiving the 2015 and 2016 MSI grant from the provincial for $219,323 which has been applied to the demand loan due Dec. 2017, leaving the village owing $11,204.
Council agreed to contract out the water and wastewater compliance issues with Alberta Environment. Policy and procedures and complying with the deficiency in a number of areas is top priority for the village.
Council motioned to donate $4000 from the sale of surplus equipment to the Delia Ag Society to enable them to purchase a mower that the Communities in Bloom committee can use for use in Cenotaph Park, as the village will no longer be lending out their equipment to the public.