The town council of Outlook met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday night, May 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, Assistant Administrator Rachel Sillers, and Superintendent of Municipal Operations Luke Lockhart.
Absent was Recreation Director Jordy Jones and Public Works Coordinator Bonnie Pshyk.
A number of topics and items were discussed, including the following highlights.
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The Town has been looking into getting some new promotional items, and there has been correspondence with Economy Stationery based in Rosetown. Such items that council discussed include pens and hats that would feature the updated Town of Outlook logo and colors, and shirts are also a possibility. Quotes for mass volumes of items are set to be explored.
The Town received an application to subdivide that is related to the plans for Railway Avenue in Outlook, which include lots starting from near the Bounty Hall going east and north. It carries an application fee of $11,950. A motion was made and carried to accept it.
On the topic of the Western Canada Cemetery Association Membership Application, which was tabled at the last meeting because of Councillor Childerhose’s absence and the thought that he may know more about it, he noted that he had no information on it, and therefore, council decided not to become members.
A motion was made and carried to pass the newly revised draft of the Civic Centre contract.
A motion was made and carried to purchase an AED machine (Automated External Defibrillator) for the new swimming pool facility and explore funding options for it.
A motion was made and carried to purchase a wired debit/credit machine for the pool, as well as open a separate bank account for all pool transactions.
Council accepted Rec Director Jones’ recommendations for the admission rates for the pool.
July 1 celebrations are going to be largely centered around the pool, with the festivities taking place at the location by the Rec Plex. Council spoke of hosting a BBQ and a ‘toonie swim’ promotion for the day. As well, council will look into procuring bouncy castles and other activities, as well as the traditional fireworks display. As for the possibility of a parade, Councillor Grotheim said he may speak with the Chamber of Commerce on putting one together.
There was good feedback on the recent work done by Davidson-based C4 Outdoors on the dust control application on McKenzie Street North, and the job also managed to come in under budget.
Brunner’s Construction out of Saskatoon will be doing their contracted sewer line work in Outlook starting on May 28, and residents can expect to be redirected through a detour while the work is being performed.
A motion was made and carried to remove a tree at 6 Maple Street in Outlook that could affect the property’s fence and home.
The topic of road naming was moved to the Planning and Development Committee.
Councillor Smith asked to be removed from the Protection Committee, and a motion was made and carried for her to resign. Councillor Grotheim filled the vacancy in her absence.
Council elected to give $100 in funding to the Brock Myrol Memorial Golf Tournament following a request that was made.
The opening of the pool was discussed, as there have been many inquiries from the public. The Town says that mid-June is being eyed as a possibility. Sod was recently installed on the site, and council also accepted a design from Riverbend Co-op for the slide tower. Parking was one of the last things that council said needs to be addressed.
Councillor Applin described a troubling incident that occurred on the previous Friday night in which a home in her neighborhood was burning wood on the ground without a fire pit – a highly dangerous activity while the ultra-dry conditions in the province have led to many open fire bans in communities. Council will have the Bylaw Enforcement Officer look into the incident, and in the meantime, it has put another spotlight on the Town needing to retool and revise its bylaws to do with fire pits.
Council entered into in-camera discussions after moving the correspondence. The in-camera session included the following topics:
- Rudy Landing
- Legal – Lot 30, Block 5, Plan 68S24685
- Regional Park Lease
- Village of Broderick & Village of Glenside Garbage Pickup Agreement
- Fire Hall
- Suite 4 Renovation – Cost sharing
- Personnel – Landfill Operator
- Personnel – Summer Staff