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RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MISCOUCHE
Monthly Council Meeting
January 10th, 2023
1. OPENING MEETING
Mayor Albert Gallant called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
Albert Gallant – Mayor
Allan Parks – Deputy Mayor
Jacqueline Lecky- Councillor
Ivan Blanchard- Councillor
Charles MacAusland Councillor
Corey Gillis Councillor
David Hughes- Councillor
Michelle Perry- CAO
2. Declaration of Conflict of Interest: No one declared a conflict of interest.
3. MAINTENANCE REPORT: Monty MacAusland gave the following report: The conservation department are now monitoring Black Pond to see if they can catch the people that are dumping garbage. The blower has good fuel consumption, and it also needs oil change. It was advised to check with John Deere to make sure that the warranty is still valid if we get it done elsewhere.
4. ADOPTION OF MINUTES: Meeting minutes for December 13th, 2022
MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Charles MacAusland and carried
THAT the minutes for December 13th, 2022 be approved as presented.
5. BUSINESS ARISING:
a) Oath of Office: Councillor David Hughes declared his oath of office.
b) West Lagoon Upgrades: the design is 65% complete.
continuing to work with Maritime Electric on site servicing.
Finalizing the design/dimensions of the UV building
continuing to work with Xylem on UV system specs
cleaning up the drawing package
finalizing the project specifications
c) Clean up order 100 lady Slipper Dr S: Mayor Gallant closed the meeting to the public. The resident wrote a letter to council asking for an extension till the end of April on the Clean Up order. Council discussed it and granted the extension. Mayor Gallant opened the meeting back up to the public.
d) Wilfred St: Still no word back from Highways.
e) Office Sharing: with St Nicholas: St Nicholas requested a letter stating what council decision was at the last meeting, so they can bring it back to their council. The letter was given to them January 3rd 2023.
f) Annex the property on Kinsmen Rd: Still no word from the planning department in Charlottetown.
g) Air BNB Request from Antoinette Dr: Michelle checked with the government and all they require is a letter of approval from the community. If the community wants to regulate any aspects of it they will need to have a bylaw put in place.
MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by David Hughes and carried
THAT the community give approval for 13 Antoinette to operate as a short term rental.
6. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
a) Fire Dept: Councilor Lecky gave the following report: They had 3 calls in the month of December, and they will be starting there 50/50 again in January. There is 8 sets of bunker gear that will need to be replaced this year. And the company that cleaned their gear last year will be doing it different this year. They will be picking up 4 sets each week, till they have all been cleaned. Deputy Chief Trowsdale added the following: All the department has been completely outfitted in new uniforms and they were wanting to know since the council is getting close to the end of the budget if they would be getting money back for the ones that were purchased this year. Also chief Woodbury is still working on the hydrant pricing. There will be an EMO Meeting January 16 at 6 pm with representatives from each community and someone from EMO will attend as well. Truck Replacement: the members were wondering if the truck would be replaced this year, as they will not be getting quotes unless they know its going to be ordered. Deputy Parks responded that it will not be ordered this year for sure, however they are still putting funds away for it. Deputy Chief Trowsdale mentioned that at the Christmas party 3 members received their 30 year service pin and it was brought to his attention by another fire fighter that no acknowledgment was given from the community on their service. Council apologize as they were not aware that anyone was receiving their pins or they would have recognized them for sure.
b) Recreation, Park, Playgrounds and Green Spaces: Councilor MacAusland gave the following report: Best Decorated House was done again this year in December and there was 3 houses in the community that were very well decorated. The bingo is doing good, last week there was 111 people attended. Also there is a need for cameras at the rec center and it was talked about in a previous meeting but no decisions was made. There was some vandalism outside last year, and it would be nice to have them in place before next spring.
MOTION moved by Corey Gillis seconded by David Hughes and carried
THAT the community get pricing for camera for the Rec Center and the Fire Hall for next meeting.
c) Water & Sewer: Councilor Gillis gave the following report: There was an issue on Laughlin St between Christmas and New Year, and it was on the community side. A 2 ft piece of pipe was missing that had to be replaced. At that time they also videoed the line on Laughlin and there is a dip in the line at the first of the street that may cause issues down the road.
d) Repairs, Maintenance and Village Properties: Councilor Blanchard gave the following report: The lights in the Fire hall were replaced with new LED and it makes a big difference in the lighting for sure. We are still waiting for the gutters to be replaced. We are on the list for the repairs. Question was asked about the Heat Pumps. We are on the list and hopefully they will be done by the end of this month.
e) PEI Federation of Municipalities: Councilor Hughes gave the following report: He will be attending the Semi Annual Meeting this Saturday in St Peters and he will have a report for next meeting.
f) Finances, Budgets, Pay Committee, Bylaws and Planning: Councillor Parks gave the following report: The community invested $25,000.00 as part of their budget agreement in a preferred share that will get 7.25% interest for 3 years. Also we will be starting to work on the budget in the next week or so, and he will be getting someone outside of council to be on his pay committee. He is hoping to have a report from the Pay committee next month. There were no development permits issued last month, and after budgets are over he will get a committee together to go over the Bylaws to see what amendments we need to do.
9. APPROVAL OF BILLS TOTALING $ 57,985.45
MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Ivan Blanchard and carried
THAT the payment of the bills totaling $ 57,985.45 be approved.
10. NEW BUSINESS:
a) Budgets: The budget will be worked on this month and if any committee has any request for upgrades it would be nice to have them before the budget is completed. .
b) Miscouche ATV & PEI ATV will be having a public meeting January 18th, 2023 at 7pm at the Miscouhce Legion. Councilor Blanchard will attend.
c) EMO Meeting: The meeting will be January 16th, 2023 at 6 Pm at the Fire Hall
d) Dog Park: Two residents approached council on having a dog park in the community. Council discussed it and came up with 2 possible locations that might work where they have land. They decided to put it in the next News Letter to poll the community to see if there is a need for it.
11. NEXT MEETING: February 14th, 2023
12. MEETING ADJOURNED
MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard THAT the meeting of January 10th, 2023 be adjourned.