Siemens denied correction in minutes

The request to  Morrin village council by resident, John Siemens dated Nov. 28. 2016 was dealt with by council at the March 15, 2017 meeting. The request was to correct the minutes in the Oct. 19 meeting to “reflect the truth” stated a Statutory Declaration from John Siemens.
Siemens asked that it reflect the comments made by a Grayson Excavating employee that there was a belly in his sewer line on town property that they removed and it was full of toilet paper, consistent with Siemens plumber’s email to the village office on Nov. 13, 2015.
Deputy Mayor David MacLeod denied that there was any such thing in the report from Grayson Excavating.
“Grayson Excavating did not give the Village of Morrin any documents for the water and sewer replacement at 202 – 1st Ave. North,” stated Deputy Mayor David MacLeod.
However, Oct. 19 minutes state “On October 5, 2016 the Engineer report stated that the water main was installed in front of 202 – 1st Ave. North.
“The sanitary sewer service was disconnected to facilitate the water main installation. The services was reconnected with the same grade prior to disconnecting. Grayson’s employee stated that the home owner came out claiming his sanitary sewer worked again. Grayson’s employee told the resident they didn’t do anything except install the water main.”
Council denied the request to change the minutes.
In a further action, Siemens requested that the October minutes reflect the truth involving the “Morrin Freedom of Information” Facebook site.
Council agreed to change the wording in the minutes from “his website” to “a website” as Siemen’s declared in a Statutory Declaration that he and his wife, ‘never asked for, operated, managed or owned under their names, or any other name, the Facebook site’.
Council approved the changes in the Out in the Cold animal rescue contract. Coun. David MacLeod had removed himself from the room during this discussion however there was no discussion.
Council approved a development application by Chris Hall for an addition to his home.
“I don’t have a problem if he’s meeting all setbacks.” said MacLeod.
The application will now go to the Palliser Planning Commission for their approval.
Filling pot holes and lighting in the council chambers were the only two items raised under council concerns.
Mayor Lacher reported on several meetings she had attended. Couns. Al Bremer and David MacLeod had nothing to report to council.
Following a half hour in camera session titled ‘legal’, no motions were made.
After adjournment, council informed Siemens that council would not deal with his appeal for a FIOPP request.
Siemens had paid his $25 fee for a FOIPP application for copies including lawyer invoices in 2016 but then was told he had to pay $55 for one page and $1 per additional page amounting to  $150 which then was again changed to $160.
“Annette is our FIOPP co-ordinator, she handles all requests and appeals,” said MacLeod.
According to Siemens, once the appeal is denied it can then go back to the Privacy Commissioner.
“Our by-law is legal,and it stands,” stated Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Plachner.
“The bylaw is legal, yes,” stated Siemens “but you cannot go above the FOIPP regulations when I’ve paid my $25.
“Yes, you can,” stated Plachner.
Siemens followed up with reading the portion of the FOIPP regulation that does not permit charges between $25 and $150 until such time the work involved goes over the $150.
Siemens had paid the initial $25 but CAO Plachner came back asking for $150, then when the FOIPP regulation was pointed out to the CAO, the bill then became $160.
“I’m trying to resolve something very simple here,” stated Siemens.
“Every time you [CAO] don’t follow the rules, is when I go to the FOIPP Commissioner,” said Siemens when he was accused by the CAO of “always going to the commissioner anyways”.
CAO Plachner then went on to say “How can I give you documents that don’t exist?”
When questioned regarding lawyers fees, Plachner responded, “He did our consulting free of charge because he is our lawyer,” adding “it is none of your business.”
“The rules are very straight forward,” stated Siemens. You can have a by-law, if it’s under $150 the charge is $25, if it’s over $150 I have to pay whatever the hours of work amounts to but if it’s under $150, then I’ve paid my $25 bucks, I don’t have to pay anymore.
Siemens asked the mayor to phone the privacy commissioner herself and save a lot of trouble.
A request by the reporter for the Financial Statements and Public Works report was again denied.
When asked if there was a reason, the response from the CAO  was “No.”

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