M.D. of Lesser Slave River Council notebook

Sept. 13, 2017
Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Public works shop work
The bids are in on a project to rearrange the M.D.’s Slave Lake public works shop to provide a decent meeting room for the crew. Budgeted at $15,000, the job goes to ABNT Eavestroughing of Slave Lake for $14,274.

FCSS grants to two applicants
Council approved grants of Family and Community Support Services money to the Smith Early Intervention Association (playschool) and the Town of Slave Lake FCSS. In the first case it was for the requested $4,440. In the second it was for $1,330.
The TOSL FCSS request was for help funding ‘Family Fun Nights.’ Requested was $2,000. Peggy Laing’s written report for council said there were several methods of calculating what the M.D. share of the cost might be. One was a percentage of the total cost, based on expected participation level by M.D. residents. On past occasions it had been around 30 per cent. Council picked that formula, resulting in the above number.

Policy for memorial benches
People have been asking the M.D. for direction when it comes to donating benches in memory of people. In response, a policy had been drafted, setting out M.D. expectations regarding such matters as placement and type of materials.
Councillors were generally in favour of the idea, but councillor Brad Pearson thought it too restrictive to limit the policy to benches. What if somebody wants to leave a fire pit, or a backstop in memory of someone? Drop the word ‘benches’ from the title, he suggested. Make it more general.
Councillor Skrynyk was against trying to cover all eventualities.
“I think it covers all the bases,” he said. “I don’t think we need a policy for everything.”
Council approved the policy.

No need for a new policy on hall rentals
Council had another policy-amendment proposal to consider. It suggested a ‘tweak’ to the policy on M.D. hall rentals, to the effect that rentals for major milestone events such as 100th birthdays be for free. But councillor Skrynyk jumped all over that notion.
“This is ridiculous!” he said, not pulling his punches. “We don’t have to have it laid out in black and white. We’re never going to have a policy that covers everything.”
Skrynyk made a motion to leave well enough alone. As long as discretion is allowed, no changes are needed.
Council went with that.
Skrynyk then made another motion to waive the fee for 100th birthday celebrations, which passed as well.

Board reports
Regional Health Advisory Council – Brian Rosche reported on a meeting of this body in High Prairie, which included a tour of that community’s new hospital.
“Unbelievable,” said Rosche, and went on to talk about 67 long-term rooms, 30 patient rooms, 20 examination rooms and so on.
“They say they have 60 applications from doctors to work there.”
Slave Lake, on the other hand, has six physicians at the moment, and five nurse practitioners. Three more physicians are being recruited, with two expected to begin in the middle of next year.

Rosche said he’s still hearing complaints about long waits at the Family Care Clinic.
Councillor Garry Horton said he couldn’t speak highly enough about the staff at the hospital in Slave Lake, based on a recent experience. Councillor Pearson agreed: “Service is second to none,” he said. “It’s the amount the facility is able to handle that is the issue.”




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