The August 23, 2022 regular council meeting convened at 6:00 p.m. Present in the office were Reeve, Clayton Canart; Coun.s: Barb Stambuski, Diana MacDonald, Val Caldwell, Denis Lachapelle, and Rea Kinnaird; CAO, Garth Mitchell; and ACAO, Iris Vercaigne. Coun., Mark Humphries was absent.
The Public Utility Board Order No. 92/22 for Wallace-Woodworth Utility 2020 Actual Operating Deficit was reviewed as information.
Council passed the following Resolutions.
No: 22/237 Moved By: Denis Lachapelle Seconded By: Rea Kinnaird that Council approves Progress Payment No. 10 (Project No. W-723.03) from Russell Redi-Mix Concrete in the amount of $62,592.72 (including applicable taxes) for the Elkhorn Lagoon Expansion, Forcemain, and Lift Station; as per the recommendation of JR Cousin Consultants Ltd. Carried
No: 22/238 Moved By: Val Caldwell Seconded By: Barb Stambuski that Council approves Reeve, Clayton Canart and CAO, Garth Mitchell to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with Manitoba Water Services Board on the technical assistance being provided for the Operation and Maintenance of the Wallace-Woodworth Water Supply System. Carried
No: 22/239 Moved By: Diana MacDonald Seconded By: Barb Stambuski that Council appoints Public Works Superintendent, Greg Alberts as the Municipality's Noxious Weed Inspector for the remainder of 2022. Carried
No: 22/240 Moved By: Diana MacDonald Seconded By: Val Caldwell that Council approves General Cheque Nos. 2201423 to 2201613 in the amount of $ 629,299.95; and Direct Deposits in the amount of $ 92,967.78 for a total of $ 722,267.73. Carried
At 6:05 p.m., Reeve Clayton Canart declared conflict of interest and left Council Chambers. Deputy Reeve Val Caldwell assumed the Chair and managed the discussion for the following Resolution
No: 22/241 Moved By: Barb Stambuski Seconded By: Denis Lachapelle that Council approves General Cheque No. 2201554 in the amount of $7,287.74 for payment to Canart Backhoe and Plumbing Services. Carried
Reeve Canart returned to the meeting at 6:06 p.m.
No: 22/242 Moved By: Val Caldwell Seconded By: Diana MacDonald that Council accepts the Financial Statements for the seven-month period ending July 31, 2022, as information. Carried
No: 22/243 Moved By: Val Caldwell Seconded By: Denis Lachapelle that Council approve the GPS and Other Electronics Vehicle Tracking Policy, into the R.M. of Wallace-Woodworth Policy Manual. Carried.
No: 22/244 Moved By: Val Caldwell Seconded By: Rea Kinnaird that Council has no objections or comments to the proposal from Tundra Oil & Gas to construct a Single Well Battery with a flare stack at the Daly (04-19) 102.04-18-010-27 WPM well site. Carried
No: 22/245 Moved By: Rea Kinnaird Seconded By: Barb Stambuski that Council supports the Black Gold Classic with a donation of $350 from the 2022 Special Events/Special Funding allocation. Carried
Council discussed the meeting format for the upcoming Board of Revision Hearing on Nov. 17, 2022. Council advised Administration to keep the Zoom option for applicants who wish to attend virtually.
Council reviewed the correspondence received from Ed Paull Jr. regarding Road 167. Information was shared on the work that Public Works Superintendent, Greg Alberts has done and the proposed brushing to make the trail wider for farm implements to pass.
Council reviewed the July 2022 Permit Report from the Building Inspector/Development Officer.
The Association of Manitoba Municipalities:
• nomination information – executive committee election
• updating accessibility plans for 2022 and 2023
• handbook community development corporations: guidance for municipal accountability
• Canada and Manitoba invest in wastewater treatment and waste management infrastructure projects
• Manitoba government announces plan to increase minimum wage to $15 by October 2023
• statement from premier Heather Stefanson on the appointment of Anita Neville as next lieutenant-governor of Manitoba
S.A.I.L. – thank you letter
Coun., Diana MacDonald shared details from the Aug. 18, Kenton LUD meeting, discussing: WSS/Kenton Municipal Office Accessibility Improvement RFP Results; updates on dust control, seasonal mowing, and WSS.
Resolution No: 22/246 Moved By: Diana MacDonald Seconded By: Val Caldwell that Council accepts the RFP received from Brad Nixon in the amount of $8,460 (exclusive of GST), for the WSS/Kenton Municipal Office Accessibility Improvement - 2022 Sidewalk Construction, as per the recommendation of the Kenton LUD Committee. Carried
Coun., Denis Lachapelle shared details from the Aug. 19, Elkhorn LUD meeting - 2022 Sidewalk Project; grass on the dike; Memorial Marker Tree Stakes upcoming dedication; and Elkhorn Campground.
Reeve Canart reported on Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze; Road 54 Bridge with R.M. of Pipestone; Trans Canada West Planning District; Wallace District Fire Board; Finance Committee; and the retirement party for Dr. Roux.
Coun. Kinnaird reported on the Wallace District Fire Board.
Coun. Stambuski reported on the Trans Canada West Planning District.
Coun. Lachapelle reported on the Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze; and the Elkhorn LUD Committee.
Coun. Caldwell reported on the Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze.
Coun. MacDonald reported on the Kenton LUD Committee; retirement party for Dr. Roux; and Finance Committee.
At 6:30 p.m. Drew Ostash, Legislative Assistant to Hon. Larry Maguire, MP joined as a delegation via Zoom. He shared information on the review process for the Federal Electoral Map which occurs every 10 years. The proposed redistribution shows the R.M. of Wallace-Woodworth and Town of Virden being moved to the Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa riding. A discussion occurred in regard to the commonalities shared within the existing Brandon-Souris riding: trade and labour movement; sector industries such as oil and gas; and trade corridor along PTH 1 between Brandon and the R.M. of Wallace-Woodworth. Council will lobby to be retained in the existing electoral boundaries and will discuss with the Town of Virden regarding the upcoming Public Hearing at the Victoria Inn in Brandon on Sept. 8, 2022.
After a one hour in camera session to discuss land, legal and labour issues council passed one final Resolution No: 22/249 Moved By: Val Caldwell Seconded By: Barb Stambuski that the Council of the R.M. of Wallace-Woodworth hereby recognizes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and close all non-essential services and offices on Sept.30, 2022. Carried
The meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m.