The town council of Outlook met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday night, March 24. Present was all of council: Sharon Bruce, Bob Stephenson, Justin Turton, Kevin Grotheim, Kyle McLeod, and Ryan Husband, as well as Mayor Maureen Weiterman and Acting Administrator Rachel Sillers.
The meeting was broadcast live on the Town of Outlook’s Facebook page.
A number of topics and items were discussed, including the following highlights.
Two readings were held for Bylaw 02(2021) – A Bylaw of the Town of Outlook to Regulate the Proceedings of Municipal Council and Council’s Committees. The third reading will take place at the next council meeting.
The tender for the extensive Civic Centre renovations project officially went out on that day and will run until April 15.
Council intends on setting a meeting with Associated Engineering for April 12 in order to discuss future plans for the community, which are said to be “extensive” in nature.
Public Works Report
The first grading of all gravel roads was said to be completed.
Brunner’s Construction Ltd. out of Saskatoon will provide services to the Town, at a noted cost of $13,200 in order for valve work to be done. The job received council approval.
Interviews will be conducted soon after Public Works received numerous applications for summer staff positions.
It was said that more than 5,000,000 gallons of water had been used as per the water report from Superintendent Luke Lockhart. This was said to be a “slow month”.
It was said that the work being done inside the bowling alley located in the rink is now finished, with Acting Recreation Director Megan Anthony pointing out that Azalea Lepage did some “awesome work” and wanting to recognize her.
Swimmers will be happy to read that there are tentative plans for the pool in Outlook to open earlier than usual this year. It was said that Megan is shooting for a June 1 opening of the Van Raay & Community Swimming Pool.
Kitchen renovations at a cost of $10,000 in the Jim Kook Rec Plex were said to be needed in order to open up. The renovations were approved.
The Facebook page of the Outlook Recreation Board has officially been changed to Town of Outlook Parks and Recreation.
Change to Annual Event
It was said that the Outlook Chamber of Commerce will not be handing out the yearly Citizen of the Year award, but they will issue the Business of the Year award. The Chamber will also share hosting duties on any form of the event moving forward.
Speaking on the Spring 2021 Newsletter, Mayor Weiterman specifically pointed out that she wants everyone to be able to attend a public meeting whenever it is deemed that it is safe to hold one where everyone is able to attend.
People are being reminded to watch what goes in their trash.
Touching on a letter received from Barrich Farms on the subject of the landfill, the Town needs to know exactly what they wish for. It was said the issue is over costs related to the number of loads, which was reportedly 63 loads.
A motion was made and carried to go with MuniCode for two years as it related to Building Inspector Proposals.
It was said that the Eastside Water Pipeline Utility Draft Agreement doesn’t have to be decided now, so Council held off on any decision for right now.
Councillor Husband and Councillor Turton were named representatives at the Annual General Meeting of SAMA.
There was a lengthy discussion in the room on rates and acceleration as it goes for the Town of Outlook’s utility rates. Councillor Stephenson noted how he was “a little concerned about the jumps.”
A motion was made and carried to order office furnishings from The Source.
Council moved to in-camera discussions on land, legal, and personnel.