At the Prairie View Municipality regular meeting, Jan. 10, council received two delegations.
Kyle Enns, manager of Fusion Credit Union, attended at the request of council to bring his perspective on the importance of cyber security to prevent internet fraud. According to CAO Charlene Bonchuk, although the Prairie View is already taking measures to prevent this kind of attack, Enns was able to inform council about other things they can do to improve protection of their financial data.
Municipal Emergency Co-ordinator Wes Anderson attended to update council on emergency training and preparedness. He described a full-scale emergency exercise that was organized when a building was intentionally burned at Beulah. This type of real life training can not be duplicated in a classroom situation.
The Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) is a $3.225 billion fund designed to help connect 98 per cent of Canadians to reliable high-speed Internet by 2026 and 100 per cent of Canadians by 2030. Council passed a resolution to support the Park West Fibre Optic COOP application for the UBF.
Council approved the proposed subdivision of a property on Highway 16 east of Foxwarren to allow the development of a fertilizer facility in the general agricultural zone subject to a conditional use order, a variation order, a plan of subdivision and hydro easements.
A transfer of $3931.38 from general reserve was approved to cover a cost overrun for the Birtle rural shop fence.
The transfer of $76,505 from the Machinery Reserve for the 2022 NH C332 skid steer was approved.
Since the Royal Bank branch located in Birtle closed in November 2022 Royal Bank members no longer have a local Branch to access. Council of Prairie View Municipality approved that Royal Bank investigate placing an ATM in the Town of Birtle.