RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MISCOUCHE
Monthly Council Meeting
December 14th, 2021
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
Pat MacLellan – Councillor
John Searle- Councillor
Ivan Blanchard- Councillor (absent )
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. Jason wanted to thank council for attending the Christmas Party. Rain gutters were cleaned on Monday Night and the new Deputy Chief Doug Trowsdale is in his position and he will be responsible for the Fleet and Maintenance. There was also an expression of interest put out to the department for the captain position, and interviews will be done in the new year. Also, Jason had some concerns about the Fire Service report that he wants to point out. Recruitment retention, there is already 10 people waiting to get into the department, so he does not see this as an issue. The Water Supply he wanted to suggest that the community invest in their own rather than piggybacking on someone else. Rescue pumper he did not feel was an option as if the pumper is at a fill site, then all of the equipment for the rescue is not available at the scene. And he will be creating a maintenance policy in the new year. John and Jason were on a call with the insurance company to see about changing the rating of the fire trucks for small municipalities, however those were not the right people to be discussing it with, Jason has since received contact names for the correct people and will be in touch with them in the new year. The 2022 budget will be completed at the end of December, and the firefighters wanted to know if they could budget in for a new cap on the fast rescue as the one, they have does not fit properly and does not match the color of the truck. John Searle gave the following report: There were 5 calls last month and the department wanted to know if the Santa Claus Run and the Decorating contest could be on the same date next year so it could be advertised together. Also, the firefighters wanted to know if the hose in the bay could be connected to the water softener machine as when the trucks are being washed, they leave spots on them from the hard water. Council advised that if Gillis Heating could do it to get it done.
Albert thanks Jason and John for the report.
4. MAINTENANCE REPORT: Monty MacAusland gave the following report: The drum and the pump are all ready to go and Monty just needs to know where the council wants him to buy the Diesel.
MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Pat MacLellan and carried
THAT the Community continue to purchase the Diesel at Thibideau’s Auto and keep it local.
5. REC CENTER REPORT: Councilor Jacqueline Lecky gave the following report: Everything is going good at the bingo and there will be no bingo on December 26th, 2021 to give the staff some time with their families.
6. ADOPTION OF MINUTES: Meeting minutes for November 9th, 2021
MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the minutes for November 9th, 2021 be approved as presented.
7. BUSINESS ARISING:
a) West Lagoon ICIP Funding: There is still no word if the funding was approved yet. Mayor Albert checked in with Bobby Morrissey Office and we still have not heard back.
b) Sidewalks on Wilfred St: Deputy Mayor Allan and CAO Michelle met with 2 engineers from Highways about the options of sidewalks on Wilfred St. The engineers are going to get some more information and get back to the community.
c) Skate Park Equipment: The equipment has finally arrived but will not be put together till the spring. Michelle checked into this, and it will not affect the funding.
d) Sledding Hill: Councilor Pat did not have time to look into this but will have more information for next meeting.
e) Shared Office Space for Municipalities: A meeting will be set up in the New year with the Mayors and Deputy Mayors of each community to discuss how this will work.
f) Property Next to the Church: Council received a letter from the Property and Finance at the Church advising council that at this time they are not looking to sell that property but if things change, they will give council consideration.
g) Fire Service Review: At this time councillor Ivan Blanchard was called and put on speaker phone, as he was the chair of this committee. Ivan gave his recommendations to council based on the Fire Service Review that was completed that the committee felt that they should hire a consultant to put a water source in the community. As at this time the committee feels that the water source is more important at this time. Then they can look at purchasing a new fire truck once they have the water source. Council discussed this.
MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by Allan Parks and carried
THAT the Community hire a consultant to have a water source put in the community.
Ivan had to leave the meeting by phone.
8. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
a) Fire Dept: Council discussed the Truck cap for the fast rescue.
MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the community purchase the New Cap for the Fast Rescue for $2,500.00 plus HST.
b) Planning Board- Development Permits- No Permits
c) Sewer: Past Due Accounts: There were 11 Letters were served. There was 1 out of the 11 that has not made contact. So, the sign will be put out tomorrow to disconnect.
d) Firehall Maintenance & Street Lights: Pat will check into the corner of Gillis St and Heritage to see if there needs to be a Street Light out in.
e) Community Improvements: It was mentioned that the man door going into the fire bay needs to be looked at as the door is not closing properly and the casing is rotten.
9. APPROVAL OF BILLS TOTALING $ 83,792.59
MOTION moved by John Searle seconded by Pat Maclellan and carried
THAT the payment of the bills totaling $ 83,792.59 is approved.
10. NEW BUSINESS:
a) Budget: The 2022/2023 budget will be worked on in January 2022
b) Thank you cards: Council received 2 thank you cards for flowers that were sent out to 2 recent deaths.
c) PEI Command Veteran’s Book: council received a request for a donations for the new book that will be done in 2022.
MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the Community donate the advertisement 1/10 of a page to the Veterans book for $250.00
11. NEXT MEETING: January 11th, 2022
12. MEETING ADJOURNED
MOTION moved by John Searle THAT the meeting of December 14th, 2021 be adjourned.