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New steering committee announced for Kola

Kenton and Elkhorn kick off the Christmas season
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Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth

The council of the Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth met on Nov. 23.

A group of community stakeholders has been formed to encourage growth in Kola, and to ensure that the growth is sustainable. The new committee members are Jennifer Lesnar, Alida Martens, Traci Koop, Brock Koop, Ken Mariano, Adam Bajus and Rhett Penner.

The seventh annual Southwest Business Expo is coming to Deloraine on Feb. 7, 2024. This business event features speakers, panel presentations, a trade show, networking opportunities and a Dragon’s Den style business pitch competition. The prizes for the competition have exceeded $10,000 each year. Here over 100 entrepreneurs gather to take advantage of this opportunity for business development and growth. Council approved a contribution to the event of $250, with a matching in-kind contribution of $250 in goods and services. They also committed to $1000 for the Wallace-Woodworth Best Pitch Competition.

The Elkhorn community Christmas light-up event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2 and council approved the closing of Railway St. for about 500 feet south of Richhill Ave. Until a few years ago sleigh rides for the public were a popular feature of the event, but rising costs for liability insurance and other factors put a hold on this activity. This year council was asked for assistance to bring the sleigh rides back and approved a grant of $1000 toward the cost of obtaining the sleigh ride. The event will be added to the Wallace-Woodworth insurance policy at no extra cost.

Organizers for all community events are encouraged to make application for grants at an early date to ensure that funds will be available to support them.

Contributors to the Elkhorn Park renewal project will be recognized by a 12 x 20 inch plaque made by Rapid City Memorials.

Kenton’s Santa Brunch will once again bless the community and council approved a grant of $1000 toward the cost of the event.

The Kenton Community Action Committee is going to help keep the town clean by installing two sets of garbage bins and two sets of dog waste bins.

The Souris River Watershed District (SRWD) informed council that Brock Koop and Coun. Lyle Kinnaird have been appointed to the SRWD board of directors.

Ducks Unlimited sent a notice of intent to file a caveat on NE/SW 11-12-25 W1 in order to create a conservation agreement on the land. The agreement means that the landowner can graze and cut hay without restriction but any wetland and upland areas that form part of the agreement can’t be broken or drained. Council noted that while these projects are generally beneficial, they have maintenance costs and could be abandoned in the future potentially causing water control issues for the municipality.

Construction of the Ward 2 shop is progressing and council approved payment to Penner Lumber of $29,205.09 for the exterior metal siding on the building.

According to their website, Canoe Procurement Group is a Canada wide organization that assists municipalities “by combining the purchasing power of over 5,000 public and not-for-profit organizations throughout Canada” and by providing products and services at preferred rates. Council questioned whether municipal water utilities are able to purchase through the trading company and administration is investigating that possibility.

Coun. Val Caldwell reported on the Hamiota District Health Centre Foundation meeting. Hamiota is currently one nurse, three nurse aids and 2.5 doctors short. Several first-year medical students spent Rural Week in the Hamiota facility, and council discussed options to encourage these students to return to a rural hospital after they graduate.

Due to a recent incident, council suggested that a security officer might be needed at the clinic.

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