The town council of Outlook met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday night, October 23. 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, Assistant Administrator Rachel Sillers, Public Works Coordinator Bonnie Pshyk, and Superintendent of Municipal Operations Luke Lockhart.
Absent was Recreation Director Jordy Jones.
A number of topics and items were discussed, including the following highlights.
Before the meeting, Mayor Derdall thanked those from council and administration who were able to attend the public meeting held on October 17 at the Civic Centre.
“I thought it was handled masterfully,” he noted.
Old Business/Business Arising from the Minutes
A motion was made and carried to accept a lease agreement with Ken Bell on land located at NW 16-29-8 W3rd.
The topic of Policy Review was tabled to the next council meeting, with updates to be made and reviewed.
A motion was made and carried to pay the Town’s portion of fencing to be done on land just south of town at SW 10-29-8 W3rd, for an approximate cost of $2800.
Fire agreement paperwork with the RM of Rudy, Glenside and Broderick were being sent back to Protection Committee in order to further discuss rates and come to an agreement.
Cleaning out the former recycling depot is going to take awhile, but crews have still come a long way. Councillor Childerhose had a recent conversation with someone who was interested in the future of the building.
A motion was made and carried to allow purchasing up to $2000 for a new snowblower. The Town would prefer to buy from a local dealer as any repairs can be made in town as needed.
One tender for sewer line replacement work came in on Wednesday morning. The work is to be done at two spots in town; in a residential neighborhood, as well as on Franklin Street in front of the Lucky Dragon restaurant. The valid bid came from Brunner’s Construction Ltd. out of Saskatoon, and the total bid for both jobs came in at $22,620.00 before taxes. A motion was made and carried to accept the bid for the work.
Loraas Disposal may be interested in purchasing some equipment from the former recycling depot. As well, more information on the newly signed program between the Town and the company will be forthcoming, perhaps in the form of a FAQ section (Frequently Asked Questions). On the topic of how residents in multi-unit dwellings will be serviced, it was said that perhaps an info meeting between a Loraas rep and condo residents may be a good idea. The Town would prefer that people deal directly with the company as opposed to the Town serving as the “middle man”.
There was “quite a list” of old & expired bylaws related to Bylaw 11 (2019) – A Bylaw of the Town of Outlook to Repeal Certain Bylaws, which was carried after three readings.
Bylaw 14 (2019) – A Bylaw to Appoint a Bylaw Enforcement Officer was carried after three readings. Administrator Lutz noted that she would like to see a list of the bylaws that will be enforced by the Commissionaires-provided officer, but she was having difficulty in reaching them. Council was hopeful that the officer would enforce all bylaws as requested by the Town, but Lutz’s past experience with a Commissionaire BEO revealed that they won’t always abide by the wishes of council when it comes to enforcing “certain” bylaws.
A motion was made and carried to sponsor the Outlook Ice Hawks senior hockey team for $250 after a request was made.
A motion was made and carried to cut trees and grind stumps near the town offices building as related to questioning at the recent public meeting surrounding safety for those who enjoy walking in the community.
Council was invited to this coming Friday’s grand opening of the RM of Rudy’s new administration office, and after something of a pause in the room, it was said that a few of them would try to make it to the event.
Council entered into in-camera discussion after accepting the correspondence. The in-camera agenda contained the following:
- Land (Long-term Planning, Planning & Development)
- Personnel (Maintenance Position, Administration Personnel, Contract Administration Services)