COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES – September 14 2021

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RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF MISCOUCHE
Monthly Council Meeting
September 14th, 2021

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

Present:
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.
Memorial is set for this coming Saturday the 18th, and we are waiting for final approval from CPHO for the operational plan to have 300 people. And he is asking that mask are encouraged so he would appreciate if council would show their support and wear mask at the event. #121 needs back tires and #112 the brakes went and they are having issues trying to find parts for them as truck is so old they don’t make parts for them anymore. So the mechanic is looking in Moncton. Summer party was a success and the Christmas party is December 4th at 6:00 pm and Gary needs numbers soon. They have received 3 applications for Deputy Chief and the interviews will be done sometime in October. John Searle added the following with Halloween approaching their was some concerns about the burnt house on Wilfred St. ( Michelle is still trying to reach the new owner.) And the department had 4 calls last month.

Albert thanks Jason and John for the report.

4. MAINTENANCE REPORT: Monty MacAusland gave the following report: Everything is good in the community and the grass cutting is slowing down.

5. REC CENTER REPORT: There are a few post rotted off in-between the school and the Rec Centre and it was asked if they can be removed or if council wants them replaced. It was suggested to contact the school to see if they own them or if the community does before they are removed. Bingo are going well there was no bingo last Sunday due to the center being booked for the advance polls.

6. ADOPTION OF MINUTES: Meeting minutes for August 10th, Special Meeting September 1st and Special Meeting September 13th, 2021

MOTION moved by Ivan Blanchard seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the minutes for August 10th, Special meeting September 1st and Special meeting September 13th, 2021 be approved as presented.

7. BUSINESS ARISING:
a)West Lagoon ICIP Funding: There is still no word if the funding was approved yet.
b) Heritage Greenspace: councillor Ivan suggested that maybe a letter should be sent out to all the residents to see what they wanted to be done with the greenspace. As he wanted to make sure that all the residents got a say. There was some discussions and it was decided that last meeting council advised that the greenspace would stay as is and they will leave it at that.
c) Solar Panels for Rec Center: Council received 1 quote and is waiting for another. Council had a discussion about the timing of the project and that their were other projects that would need to come first like Wilfred St. Council agreed to wait for the other quotes to come in but the project will not be a high priority at this time.
e) Utility Bylaw: Councillor Jacqueline read the 2nd reading of the Sewer Utility Corporation Bylaw 2021-01.

MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by Pat MacLellan and carried
THAT the 2nd reading for the Sewer Utility Corporation Bylaw 2021-01 be approved as read.

MOTION moved by Jacqueline Lecky seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the Sewer Utility Corporation Bylaw 2021-01 be adopted as presented.

d) Snow Removal Contract: Council received 1 tender for the snow removal contract and it was almost triple of last year tender. So council decided not to accept the contract and to get a few more quotes and also price what it would cost to rent equipment for the snow season. And this will be reviewed at the next meeting.

8. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
a) Fire Dept: Already Discussed
b) Planning Board- Development Permits- 33 Main Dr W storage Shed.
c) Sewer: October bills will go out soon, and there are a few residents that are still behind. So if the past due amounts are not paid by November then disconnect notices will be sent out. Also with the new rate increase after the 5 years council will have to look at extra billing during the year.
d) Firehall Maintenance & Street Lights: Roof at the fire hall in the bay is still leaking.
e) Community Improvements: nothing to discuss
f) Finances: Annual contribution to the fire dept fund.

MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the community contribute $50,000.00 from the General Fund into the Fire Department Fund as per the budget agreement.

9. APPROVAL OF BILLS TOTALING $ 67,206.40

MOTION moved by Allan Parks seconded by John Searle and carried
THAT the payment of the bills totaling $ 67,206.40 is approved.

10. NEW BUSINESS:
a) Church property at the Corner: It was suggested that council submit a letter to the church property and finance that the community would like to purchase the property in front of the church if they are ever looking to see the property for $1.00 and all the legal fees to keep the property as greenspace for all residents to use.
b) Christmas decorating Contest: Council is interested in doing it again this year and the judging will be December 20th, 2021. This will go into the upcoming newsletter.
c) Proclamation of the Municipal Volunteer Fire Fighters: CAO Michelle read the Proclamation for Miscouche & St Nicholas for declaring September 18th the annual day to honor volunteer fire fighters in our communities.

MOTION moved by John Searle seconded by Jacqueline Lecky and carried
THAT the proclamation be accepted as read.

d) Newsletter: The newsletter will go out for October November and December if anyone has anything to add please have it to Michelle by September 24th,

11. NEXT MEETING: October 12th, 2021

12. MEETING ADJOURNED

MOTION moved by John Searle THAT the meeting of September 14th, 2021 be adjourned.

 

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