RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MISCOUCHE
Monthly Council Meeting
July 12th, 2022
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(absent)
John Searle- Councillor
Ivan Blanchard- Councillor
Joan Arsenault – Councillor (absent)
Michelle Perry- CAO
2. Declaration of Conflict of Interest: No one declared a conflict of interest.
3. FIRE DEPARTMENT: Councillor John Searle gave the following report: The uniforms have been fitted and ordered. There are no restrictions in the department anymore for Covid. The department had training on electric vehicles, and the $10,000.00 from the government has not been spent yet.
b) Fire Hydrant: Allan parks gave a report on the Fire Hydrant: He was speaking with environment, and they stated that we did not need to get a consultant to tell us where the water is we just need to provide some PID # and how many gallons of water per minute they need to fill the trucks. Once we have this information Allan will meet with environment to see if we can use the locations.
c) Insurance: Council had time to review the insurance from both providers and after discussing it they have decided to go back to the current provider and see what they can provide in comparison to the new provider and then they will review it again.
4. MAINTENANCE REPORT: Monty MacAusland for maintenance gave the following report:
There have been some concerns at the parks recently. Some teenagers have been climbing on the top of the playground equipment at the park on Kelly Dr, and not letting young kids play on it, and also putting the swings over the top of the swing sets so they cannot be used. Also, at the skate park the kids have been hauling equipment onto the grass again, which in turn makes his job more difficult for cutting grass. Michelle informed him that if he has to remove it off the grass again to take it and put it back behind the shed. Jacqueline said that she will investigate to see if she can find out who is doing it or why they are doing it.
5. REC CENTER REPORT: Councillor Jacqueline Lecky gave the following report: The bingo attendance has been going down over the last few weeks, so we will continue to monitor over the next couple of weeks to see if they come back up. It seems to be down everywhere with the cost of everything going up people are watching what and when they spend their money. Also, the staff have has had an extra 50/50 since May 8 and they have raised a little over $1000.00. They have purchased 6 new flat screens for the bingo for $750.00. and they will continue to save as the next purchase will be a new bingo machine. Since the TV ‘s were purchased, it was suggested to get wall mounts for them and get rid of the big boxes on the wall. Michelle will look at purchasing these.
MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by Ivan Blanchard and carried
THAT the community purchase 6 wall mounts for the new TVs for the Rec Center.
6. ADOPTION OF MINUTES: Meeting minutes for June 14th, 2022
MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the minutes for June 14th, 2022 be approved as presented.
7. BUSINESS ARISING:
a) West Lagoon Upgrades: Michelle gave the following report: She received an email from Luc on the progress and he stated that in speaking with environment that they stated that we do not need a Wetland Delineation. And that the sludge sampling was done last week. And they are currently in Plant Design Pre-Study Phase. The tenders will go out in October and the construction will start in late spring.
b) Welcome Signs in the community: Ivan got a price from Dan’s Muffler to wrap the welcome sign and he gave the information to the Museum as they paid for the last ones. They will check with their board of directors to see if they will replace the signs.
c) Speeding on Laughlin: Jacqueline stated that the RCMP spoke with the person who was speeding, and it seemed to be better for a while, and now it’s back to the way it was. This seems to be a problem in the whole community.
d) Efficiency Audit: The paperwork was submitted and there has been no word back yet.
8. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
a) Fire Dept: Already discussed.
b) Planning Board- Development Permits- 4 Laughlin St New Dwelling
c) Sewer: bills will be going out with the interest on them for the late payers.
d) Firehall Maintenance & Street Lights: Used Blower: Borden is interested in it as well and a construction company from O’leary, but the office had not heard anything back from either of the interested parties.
e) Community Improvements: There was some damage done to the siding on the garbage hut at the rec center and there were 3 bags of foliage that caught fire next to the maintenance hut which resulted in 5 pieces of the siding that melted on the building. Council wanted this reported to the RCMP.
9. APPROVAL OF BILLS TOTALING $ 25,877.27
MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the payment of the bills totaling $ 25,877.27 be approved.
10. NEW BUSINESS:
a) Thank you, cards, Council received 2 thank you cards 1 from the Blanchard family for flowers for the late Jean Blanchard and a thank you card from the Bursary winner Wilson Lecky.
b) Electric Vehicle Charging Station: there is some funding available for electric charging stations and it was suggested to have one in the community. After some discussion there was other questions about cost, so Ivan will look into and see what he can find out.
c) Pride PEI: council received a request to have the pride flag flown from July 16- July 24. council will participate as they do have a flag.
11. NEXT MEETING: August 9th, 2022
12. MEETING ADJOURNED
MOTION moved by John Searle THAT the meeting of July 12th, 2022 be adjourned.