Outlook Town Council News & Notes - March 11

The town council of Outlook held a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday night, March 11.  Present was all of council; Donna Smith, Kevin Grotheim, Kyle McLeod, Maureen Applin, Floyd Childerhose, and David Simonson, as well as Mayor Ross Derdall, Administrator Huguette Lutz, and Public Works Manager Bonnie Pshyk.

Absent was Assistant Administrator Rachel Sillers and Superintendent of Municipal Operations Luke Lockhart.

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

Delegations

Jonathan Peters appeared as a delegate to speak to council.  The discussion was held in-camera.

Bylaws

Bylaw No. 13(2019) – A Bylaw of the Town of Outlook to Regulate the Commercial Use of Single Use Plastic Bags was officially tabled to another meeting, but there was still some discussion on it.  Councillor Applin wondered if the Town would be stepping into troubled waters and “creating a bigger problem” if they decide to ban one plastic and people end up choosing bags made of tougher and more durable material “that doesn’t decompose” either.  Applin believes that some more insight and perspective may be needed on the matter.

“Otherwise, what are we really gaining here?” she asked the room.

Bylaw No. 19(2019) – A Bylaw for the Licensing, Regulating of Food Trucks was also tabled to another meeting in order for the language in the bylaw to be changed.

Communications (formerly Correspondence)

Council carried to support the PARTY program to be held at the Outlook Civic Centre.

A motion was made to allow for two from council to attend to SEDA conference (Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance).

Meeting minutes were accepted from the Waterwolf District Planning Commission.

A motion was made to provide the Jim Kook Rec Plex for rental at a discounted price of $500 for a memorial hockey tournament.  (Note: this event was cancelled in the days following the council meeting)

Council carried to move forward in its support of the Stay ‘n’ Play initiative being offered by the Outlook & District Regional Park in partnership with the Riverview Golf Course and the Van Raay & Community Swimming Pool.  The promotion is being run on the weekends of June 12-14, July 17-19, and August 14-16 and will include three nights stay in the park, green fees with power cart rental at the golf course, and a 1-day family pass to the swimming pool.

A motion was made and carried to support the Learn to Play event at the Rec Plex by supplying the facility.  It was noted that the success of previous years had led to the formation of local girls’ hockey teams.

Unfinished Business (Old Business)

Regarding the lease agreement between the Town and the Outlook & District Regional Park Authority, clarification is going to sought in relation to who would be paying for certain waste removal and the matter will be brought back to the next council meeting with changes made to the agreement.

No one has bid on work related to 301 McKenzie Street North and council believes it may have been a timing issue.  A motion was made and carried to tender it out until the end of March.

A Planning and Development meeting is set to be held to discuss options regarding zoning as it relates to cannabis.

A motion was made and carried to go ahead with an organizational review of the Town of Outlook.  Council opted to go with People First HR Services for the organizational review.  Their quote is for $7,250 to $9,000, depending on the amount of time they need to spend.

A motion was made and carried to move forward on purchasing a wired security system for the Van Raay & Community Swimming Pool at an approximate cost of $899 plus applicable taxes.

New Business

A motion was made and carried to approve a landfill request from Outlook Rentals.

Approximately $22,490 was transferred to the Doctor Clinic Fund.

Council moved to charge $630 for a recent funeral held at the Jim Kook Rec Plex.

Council moved into in-camera talks, which featured the following agenda:

  • Land (Land Rental, Proposal)
  • Legal (Joint Health Committee Agreements 1 & 2)
  • Personnel (Recreation Director, Rec Plex Kitchen Staff)
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