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Monthly Council Meeting
January 9th, 2024


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


Albert Gallant – Mayor
Allan Parks – Deputy Mayor
Ivan Blanchard- Councillor
Charles MacAusland- Councillor
Corey Gillis- Councillor
Patrick MacLellan Councillor
Jonathan Gallant 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 government took out some curbing on Lady Slipper Dr N. There were 6 garbage cans in the middle of the sidewalk on Wilfred St, we are keeping an eye on this as to ensure that it does not impede snow removal. Also, it might be a good time to start looking at replacing the Bobcat the fuel injectors were just replaced.

4. ADOPTION OF MINUTES: Monthly Meeting December 12th, 2023.

MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Charles MacAusland and carried.
THAT the minutes for the Monthly Meeting December 12th, 2023, be approved as presented.

a) West Lagoon Upgrades: They will be doing a few things around the Lagoon over winter but the majority of the work will be done in the Spring. .
b) Wilfred St: Still waiting for the invoice for the project.
c) Restructuring the community: We have received confirmation that since December 23, 2023 the restructuring has been approved by government.
d) Oath of Office for New Council Members.  Patrick MacLellan and Jonathan Gallant both took their oath of office in front of council. Council congratulated them on being an official member of council.
e) Budget: The budget is being worked on and waiting for the fire department to complete theirs so the figures can be worked in. The public meeting for the Budget will be February 27, 2024 @ 7 pm and the Approval date will be March 12 2024 at the Monthly meeting.
f) Hydrant: The pump has been ordered and the rest of the project will be completed in the spring.
g) Fire Dues St Nicholas: St Nicholas responded to the request of a 2% increase over 1 year term. They would accept a 3 year term for the 2% increase. They also wanted to be notified 3 months in advance prior to the expiration date of the contact to discuss any increases.

MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Pat Maclellan and carried.
THAT the Community accept the 3-year term with an increase of 2% for the Fire Dues for the Rural Municipality of St Nicholas.

h) Share the Road- Pilot Program ATV Club: Council will have a public meeting January 24, 2024, for all residents advising them that the ATV Club is looking for a letter of support to be sent to the government to be able to share the roads in the community.   Council will see what the residents concerns are before they decided on sending a support letter.                                       I) Minister Arsenault called to reschedule for the February meeting.


a) Fire Dept: Councilor MacAusland gave the following report. 4 calls last month.2 spots were filled for the department, and they will be on a 6-month probation. The department is looking to get a photo taken some time this year and wanted to know if council wanted to get theirs done at the same time. Counillor MacAusland also stated that the community should be looking to increase the budget amount for the new fire truck to either $75,000 or $100,000 as the cost of a fire truck is steadily increasing. It was also discussed about the 30-year medals, and the community doing it as an acknowledgment of long-standing members.

MOTION moved by Charles MacAusland seconded by Jonathan Gallant
THAT the community get the 30 + year medals by doing their own casting and have the medals printed when needed.

Allan voted No.  Motion was carried.

Chief Woodbury went over the fire department budget with council.

b) Recreation, Park, Playgrounds and Green Spaces: Councilor MacAusland gave the following
report: The RCMP was contacted about the damage to the camera at the rec center. They visited the youth and spoke with the parents.  The father contacted the office and stated that the youth will do an apology letter to council.  CAO Perry spoke with the father today and the youth has the letter done, however he is with his mom this week.  So, he will drop it off next week and he also wants to pay the $150.00 for the damage to the camera.
c)  Water & Sewer:  Councilor Gillis had nothing to report, but wanted to know if JC Drilling had completed his work that needed to be fixed.  CAO Perry will check into that.
d) Repairs, Maintenance and Village Properties: Councilor Blanchard gave the following report: The heat will be turned on at the Fire hall and the Rec Center this week.
e) PEI Federation of Municipalities: Mayor Gallant appointed Councillor MacLellan to the seat of the PEI Federation of Municipalities. And also, Mayor Gallant appointed Councillor Gallant to Recreation, Park, Playgrounds and Green Spaces.

MOTION moved by Charles MacAusland seconded by Corey Gillis and carried
THAT the Patrick MacLellan be appointed to the PEI Federation of Municipalities.

f) Finances, Budgets, Pay Committee, Bylaws and Planning:  Councillor Parks gave the following report: The budget is being worked, and it will be presented to council to view before the public meeting. Their will be a meeting with the pay committee soon to go over staff wages, and honorariums. Also, once the budget is completed a committee for bylaws will be put together and reviewed for changes that need to take place.


MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Corey Gillis and carried.
THAT the payment of the bills totaling $ 1,065,345.28 be approved.


a) Code of Conduct Training: CAO Perry asked if anyone had completed the training.  Some of the council advised that they did not receive the email.  CAO Perry will get in touch with Municipal Affairs and have them resend the information.
b) Funding for the Generator for Rec Center. The funding was approved for ACOA. Which will pay the remainder of the generator cost for the project on the condition that we have the product by March 31 2024.
c) Bulletin going out to all the residents advising of the upcoming special meetings and the pancake breakfast.

9. NEXT MEETING: Monthly Meeting February 13th, 2024

MOTION moved by Charles MacAusland THAT the meeting of January 9th, 2024, be adjourned.