Outlook Town Council News & Notes - August 22

The town council of Outlook met for a scheduled meeting on Wednesday night, August 22.  Present was all of council; Donna Smith, Kevin Grotheim, Kyle McLeod, Maureen Applin, Floyd Childerhose and David Simonson, as well as Mayor Ross Derdall, new Administrator Tina Douglas, Rachel Sillers & Sylvia Klotz of the Town of Outlook, Superintendent of Municipal Operations Randy Antoniuk, and Recreation Director Jordy Jones.

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A number of topics and items were discussed, including the following highlights:

  • New Administrator Tina Douglas was welcomed by council.  Douglas said she had had key meetings in the office and that she was “very impressed” by everyone and is looking forward to a great working relationship, enjoying her first three days into the position and saying that she is very excited about being here.
  • Under her recommendation, Douglas made the proposal that effective September 1, Sillers would become the new Assistant Administrator for the Town, while Klotz would become the Assistant Administrator for the RM of Rudy.
  • Due to a growing number of bill payments that were owed, the Town shut off water to a large number of homes until payments were made or the situations were remedied.
  • The Town is moving forward on a punch card program out at the landfill that may be of interest to those who do consistent dumping out at the facility.
  • In the Recreation Director’s report, Jones noted that the recent Communities in Bloom tour went “awesome” and that officials had some good comments about Outlook and made some helpful suggestions for the future.
  • The Kinsmen Park summer program has been great this year, with good attendance and kids/families having lots of fun.
  • The Outlook Regional Park recently welcomed five new board members.
  • A new heater for the Outlook Civic Centre was said to be coming by the end of September.
  • Douglas was officially appointed Administrator, and she and councillor Grotheim were granted signing authority.
  • On the topic of the new swimming pool, it was said that the Co-op would like to sponsor the tower by supplying all the materials.  There was a little bit of concern over possible signage obscuring views, but discussions will continue.
  • The Town authorized and carried a motion to pay a deposit for landscaping at the new pool site.
  • Superintendent Antoniuk mentioned that the rented traffic counters that had been installed at both entrances into Outlook in order to gather data had tracked 50,000 vehicles per month.
  • Council then went in-camera to discuss a number of other items.
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