Outlook Town Council News & Notes - November 13

The town council of Outlook held their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday night, November 13.  Present was all of council; Donna Smith, Kevin Grotheim, Kyle McLeod, Maureen Applin, Floyd Childerhose, and David Simonson, as well as Administrator Huguette Lutz and Assistant Administrator Rachel Sillers.

Absent was Mayor Ross Derdall, Superintendent of Municipal Operations Luke Lockhart, Public Works Coordinator Bonnie Pshyk, and Recreation Director Jordy Jones.  As a result of Derdall’s absence, Councillor Simonson stepped into his duties as Deputy Mayor.

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

Delegations

Doreen Bell was present on behalf of the Outlook & District Heritage Museum.  Bell noted that the museum would like to explore hiring someone for tourism purposes as she felt that attracting tourists is an area in which there’s room for significant improvement.

She also noted a number of issues at the museum including not having internet, which makes it difficult to conduct certain parts of business such as filling out online applications for grant funding.  As well, Doreen asked that the persistent problem of snow being moved towards the museum and Bounty Hall grounds be taken care of, which Deputy Mayor Simonson said would be addressed as of that moment.

Russel Larson was another delegate present, and he shared concerns with the Town rerouting traffic down Christie Street in a letter that he had submitted.  Council agreed with his concerns and said that they were glad Larson had brought them forward.

Old Business

A motion was made and carried to accept the Municipal Fire Agreements.

A motion was made and carried to have ceiling repairs done in the town offices building.  The issues stemmed from water damage from when the roof of the building used to leak.

Public Works/Transportation

The Village of Hawarden has requested access to the town landfill in order to dump several loads as the village is decommissioning their own facility.  There was discussion in the room of whether granting the request would open a proverbial can of worms, with Councillor McLeod speculating that “If we let one in, we let them ALL in.”

The request from Hawarden was tabled for the time being as the Town gathers more information.

A motion was made and carried for the Town to pay for camera-ing work that was done in front of a restaurant on Saskatchewan Avenue in relation to the recent sewer line work done on that block.

The time clock in the town shop is broken and may not be able to be fixed.  A motion was made and carried to allow up to $700 in order to purchase a replacement one for the time being, and an investigation will be done to find out what happened to the clock.

Loraas Bins Arrival

A motion was made and carried to have the Loraas residential carts delivered to Outlook between December 19-20 if not sooner.  It was said that it’d be much better for people to have the bins prior to the holidays.

New Business

Bylaw 12 (2019) – A Bylaw to Regulate Traffic Within Town Limits had two readings, while the third will take place at the next council meeting.

There was discussion on Bylaw 17 (2019) – A Bylaw to Fix the Rates to be Charged for the Collection, Removal, and Disposal of Solid Wastes or Other Refuse, and Recycling Materials in the Town of Outlook, including possibly removing the words ‘Solid Wastes or Other Refuse’ and whether there should be community input on a proposed two-bag-per-household garbage limit, and how the Town can go about enforcing such a limit.  Further discussion was tabled to the next meeting.

Bylaw 18 (2019) – A Bylaw to Amend Bylaw No. 08 (2014) known as the Zoning Bylaw requires a hearing and was tabled to the next meeting.

General

The outdoor rink behind AG Foods will be flooded for those wishing to use it this season.

Council will be holding a special meeting on Monday, November 25 to discuss drainage of the Mann Street subdivision.  As well, council will have a Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, November 26 to address a comprehensive agenda, including discussion on commercial subdivision.

Council entered into in-camera talks after accepting the correspondence.  Topics on the in-camera agenda included the following:

  • Land (Fire Hall Project, Geotech Map – Revised)
  • Personnel (Administration, Maintenance)
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