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Monthly Council Meeting
January 8th, 2019

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
Joan Arsenault – Councillor
Michelle Perry- Administrator

2. Declaration of Conflict of Interest: No one had a conflict of interest to declare.

Preston Silliker gave the following report: Preston talked about his concerns with the West Lagoon and how that lagoon has not been upgraded since it was put in and that upgrades are going to be need soon. He also suggested to have a meeting with Morley Foye and council and he will be able to help council with the steps that will need to be done for a upgrade. Council has Preston to have his concerns of the Lagoon in writing for the community so that they will have them on file. Also he suggested to have a generator and surge protector and possible phase protector on the east Lagoon and Lift Station. Michelle will get in touch with Morley to have something set up before February as Allan Parks will be away for the month of February and he would like to be at the meeting.

MOTION moved by John Searle seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT a meeting with Morley Foye be set up to discuss the options on upgrading the West Lagoon.

Council thanked Preston for the report.

3. FIRE DEPARTMENT: John Searle gave his report as Jason Woodbury was not at the meeting: The Fire department would like to put a call chart in the newsletter so the residence will know how many and what kinds of calls they do monthly. And the department are getting ready to start working on their budget. Council also discussed putting up the fire dues and that this request would need to be in by end of January. Some council members did not feel comfortable with doing this as they are not sure what they are suppose to be getting now and if the Community is getting all that should be paid from the Fire District now. Michelle will get in touch with the Fre District Committee to see what she can find out.

4. MAINTENANCE REPORT: Monty MacAusland the Maintenance worker gave the following report. The lights for the blower keep burning out and he would like to know if he can purchase a set of LED’s for the blower.

MOTION moved by Pat MacLellan seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT Monty has the authority to order a set of lights for the blower to a max of $200.00

5. REC CENTER REPORT: Robert gave the following report. He stated that the bingo’s were going good for the year. The parking lot may need to be sealed again there is a few cracks in it.
Lights have been fixed over the stairs, and there is a few old tiles that will need to be replaced. He cleaned the heat pump filters last month and they were not too bad. He stated that he wants to know if council gives him permission to look for a walk behind scrubber, he had a chance to buy one last year and council decided against it, and he feels that this will helps with the floors. Council will look at this at budget time.

6. ADOPTION OF MINUTES: Meeting minutes for December 11th, 2018 be approved as presented.

MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Joan Arsenault and carried
THAT the minutes for December 11th, 2018 be approved as presented.


a) Kelly Dr Crack on Sidewalk: Albert was to see the resident and the company and informed them that the community will have the sidewalk fixed this time.
b). Emergency Lights: Albert contacted to electricians and is still waiting to get quotes from both.
c) Contract with St Nicholas: Mayor Jason Woodbury from St Nicholas drew up a draft for c
council to have a look at. The agreement stated that Miscouche will be the sole provider for the fire service for st Nicholas. The liaison for St Nicholas will be Robert Ryhnes and that St Nicholas agrees to pay the levy that will be set by the Miscouche Fire District each year.

MOTION moved by John Searle seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the contract between Rural Municipality of Miscouche and Rural Municipality of St Nicholas be accepted for the fire service.

d) Meet you Neighbour night. Michelle is in the process of filling out a grant and she needs quotes before she can complete it. Jacqueline said that she will get in contact with the company that rent bouncy houses to see what the price is. Ivan said that he will look into getting a quote for the t-shirts and hats

MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the Community apply for a grant to help with the funding for the Meet your Neighbour day.

e) Car Parked on the Sidewalk Kelly Dr: There was a letter sent to the resident to have the car moved so not to impede the sidewalk cleaning on December 4 2018.

MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the resident be sent a final warning be registered mail that if the park is impeding the sidewalk that authorities will be called to have it removed at the residence expense.

f) Table Tennis: We have received a sign up sheet with 7 people showing interest in the program and the resident looking to get it started is looking for the funding to buy the tables.

MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT $500.00 be donated to the Table Tennis Program under the understanding that the tables will belong to the Community if the program does continue.

g) Asset Management: This was discussed and agreed to by previous council that Miscouche would participate in the asset management course for $1500.00

a) Fire Dept: At this time Chief Jason Woodbury gave the following report: Christmas party went very well. They had 13 calls last month mostly medical they have had almost 100 calls this year up more than other years. The undercoating is booked for the fire trucks it just has not been done yet. They had a big House fire in Union Corner and they had to get the High Mac in and this was covered by the insurance company.
b) Planning Board- Building Permits- Main Dr E house that burned last year has been torn down and they will put a prefab on in the spring. Michelle is waiting for the resident to bring the plans from the contractor.
c) Sewer: Already Discussed

d) Firehall Maintenance & Street Lights: Michelle received a quote back from Maritime electric to have the street lights moved from one side of the street to the side with the side walk for a cost of $1,489.73

MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the community go ahead and move the street lights on Kelly to the side of the sidewalk.

e) Community Improvements: Allan received a request from a resident asking for a dog park in the community. Council will have to look into this to see if there is any land to have this.

f) Finance: Michelle asked if she can transfer the $25,000.00 into either the Fire Department Fund account or the Capital Expenditure account as this will need to be done before year end as it was budgeted for.

MOTION moved by Pat MacLellan seconded by Ivan Blanchard and carried
THAT the payment of $25,000.00 be transferred from the operating account into the Fire Department Fund account.


MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Pat MacLellan and carried
THAT the payment of the following bills totaling $25,282.11 is approved.

a) Mayor Phone: Same phone as Monty has Flip phone and it will stay in the community to go to be solely the Mayors phone.

MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the Community pay for the Mayor to have a phone cost about $35.00 a month.

b) Garago: Software program that is being funded by the government for 1 year at a cost of $35.00 monthly on a pilot project. Michelle tested the program and it is a very good program with lots of possibilities. Council had concerns that after using it for a year and the cost will go up and not being able to afford it. Since they will have a big project coming up with the Lagoon they have decided not to invest in it at this time.
c) Unsolved Crimes: Request was made to contribute to the Unsolved Crimes book by putting an ad in for about $225.00. Since council has already given the same thing to the Police Department they have decided to keep contributing to the police department instead.
d) Barking Dog Wilfred St: There was a complaint received from a neighbour about a barking dog. Michelle spoke with complainant and the resident owner to get both sides of the story. She has also contacted the neighbours around them to see if anyone else had an issue with the dog barking. No one seemed to, and since council does not have a by-law on dogs there is really not much they can do. It was suggested to reach out to the humane society and talk to them to see what they think,
e) Budget Meeting: council set the meeting for January 28th at 5:30 with a storm date of January 30th, 2019. This will be to get council familiar with the budget and how the numbers work.
f) CMA: Ivan asked if at the next meeting if he could invite Karen Gallant to get new council familiar with what is taking place in August for the CMA and to let council know what the lay out of the activities will be for Miscouche.

11. NEXT MEETING: February 12th, 2019


MOTION moved by John Searle THAT the meeting of January 8th, 2019 be adjourned.