M.D. of Lesser Slave River Council notebook

Sept. 13, 2017
Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Liquor license for SHARA
Council was asked to consider a request from the Smith Hondo Agriculture and Recreation Association (SHARA) for a letter supporting its application for a renewal of its Class ‘C’ liquor license. This is the one it had when it ran a lounge upstairs in the curling rink, and events elsewhere in the community complex in Smith.
However, said M.D. Rural Services Director Russ Jassman, he’d been looking into it, and had concluded the Class ‘C’ was not quite the right thing under the circumstances.
“It’s for a permanent licensed premises, for a club,” he said. “It doesn’t quite work.”
What would work? councillors wanted to know.
A special events license would, said Jassman. In other words, one that would have to be applied for each time.
“You have to plan ahead a bit more,” he said. “But it’s not onerous.”
Councillor Mike Skrynyk agreed.
“I don’t see Class ‘C’ as being appropriate,” he said. “It’s not like they’re in the hall all the time.”
Another possibility, Jassman noted, is to engage the services of an organization that does have a Class ‘C’ license to run the bar at your event, such as the Legion.
Council passed a motion to proceed as recommended, which is to say in favour of requiring SHARA to apply for special events licenses for events at the Smith hall.

Smith library roof
Two bids were received for the job of putting a metal roof on the Smith library. Council approved the recommendation to award the contract to the low bidder – AK Exteriors. The bid price was $9,800.

Cable barrier on Old Smith Highway
The M.D. had budgeted for a cable barrier along a section of the Old Smith Highway this year. Admin was all set to recommend that the job be awarded to the low bidder, but late-breaking developments put the kibosh on that for the time being.
“The road slid away on the south side,” said M.D. Director of Transportation Bill Klassen. “It makes it not realistic to put cable barriers in at this time.”
Councillor Fulmore: “Is this the same place it slid before?”
Klassen: “Yes, and it cost $300,000 to fix.”
As for what happens next, “Stay tuned,” Klassen said.

Fix for Flatbush bridge
A late addition to the agenda was a proposal to spend $20,000 to fix up a damaged bridge near Flatbush, over the Flatbush Creek.
“This has cropped up,” said Klassen. “There’s an opportunity to fix it this year while we have the contractor on site (in the area).”
For the time being, the state of the bridge has caused a ban on heavy equipment crossing it, causing inconvenience.
Councillor Robert Esau expressed the opinion that the M.D. might as well spend its money creating another access to the area over high ground that avoids the creek.
“Do you think you could do that for $20,000?” asked Klassen, rhetorically.
“Surely less than building a bridge,” said Esau.
However, his idea gained no traction around the table.
The fix, as proposed, “should buy us about 10 years?” asked reeve Murray Kerik.
“I think so,” said Klassen. “It’s a one or two-day fix.”
“Soon?” asked Esau.
“Should be,” said Klassen.

Extra cash for Visitor Information Centre exterior
The job of re-staining the exterior walls of the Visitor Information Centre is going to cost quite a bit more than anticipated. Thirteen thousand dollars, to be exact.
Judging by the discussion (there was no written report), the contractor has discovered some staining in spots that will require labour-intensive work to correct. This was not on in the original scope of work.
“That was an error on my part,” said Klassen.
“Could it (the staining) happen again?” asked councillor Skrynyk.
Keeping snow away from the walls should prevent it, Klassen said.
“I don’t like add-ons,” said councillor Pearson.
I don’t either, said councillor Esau, but “once in a while we just have to bite the bullet.”
Making the bullet easier to bite is the fact the cost on the project is split 50/50 with the Town of Slave Lake.

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