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Town of Lumsden Council Meeting - Sept 7, 2021

·4 min read

Mayor Matheson congratulated the Duck Derby committee on their work for the 2021 Duck Derby. He said, “Lumsden looked very good yesterday. Lots of people smiling and lots of people from out of town. I had lots of very good comments. The Shriners couldn’t get over how good Lumsden was.”

He said the parade was great and suggested the town send a note to the Derby committee thanking them for their work. Council agreed and made motioned to do so. The town’s webpage also noted their commendations on the excellent work on the Duck Derby.

Councillor Barber reported that Todd Wilson hosted the Cindy Wilson memorial golf tournament on the Saturday of the Duck Derby. Barber said the event was a resounding success that generated nearly $2000 and donated to the Cindy Wilson Fund at Lumsden Elementary School. He said, “For those of us that knew Cindy and knew her well it’s a really nice way to honour her.” He said for those that didn’t know, Cindy was a long-time teacher at Lumsden Elementary School. He said many of her former students participate in the golf tournament, which has become a very nice event.

Councillor Rhonda Phillips said the Grand Opening for the Wastewater Treatment Plant was postponed until October 15th due to the Federal Election. She said this was because they couldn’t advertise that they received funding from the Federal Government during an election.

Councillor Jenelle Brennan reported the rink has been operational since July 31st, with ice times quickly filling up for the season. She said the rink had received a liquor license, and attendees can now purchase drinks at the canteen. The rink is also offering skate sharpening, and the board is looking for more board members. The AGM is scheduled for Tuesday, September 21st.

Council discussed the new federal statutory holiday on September 30th for Truth and Reconciliation. Chief Administrative Officer Monica Merkosky noted that anyone not federally regulated does not have to observe the holiday; however, the City of Regina is. She said the municipal office was planning on working that day. Merkosky said she was not sure what the Province was planning on doing but noted she had not received any notification of any new information.

Councillor Byron Tumbach noted that some collective agreements include language that if there is a new national holiday, the employees covered under the agreement would also receive the day off regardless of their Province of residence. He said that they see these agreements in some of the care home has in place.

CAO Merkosky noted that a totem pole in town was evaluated for some restoration work. Because it was determined the pole wasn’t going to last in its location, the town moved it to the museum, where it would be rehabilitated.

Merkosky noted there might be an opportunity with the help of some truth and reconciliation funding to move the totem pole to another location in the community.

The Zoom link address is now on the town’s website with the list of agendas. It was noted that the link doesn’t change, and members of the public who want to view the meeting can access it at their convenience.

The Town of Lumsden received $109,531.20 from the Canada Community-Building Funds, formerly the ‘Gas Tax.’ Those funds will be placed into the Town’s Utility Reserve.

Merkosky noted that the RM Council agrees with Councillor Verne Barber that the joint administration committee should meet more regularly. The next meeting will be in November to discuss the Fire Department and Library Budget and joint administration staffing for 2022.

Mayor Bryan Matheson started the forum and provided some information to the Council on the Mayor’s Summer School he attended. Matheson said the conference was very good, with 58 Municipal Mayors in attendance. He commended the big city mayors in attendance because it showed unity in SUMA and that issues that can be big or small are the same for both larger and smaller municipalities.

The Mayor recommended that the Council should meet three times over the summer in 2022 instead of 2. The additional meeting would mean that decisions on town business would be more timely. Merkosky said direction had been given to have three meetings booked in when the schedule is made.

Council discussed the Development Levy Bylaw. Assistant Administrator Krystal Strong explained this to LMT when we asked for help understanding the bylaw. She said, “this bylaw outlines what fee the municipality will charge for subdivision/Development. The charges are based on the following:

Here is the link to the bylaw if you want to read more: https://lumsden.ca/app/uploads/2014/10/Bylaw-08-2016-Development-Levy-Bylaw-1.pdf

The motion Council made on this was to refer it to the Group I committee, which is meeting closer to the end of the month, for discussion. And that Councillor Phillips would be permitted to participate in that conversation (she is technically on the Group II Committee).”

The next meeting will be on September 21st at 6:30 pm.

Jennifer Argue, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Last Mountain Times

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