COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES- July 13 2021

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RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MISCOUCHE
Monthly Council Meeting
July 13th, 2021

1. OPENING MEETING
Mayor Albert Gallant called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.

Present:
Albert Gallant – Mayor
Allan Parks – Deputy Mayor
Jacqueline Lecky- Councillor
Pat MacLellan – Councillor
John Searle- Councillor
Ivan Blanchard- Councillor
Joan Arsenault – Councillor
Michelle Perry- CAO

2. Declaration of Conflict of Interest: No one declared a conflict of interest.

3. FIRE DEPARTMENT: Chief Jason Woodbury gave the following report. The Deputy Chief put in his official resignation letter to the department after 32 years of service. The fire department passed at the meeting to provide him with a retirement gift and wanted to know if council wanted to go in on it with them. The department is back to meeting in house and mask are optional. Jason met with the consultant and gave him all the required information on the department. Summer party is a go along and protocols do not change and the department wanted to know if council will donate for the food again this year. Christmas party is set for December 4th at the Legion. 5 members will be fitted for the bunker gear before it gets ordered. Truck cap on the fast rescue will need to be replaced and the department will cover the cost. The memorial is scheduled for September 18 and the agenda was given to the council members. John Searle added the following comments: the hose testing was completed and the hoses were ordered. Lights in the bay have been fixed. Fire Smart is being worked on and they will apply for funding in the spring of 2022. There were 4 calls last month and the department wanted to know what council wanted to do with the old BA tanks. Council has agreed that the department can sell them for scrape metal.

MOTION moved by John Searle seconded by Pat MacLellan and carried
THAT the Community go half on the retirement gift for the Deputy Chief which will be presented at the Christmas Party.

MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the Community donate the same as what they did in the previous years for the Fire Department Summer Party.

Albert thanked Jason for the report.

4. MAINTENANCE REPORT: Michelle Perry gave the following report for maintenance: Sewer flushing is going on this week, and there is 2 quotes for the slip tank with the pump.

MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the Slip tank be purchased for filling up the diesel for the new generators and the it be purchased through Corcoran’s Farm for the total of $1,995.25 taxes in unless one can be purchased at a cheaper price.

5. REC CENTER REPORT: Councillor Jacqueline Lecky gave the following report: Bingo are doing good we are averaging 95-100 people a week. There is an issue with trying to find another bartender for the weekend, and pricing maybe the issue on what the community pays. As this event the bar is opened from 4:30-11:30 and we are paying below minimum wage.

MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by Ivan Blanchard and carried
THAT the Community pay $100.00 a person for the event on July 17th, 2021

Michelle got a quote for having the floors stripped and waxed at the Rec Center. Council wanted to another quote before they make a decision.

6. ADOPTION OF MINUTES: Meeting minutes for June 8th, 2021

MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the minutes for June 8th, 2021 be approved as presented.

7. BUSINESS ARISING:
a) Greenspace in Heritage: Still a lot of kids playing ball hockey on the road in the subdivision and the residence want to know about clearing out a space in the greenspace to get them off the road. Michelle checked the deed and the community owns the land and it just says that it is greenspace. Council wanted to know the how much land it was and if they should get a quote for clearing it out. This could be something to research and put in next years budget to see if it is feasible.
b) West Lagoon ICIP Funding: Michelle sent an email and they are still deliberating and there has not been a decision made as of yet.
c) Skate Park Equipment Funding: The grant was applied for ACOA and the funding has been changed to 50% ACOA 30% Rural Development and 20% Municipality.
d) Fishermen’s Wharf: There will be 3 council and the CAO going and there guests on Friday July 16 for 6:30.
e) Covid Warrior Coin: The Fire Department will be nominated and a nurse and police officer in the community.
f) Disable Washroom: A contractor was in to look at the washrooms and the only washroom that will work for a disable washroom is the one off the seniors kitchen. This will be a project for next year.
g) Sidewalks on Wilfred St: Albert was still not able to get in touch with the engineer to see if they will put some money into the in-filling. So Albert and Allan will make some calls to see if they can get someone to come out to talk to council again to come up with an agreement.
h) Summer Program: This has started and it will run for 8 weeks. There are 2 students hired to run the program and they can have up to 10 kids.

8. COMMITTEE REPORTS:

a) Fire Dept: Already discussed.
b) Planning Board- Development Permits- No Permits
c) Sewer: New Generators and Panels have been put in and the new pumps arrived today. Also Monty needs to have his phone upgraded to a smart phone so he can have access to monitoring the system.

MOTION moved by John Searle seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the Community upgrade the maintenance phone to a smart phone so that monitoring can be done on the lift stations.

d) Firehall Maintenance & Street Lights: Pat MacLellan will check on Laughlin to get the pole number so the street light can be ordered.
e) Community Improvements:
f) Finances: Michelle is waiting for the invoice from AGL on the 5% holdback for Laughlin St which was to be paid on July 6th, 2021. Also Ivan was requesting more of a break down for the monthly totals on the revenue.

9. APPROVAL OF BILLS TOTALING $ 174,956.76. $127,364.50 of it was funded through Gas Tax for the generators and the panel for the Kinsmen Rd.

MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the payment of the bills totaling $ 174,956.76 is approved.

10. NEW BUSINESS:
a) Dog Park: Ivan received a request from a resident about putting a dog park in the community. The concerns council had with it as were there would be land for it and who would clean up in the park. Council decided that if someone wants to come forward to donate some land then they will revisit the request.
b) Solar Panels: Ivan was interested in getting more information is council wanted to seriously thinks about the potential of putting solar panels in the community to help with the cost of electricity, and since there is grants available to help with the cost.
c) Crime Stoppers Donation: annual request for the donation.

MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the Community donate $50.00 to the Crime Stoppers.

d) Utility Bylaw: Michelle received a sample Utility Bylaw that the community needs to amend their utility Bylaw to meet the MGA. She will review it to see what has changed from the old Bylaw. Also Allan suggested that we invite WSP and a representative from environment to come to the meeting for the public in September for the sewer rate increase, so they can answer questions that council will not be able to answer.
e)Evangeline Rec Center: Annual donation for the Arena sign.

MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by Pat MacLellan and carried
THAT the Community donate $150.00 for the arena sign to be placed back in the rink.

11. NEXT MEETING: August 10th, 2021

12. MEETING ADJOURNED

MOTION moved by John Searle THAT the meeting of July 13th, 2021 be adjourned.

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES- June 8 2021

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RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MISCOUCHE
Monthly Council Meeting
June 8th, 2021

1. OPENING MEETING
Mayor Albert Gallant called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.

Present:
Albert Gallant – Mayor
Allan Parks – Deputy Mayor
Jacqueline Lecky- Councillor
Pat MacLellan – Councillor
John Searle- Councillor
Ivan Blanchard- Councillor
Joan Arsenault – Councillor
Michelle Perry- CAO

 

2. Declaration of Conflict of Interest: No one declared a conflict of interest.

3. FIRE DEPARTMENT: Chief Jason Woodbury gave the following report. The department will be starting meeting and doing training with the full department in July. The memorial is scheduled for September 18 2021 and the department is looking on having their summer party this year and will be looking to have the cost of food covered. Bylaw amendment for the municipal fire service. Jason had a concern about the wording that the chief and deputy chief position will be reviewed every year, and they thought that they had to reapply every year. It was clarified that they did not have too and they will be reviewed only to make sure that positions are being represented they way council would like, and if any other firefighter wanted to apply for the position they will be looked at as well. Jason has not heard back from the PEI Firefighters association about the dues. Hose testing was completed on Monday and 2 hoses will need to be replaced. At there monthly meeting there was a motion carried that the department will put away $10,000.00 towards the purchase of a new rescue truck in the future. A firefighter has started to detail the trucks. And they are also looking to see if the water softener can be hooked up to the bay as when the trucks are washed there is water spots left on them. Also the harassment forms are almost all signed.

Albert thanked Jason for the report.

Ivan gave the following report. There was a sub committee created to get some information on the fire department on whether the community needed a new fire truck and a hydrant. The committee met with Bill Hogan who proposed a Fire Service Review which he has done on other communities on the department. This will provide the community with a report on staffing equipment and municipal water supply. It will also provide recommendations that the department will have going forward for the next 10-20 years. The cost will be $3600.00

MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the Community hire Bill Hogan to do a detailed report on the Fire Service at the cost of $3,600.00.

4. MAINTENANCE REPORT: Monty MacAusland Maintenance gave the following report: A box for the tractor was purchased so that he is able to carry tools with him when he is cutting grass. Also the welcome sign on Lady Slipper Dr N was put back into place after winter damage. Sewer flushing will start the week of July 5 providing that we can find a firefighter to drive the pumper for water.

5. REC CENTER REPORT: Councillor Jacqueline Lecky gave the following report: Bingo are doing good we are averaging 95-100 people a week. The table tops were painted at the end of May. Also Ivan advised that he was at the rec center and the siding on the outside seems to be separating at the corners of the building.

MOTION moved by John Searle seconded by Ivan Blanchard and carried
THAT the Community have a contractor look at the siding to see if it needs to be fixed.

6. ADOPTION OF MINUTES: Meeting minutes for May 11th, Meeting May 18th and May 19th , 2021

MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by Allan Parks and carried
THAT the minutes for May 11th , and May 18th and May 19th, 2021 be approved as presented.

7. BUSINESS ARISING:
a) West Lagoon ICIP Funding: Still no word on the funding. It was suggested that we send an email to see what the status is.
b) Skate Park Equipment Funding: The grant was applied for the Skate Park Equipment and the Bunker Gear. And Michelle found out that on June 21 ACOA will be accepting applications for funding for Park equipment. This will cover 40% of the cost and with the 50% from revitalization program then the community will only have to pay 10% so the other piece of equipment can be ordered as will if the funding is approved. Michelle will apply for the funding.

MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the Community apply for funding of 40% through ACOA for 2 pieces of Skate park equipment for approximately $50,000.00.

c) Fishermen’s Wharf: The council did not give a date as to when they wanted to go. So after discussion they decided on July 16 at 6:30pm.

8. COMMITTEE REPORTS:

a) Fire Dept: Already discussed.
b) Planning Board- Development Permits- No Permits
c) Sewer: 22 Lady Slipper Dr S 2 lengths of pipe was replaced to the main. Also 18 Wilfred St is looking to get a partial refund on the sewer since the house burnt.

MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the Community not prorate the sewer from the time the house burnt till the end of the year.

Pat MacLellan voted No Motion Carried.

d) Firehall Maintenance & Street Lights: Pat MacLellan will check on Laughlin since 3 new homes went in to see if there needs to be any street lights put in.
e) Community Improvements: Still no  contractor to check to see if a disable washroom can be put in the firehall. It was suggested to check with Gillis Heating to see if they can check it out.
f) Finances:

9. APPROVAL OF BILLS TOTALING $ 33,520.75

MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Pat MacLellan and carried
THAT the payment of the bills totaling $ 33,520.75 is approved.

10. NEW BUSINESS:
a) Covid Warrior Coin: Lieutenant Governor of PEI is awarding 3 coins to individuals , organizations and business in the community for there outstanding acts during Covid 19. It was suggested the Fire Department and council will think of 2 others and let Michelle know in a couple of weeks.
b) Land matters PEI: Council received a letter from the minister advising that there is an advisory committee that will be making recommendation to government and this may effect municipalities official plans and bylaws depending on what the recommendations will be and the minister just wanted to make council aware.
c) Cyber Security Workshops: There will be a few workshops in Charlottetown if any council is interested.
d) Road Work: There is some patching of the road on Gillis St and Monaghan St.
e) Park in Heritage: Council received a request from a resident on Heritage that since there is a lot of kids in the subdivision if the green space can be cleaned out and put some benches in there for the kids to play in there rather than on the road. Council suggested to find out more about the space to see how it is listed and what we can do on it.

MOTION moved by John Searle seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the Community contact the lawyer to see how the green space was approved in the subdivision.

f) ATV Club looking for access to business in Miscouche: Pat was speaking with a member of the ATV Club and they are looking to get access through Miscouche to business. Council has agreed to support the club but this would need to be presented to government from the ATV club.
g) Complaint from Wilfred St: Council received an written complaint from a resident of Wilfred St. The complaint was about the speeding issue and how they do not feel comfortable letting their children out to play for fear of being hit from speeders. There was some discussion as to what they can do to stop this, and council feels that they should meet with the minister of transportation to see what can be done on the street. Whether it is rumble strips or putting in the sidewalk if the government would agree to pay on the infilling. Albert will set something up with the minister.

11. NEXT MEETING: July 13th, 2021

12. MEETING ADJOURNED

MOTION moved by John Searle THAT the meeting of June 8th, 2021 be adjourned.

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES- 2nd Reading and Adoption of the Amendment of the Municipal Fire Department Bylaw 2019-09 May 19 2021

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RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MISCOUCHE
2nd Reading and Adoption of the Amendment
of the Municipal Fire Department Bylaw 2019-09
May 19th, 2021

1. OPENING MEETING
Mayor Albert Gallant called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.

Present:
Albert Gallant – Mayor
Allan Parks – Deputy Mayor
Jacqueline Lecky- Councillor(Absent)
Pat MacLellan – Councillor(Absent)
John Searle- Councillor
Ivan Blanchard- Councillor
Joan Arsenault – Councillor
Michelle Perry- CAO

Michelle Perry read the 2nd reading of the Amendment of the Municipal Fire department Bylaw 2019-09. With the changes to Section 6 Municipal Council 6.2 b Shall appoint by resolution a qualified person for the position of Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief and that these positions will be reviewed by Council every year in December for renewal.

MOTION moved by John Searle seconded by Ivan Blanchard and carried
THAT the 2nd reading of the Amendment of the Municipal Fire Department Bylaw 2019-09 was accepted as read.

MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the Amendment of the Municipal Fire Department Bylaw 2019-09 was adopted as read.

Meeting adjourned.

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES – 1st Reading of Amendment of the Municipal Fire Department Bylaw 2019-09, May 18 2021

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RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MISCOUCHE
1st Reading for Amendment of the Municipal Fire Department Bylaw 2019-09
May 18th, 2021

1. OPENING MEETING
Mayor Albert Gallant called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.

Present:
Albert Gallant – Mayor
Allan Parks – Deputy Mayor
Jacqueline Lecky- Councillor
Pat MacLellan – Councillor(Absent)
John Searle- Councillor
Ivan Blanchard- Councillor
Joan Arsenault – Councillor
Michelle Perry- CAO

Jacqueline Lecky read the first reading of the Amendment of the Municipal Fire department Bylaw 2019-09. The amendment consisted of adding 2 definitions for the Pump Operator and Senior Officers. Section 6 under Municipal Council: 6.2 d the Deputy Fire Chief was added with the Fire Chief that both positions will be appointed by council 6.2 c These positions may also be revoked or suspended by resolution by council. 6.2 d will be removed. Section 8 Organization of the Fire Department: 8.1 was amended by adding that the Senior Officers may appoint other officers of the department through approval of the Fire chief as deemed necessary to establish “Incident Command Structure” and to maintain safe operations. 8.2 will be changed to; The fire department will be comprised of no more than 34 active members and no more than 6 active junior members. 8.3 will be removed.

After the reading council had a suggestion to put in that the position of the Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief be reviewed for renewal every year in December.

MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the 1st reading of the Amendment of the Municipal Fire Department Bylaw 2019-09 was accepted as read. And that the changes will be put in before the 2nd reading.

Meeting adjourned.

 

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES- May 11th, 2021

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RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MISCOUCHE
Monthly Council Meeting
May 11th, 2021

1. OPENING MEETING
Mayor Albert Gallant called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.

Present:
Albert Gallant – Mayor
Allan Parks – Deputy Mayor
Jacqueline Lecky- Councillor
Pat MacLellan – Councillor
John Searle- Councillor
Ivan Blanchard- Councillor
Joan Arsenault – Councillor
Michelle Perry- CAO

2. Declaration of Conflict of Interest: No one declared a conflict of interest.

3. FIRE DEPARTMENT: Chief Jason Woodbury gave the following report. After reviewing the report for the safety officer it has been determined that 5 sets of bunker gear need to be replaced. And 8 additional sets within the next 3 years as they are expired. Michelle will apply for funding once Jason provides her with a quote. The fire truck committee wants to know where they stand on the purchase of the new truck. There has been a committee of 5 members for the Fire smart committee and they will be meeting soon to discuss some options to help prevent fires in the community. Also the Chief and Deputy chief met with Linkletter farms to see if it was possible to tap into their deep water wells to put a hydrant in the community, and after discussions it was suggested that it might be better for the community to have their own deep water well. Jason checked with the province and we are allowed to have one dug for the purpose of fire. And the community would have to look into possible funding if the project goes ahead.

Albert thanked Jason for the report.

Council discussed getting a committee together to get information so that council has a better understanding on what other communities do and what is best for this community. The committee we will consist of Allan Parks, John Searle and Ivan Blanchard. They will get some information and bring it back to the council. The Amendment for the Fire service Bylaw is approved by council to go ahead with the changes so the first reading will be May 18 at 6:30 and the 2nd reading and adoption will be May 19 at 6:30 pm.

MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by Ivan Blanchard and carried
THAT the Community apply for a grant to purchase 5 new sets of Bunker Gear for the Fire Department.

4. MAINTENANCE REPORT: Monty from Maintenance gave the following report: The generators have been installed and Grass cutting has started for 2021. Ivan asked if the parking spaces lines need to be done. Monty suggested that they are good for this year.

5. REC CENTER REPORT: Councillor Jacqueline Lecky gave the following report: The lights have been changed at the Rec Center and they certainly made a difference. Also the tables will be painted at the end of the month. There was some theft from the canteen for chocolate bars and chips this issue has been resolved and the canteen is now locked during the week. Also Michelle requested that the garbage go on a 2 week rotation at the Rec center as there is a lot of activities during the week and the garbage is piling up. With a wedding coming up in July Michelle would like to know what council wants to do with the expired beer. Council discussed it and they will
deal with this in July before the wedding.

6. ADOPTION OF MINUTES: Meeting minutes for April 13th, and Special Meeting May 5th, 2021.

MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the minutes for April 13th and Special Meeting May 5th be adopted as read.

7. BUSINESS ARISING:
a) West Lagoon ICIP Funding: The funding closed on April 30th and no word yet.
b) Disable Washroom at the Fire Hall: Michelle is still waiting for a contractor to come and look to see if there is enough room to put one in.
c) Property 863290 Vacant land between Antoinette and County Oven. Michelle sent an email to the property Owners and they are interested in selling the 2 parcels of land, however Albert was talking to the government and they will not put the road in for free. Also Michelle advised that she talked to government and they stated that we will need to back 500 from the lagoon. So depending on what the road will cost and how many lots can be sold, this will determine what the community will pay for the land. Council decided to table this for the time being as they have other projects to do first.
d) Skate Park Equipment: Jacqueline got 2 quotes for 2 different pieces of equipment and Michelle advised of possible funding for $5,000.00 and or 50%.

MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the community purchase the Quarter Pipe for 16,506.38 pending funding approval.

John Searle voted no. Motion Carried.

8. COMMITTEE REPORTS:

a) Fire Dept: Already discussed.
b) Planning Board- Nothing to report.
c) Sewer: 22 Lady Slipper S: The home owner was contacted about the willow tree causing the issue and the home owner advised that the issue was with the breach in the pipe. So the contractor was contacted to have 2 lengths of pipe replaced this will get done before the end of summer. 38 lady Slipper Dr N: This property had an issue with the line under the road and the lateral was replaced going out to the main.
d) Firehall Maintenance & Street Lights: none.

e) Community Improvements: Unsightly Property: 2 letters were sent out for clean up of the properties 1 on Augustine St and 1 on Lady Slipper Dr S. Augustine was cleaned up and Lady Slipper S the owner was in and advised that they will need some time to clean it up, so they were given till the end of summer to have this done.

f) Finances:

9. APPROVAL OF BILLS TOTALING $ 44,744.97

MOTION moved by Pat MacLellan seconded by Ivan Blanchard and carried
THAT the payment of the bills totaling $ 44,744.97 is approved.

10. NEW BUSINESS:
a) Gas Tax Fund: The Federal Government will be doing a top up for the gas tax for 2021. So instead of creating a new project we can put it on an existing one.

MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the Gas Tax Top Up Payment for 2021 of $100,000.00 be applied to the existing upgrades to the East Lagoon Project.

b) Police Association: Annual donation towards the Crime Prevention Guide.

MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Pat MacLellan and carried
THAT the donation of $230.00 for 1/10th of a page advertisement in the Crime Prevention Book be issued for 2021.

c) PCH Donation : Annual Donation.

MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the Annual Donation of $1,000.00 be made to the PCH Hospital Foundation.

d) Resident Bursary: Council received 2 qualified applications for the resident Bursary. Michelle read them as applicant A & B.

MOTION moved by Pat MacLellan seconded by Ivan Blanchard and carried
THAT the Resident Bursary of 2021 be awarded to Ben O’Brien.

e) Fishermen’s Wharf: Annual lobster supper meal.

MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by Allan Parks and carried
THAT the Council go to Fishermen’s Wharf for their Annual Lobster Supper.

John Searle voted No motion Carried.

f) Environmental Policy: as per the community insurance the community is required to have an environmental policy.

MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the Environmental Policy be adopted as read.

g) Workplace Harassment Forms: As per our Insurance we should have workplace harassment forms in place for council staff and Fire Department: Michelle handout these forms for everyone to read and sign and a copy returned back to the office to be kept on file.
h) Office summer Hours, Summer Program, Eddie Laughlin Award: The office hours will be changing for the summer. The office will be closing on Fridays for June July and August. Also the Summer Program will be starting again in July and Michelle has hired 2 people to run it. Eddie Laughlin Award the flyer will go up again and the deadline will be August 9 2021. Also this information will go in the newsletter as well for July 1st.

11. NEXT MEETING: May 11th, 2021

12. MEETING ADJOURNED

MOTION moved by John Searle THAT the meeting of May 11th, 2021 be adjourned.

 

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES- Special Meeting May 5th, 2021 Water Source for the Community

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RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MISCOUCHE
Special Meeting Water Source for the Community
May 5th, 2021

1. OPENING MEETING
Mayor Albert Gallant called the meeting to order at 1:00 P.M.

Present:
Albert Gallant – Mayor
Chief Jason Woodbury
Janie Marchbank Co-Owner of Linkletter farms
Michelle Perry- CAO

This was just a brief information meeting.

Chief Jason Woodbury and Deputy Paul Perry met with Jamie Marchbank co-owner of Linkletter farms to visit 3 of their deep water wells to see if any would be a fit to see about possibly tapping into any of them to put a hydrant so the community would have a water source. Wilfred St seems to be the best possible fit except that the road is not plowed all year. There was also some talk about the community seeing if it is possible to have their own water source. Either way Linkletter Farms is open to any possible ideas as they would like to see the community progress in the next 50 years.

Albert thanked both of them for coming and advised that he will bring the information back to council to see what their thoughts are.

Meeting adjourned.

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES- April 13th, 2021

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RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MISCOUCHE
Monthly Council Meeting
April 13th, 2021

1. OPENING MEETING
Mayor Albert Gallant called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.

Present:
Albert Gallant – Mayor
Allan Parks – Deputy Mayor
Jacqueline Lecky- Councillor
Pat MacLellan – Councillor
John Searle- Councillor
Ivan Blanchard- Councillor
Joan Arsenault – Councillor
Michelle Perry- CAO

2. Nick and Mike from the forestry came and gave council a small presentation on how community’s can get involved in Fire Smart and how the council can get the community involved in making the residents aware on what they can do in the community to prevent fires. They are looking for a champion community to be the first one on the island for fire prevention. They gave council the website www.firesmart.ca to look for funding and ways to get the community involved.

Albert thanked them for the presentation and council will look at the website to see what they can do.

3. Declaration of Conflict of Interest: No one declared a conflict of interest.

4. FIRE DEPARTMENT: Chief Jason Woodbury gave the following report. The department as started to do there meeting through Zoom ½ in the hall and the other half on zoom and the turn out was good. They are doing their training in 2 groups. They are hoping to have the unveiling of the monument in the fall of 2021. 3 members completed the Level 2 classroom and now will be doing the hands on training. One of the members in the past has detailed the trucks at $200.00 a truck and wanted to know if council would like this done again this year. Policy and procedures have been updated. The department started Chase the Ace again, and Jason has a meeting with the President and Division Rep of the PEI Firefighters Association to see about getting back in the association with out having to past last years dues as they had formally declined membership last year. Jason spoke with the sales rep on the new fire truck to see what the pricing had changed since last year. And he quoted him $425,000.00-$450,000.00 because of the exchange rate and the material cost. Up from $388,000.00 and the truck can take 12-14 months to be delivered. The decontamination kit has arrived and been installed, and when the bunker gear was professionally cleaned it was determined that 4 sets of bunker gear would need to be replace this year as they were expired. Also after reviewing the Fire Service Bylaw there are a few amendments that need to be made. Jason went over the changes with council and Michelle will print council off a copy and send it to council to review.

5. MAINTENANCE REPORT: The submersible pumps were order and Gas Tax was applied to be used for them. Also council wanted more information about the diesel tank. Monty advised that to have a tank on the property would not help him as he would have to haul tanks to the generators. Also to have a slip tank on the truck we would have to worry about liability and put money into getting the truck upgraded to be able to haul it. So this would not be feasible at this time. Also Michelle ordered 4 pallets of salt for the next season as the price was going up
$1.00 a bag and we saved $1.60 a bag by buying 4 pallets.

6. REC CENTER REPORT: Councillor Jacqueline Lecky gave the following report: Bingo are doing good we are averaging 95-100 people a week. However there are some concerns about the lighting they are saying that it is to dim. Michelle had checked into it and we can get 50% with a grant and they apply for the PEI Efficiency for the rebate on the lights.

MOTION moved by John Searle seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the Community replace the 12 light fixtures in the main hall at the Rec Center with LED Lights and apply for the Grant to cover 50% of the cost.

7. ADOPTION OF MINUTES: Meeting minutes for March 9th, and Special Meeting March 22nd and March 23rd, 2021

MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the minutes for March 9th, and Special Meeting March 22nd and March 23rd, 2021 be approved as presented.

8. BUSINESS ARISING:
a) West Lagoon ICIP Funding: The funding has been applied for and the community will not find out till May if they have been approved for the project. The community cost will be $850,000.00
b) Disable Washroom at the Fire Hall: Michelle is still waiting for a contractor to come and look to see if there is enough room to put one in.
c) IRAC Rate Analysis: Michelle got the rate analysis for 3 years and 5 years at $40.00 a year. At the end of the 5 years the community will have a surplus of $50,000.00

MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by Allan Parks and carried
THAT the Community go with the increase of $40.00 for the next 5 years and have a public meeting in the fall to advise the residents.

Ivan Blanchard voted No. Motion carried.

d) Corcoran’s Farms: Michelle gave a copy of the unsightly property bylaw to each council member and they have reviewed it and they have decided that this property as it is a business does not fall under this bylaw.
e) Heritage Subdivision signs for right away: Council discussed putting the signs back but since the last signs were not up for 2 weeks and were stolen they have decided not to put any up again.

9. COMMITTEE REPORTS:

a) Fire Dept: Already discussed.
b) Planning Board- Development Permits- Permit was issued to 30 Laughlin St and 89 Kelly Dr
for Single Family Dwelling.
c) Sewer: There were 2 issues with the sewer at 22 Lady Slipper Dr S and 56 Lady Slipper Dr N.
22 was a root ball that needed to be cut and 56 was a block in the line. Council wanted Michelle to make sure that the resident of 22 Lady Slipper knew that they will continue to have issue with the line as long as the tree was still on the property as the tree was creating a root ball in the line.
d) Firehall Maintenance & Street Lights: Line was video in the fire hall and it is a bit collapsed but does not need to be replaced at this time. The grates will be cleaned out once a month. Also the down spout at the back of the fire hall will need to be fixed. Monty and Jason will do it on the next nice day on a Monday when Jason is in the office.
e) Community Improvements: Some of the youth in the community are looking to see if the community will purchase another piece of equipment for the skate park. Jacqueline will get some ideas on what they are looking for so we can get pricing to see if funding is available.
f) Finances:

10. APPROVAL OF BILLS TOTALING $ 29,234.91

MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the payment of the bills totaling $ 29,234.91 is approved.

11. NEW BUSINESS:
a) FPEIM Annual Meeting: The meeting will be April 26th, 2021 via Zoom registration has to be before April 23.
b) PID 863290: Ivan Blanchard presented the property to council to see if maybe the owner should be contacted to see about selling the land so the community can finish the subdivision. There is approximately 24.24 acres although some of it can not be used due to the distance of the Lagoon. Also it would have to be looked into to see how much of the land can be used and what it would cost to have the road put in. Council suggested to send a request to the owner to see if they are interested in selling before anything else is done.
c) Unsightly Property Lady Slipper Dr S: Michelle received a complaint from a resident about 2 properties on Lady Slipper Dr S that are next to their property and they have some concerns about a rat problem. They wanted to make council aware so that something can be done before this becomes a bigger issue. Council reviewed the Unsightly Bylaw again and advised Michelle to send letters to the residents to clean up their properties.
d) Graffiti at the Skate Park: There has been some graffiti at the skate park on the equipment which Monty taped off and spray painted over it.12. NEXT MEETING: May 11th, 2021

13. MEETING ADJOURNED

MOTION moved by John Searle THAT the meeting of April 13th, 2021 be adjourned.

 

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES- 2nd Reading and Adoption of Amendment March 23 2021

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RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MISCOUCHE
Special Meeting
2nd  reading and Adoption of Amendment of the Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
March 23rd, 2021

1. OPENING MEETING
Mayor Albert Gallant called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M.

Present:
Albert Gallant – Mayor
Allan Parks – Deputy Mayor
Jacqueline Lecky- Councillor
Pat MacLellan – Councillor (Absent)
John Searle- Councillor
Ivan Blanchard- Councillor
Joan Arsenault – Councillor
Michelle Perry- Administrator

Mayor Albert Gallant called the meeting to order and gave the floor to councillor Jacqueline Lecky who read the 2nd reading of the Amendment of the Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw. Which council has added the definitions of a Mini and Tiny Home and added these said definitions to section 6.0 and 6.5 of the Bylaw allowing Mobile/Mini/Tiny Homes only in Residential Zones where they have parks to included these definitions.

MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by Ivan Blanchard and carried
THAT the 2nd reading of the Amendment of the Rural Municipality of Miscouche Bylaw 2000 be approved as presented.

Motion Carried

MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by Allan Parks and carried
THAT the Amendment of the Rural Municipality of Miscouche Bylaw 2000 be Adopted as presented.

Motion Carried

MEETING ADJOURNED:

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES- 1st Reading Amendment March 22 2021

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RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MISCOUCHE
Special Meeting
1st reading of Amendment of the Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw
March 22nd, 2021

1. OPENING MEETING
Mayor Albert Gallant called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M.

Present:
Albert Gallant – Mayor
Allan Parks – Deputy Mayor
Jacqueline Lecky- Councillor
Pat MacLellan – Councillor
John Searle- Councillor
Ivan Blanchard- Councillor
Joan Arsenault – Councillor
Michelle Perry- Administrator

Mayor Albert Gallant called the meeting to order and gave the floor to councillor Jacqueline Lecky who read the 1st reading of the Amendment of the Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw. Which council has added the definitions of a Mini and Tiny Home and added these said definitions to section 6.0 and 6.5 of the Bylaw allowing Mobile/Mini/Tiny Homes only in Residential Zones where they have parks to included these definitions.

1st Reading for the Amendment of the Rural Municipality of Miscouche Zoning and Subdivision Bylaw 2000,

MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by Pat Maclellan and carried
THAT the 1st reading of the Amendment of the Rural Municipality of Miscouche Bylaw 2000 be approved as presented.

Motion Carried

MEETING ADJOURNED: