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RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MISCOUCHE
Monthly Council Meeting
October 12th, 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
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.
Covid – 19 Vax Policy has been put in place and there is only 3 members that have not been fully vaccinated and they are working on getting them. Also they have brought on a Chaplin for the department which will be a good resource for the department for counseling fire fighters when they are on a bad call. This position does not require any extra cost for the department. The memorial was a big success and he received lots of good feedback. Jason also thanked council on all there involvement in the project. They are still waiting for the Governor General to meet with the department to present them with the Covid 19 warrior coin. Halloween Night they will be staffing the hall from 8-12 and they wanted to know if council would donate towards food again this year. #112 is still out of service due to the brakes, and palmers is still trying to get a solution to fix them. Christmas party is December 4th at 6:00 pm and council needs to let Gary know who is attending.
John Searle gave the following report; They had 2 calls last month and Ground Search and Rescue will be using the upstairs for some of their training.
Albert thanks Jason and John for the report.
MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by Ivan Blanchard and carried
THAT the Community donate $200.00 to the Fire department to cover food for Halloween as they will be staffing the fire hall from 8-12 pm.
4. MAINTENANCE REPORT: Monty MacAusland gave the following report: Everything is good in the community and the final grass cutting was done for the season. All the playground equipment will be taking in for the season by the end of the month. And he spoke with JC Drilling and they are going to try to get the worst of the repairs done on Gillis St before Winter sets in.
5. REC CENTER REPORT: Covid-19 Vax is in place for the bingo and it has been going good., staff did not have to turn anyone away that did not have their records.
6. ADOPTION OF MINUTES: Meeting minutes for September 14th, 2021
MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the minutes for September 14th, 2021 be approved as presented.
7. BUSINESS ARISING:
a)West Lagoon ICIP Funding: There is still no word if the funding was approved yet. And the land transfer the papers are with Linkletter’s lawyers since April to be signed. Albert said that he will touch base with Linkletter’s to see when they will be signed.
b) Church Property: The letter is ready to be sent to the committee about purchasing the land in front of the church for green-space for the community if they are looking to sell the property.
c) Burnt House of Wilfred St: Michelle was speaking with the new owner and they have filled out a demolition permit to have the house tore down by Halloween.
d) Snow Removal Contract: council received another quote from a different company to remove snow. And also 2 quotes on purchasing a tractor for the community. After some discussion council decided not to buy this year but maybe getting a committee together to see if there is a better option like second hand equipment or renting equipment for the season. And for this year to have someone else do the snow removal.
MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the community accept the tender from CLS Holding to do the Snow Removal for the 2021/2022 season at $6,900.00 paid over a 4 month period.
e) Sidewalks on Wilfred St: Council has still not heard back from the engineer on what the community can do for sidewalks on Wilfred St. Albert said that he will contact the engineer to see if there has been any progress on this.
f) Sewer Maintenance Contract: Michelle received some contracts from other communities and what they pay for the services. And provided this to council for review. Council decided that they will leave their contract as is for now.
8. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
a) Fire Dept: Fire Service Review: Michelle sent a message to Bill for an update and is still waiting. Hopefully council will have the review for next meeting.
b) Planning Board- Development Permits- 7 Heritage & 77 Lady Slipper Dr N both building storage Sheds.
c) Sewer: Rate Increase over the next 5 Years: Michelle is getting ready to do the application with IRAC and wanted to know from council what they have decided on the increase.
MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by Allan Parks and carried
THAT the Community increase the Sewer rate to $40.00 a year for the next 5 years.
Pat MacLellan opposed Motion carried.
d) Firehall Maintenance & Street Lights: Pat will check Main Dr W to see if there are any street lights out that need to be reported.
e) Community Improvements: Jacqueline Lecky advised that the Skate park equipment is due to arrive around the first of November and will need to be built before we can receive the grant for funding.
f) Finances: Everything is good.
9. APPROVAL OF BILLS TOTALING $ 28,671.18
MOTION moved by Pat MacLellan seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the payment of the bills totaling $ 28,671.18 is approved.
10. NEW BUSINESS:
a) Pesticides in the community: A resident in the community sent an email about residents in the neighborhood using a pesticide for weeds and wanted to know if it was possible to have this banned from the community. Council discussed this and has decided at this time they are not going to create a Bylaw to ban pesticide in the community as they do not have a Bylaw enforcement officer to police this, and this can be an issue that is hard to enforce.
b) Home for Christmas Donation: Council received a request for the annual donation for the Home for Christmas Tree Lighting.
MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Joan Arsenault and carried
THAT the community donate $100.00 to the Annual Home for Christmas Tree Lighting in memory of all deceased residents.
c) Clean Up Order: 100 Lady Slipper Dr S this property has not been cleaned up since the last letter was sent April 2021. Council has decided to serve the resident with a clean up order that will be in effect for 1 year as per the Unsightly Property Bylaw.
d) Eddie Laughlin Award: It was discussed at the last meeting to have this award be given at the Christmas Party. Council has reviewed again and has decided to do this at the next meeting at 7 pm. Michelle will make sure that all recipients and their nominator will be there.
e) Sledding Hill in the Community: Pat MacLellan was in touch with the school and they gave permission to put it on the School property. Pat will scope out a good place for it before the snow.
11. NEXT MEETING: November 9th, 2021
12. MEETING ADJOURNED
MOTION moved by John Searle THAT the meeting of October 12th, 2021 be adjourned.