Running would be more fun if there was a shelter at the start and end
The weather isn’t always as nice as ‘fun run’ organizers would like. It would be handy to have a shelter of some sort at the beginning and end of such fundraising outings, but there’s a difficulty. As explained for council by Gail Ungstad of the United Way, it’s not that shelter options aren’t there – the MRC and Legacy Centre are two possibilities. The trouble is neither of those facilities are on approved routes for holding such runs.
“We do have to look at the safety aspect of it,” observed town CAO Brian Vance.
Mayor Warman asked Ungstad to make recommendations to town staff.
Water line breaks
Water lines in part of the southeast are springing leaks so often they’ll soon be more patches than original pipe. Vance didn’t say exactly that in his report to council on the most recent break at 9th St. and 12th Ave. He said the section of line is in poor shape and the latest break is only about 20 feet from the last one. The plan is eventually to replace it.
Council approved a list of 20 amendments to the Land-use Bylaw. This is the kind of stuff you don’t even realize exists until you apply for a permit to build something and find out there are all kinds of rules.
The amendments run the gamut from definitions of what’s permissible in bulk propane storage, residential driveways and setbacks, to rules around vacated commercial buildings.
Zoning change proposed at Main and Caribou
Council gave first reading to three bylaw changes on the same property re-zoning application. The applicant wants to set up an industrial-type business at the north end of Main St. and can’t do it under the ‘Downtown’zoning. If it goes ahead as anticipated, it would change to ‘Industrial’ zoning.
A public hearing on the zoning change is scheduled for March 21, 2017.
Vance introduced two new town employees (who were not present). Kellirae Carleton and Melyssa Sarty will both be working in the Parent Link program – Carleton as an early childhood development assistant and Sarty as an outreach worker.
Social Work Week
Per a request from the Alberta College of Social Workers, mayor Tyler Warman proclaimed March 5 – 11 Social Work Week in Slave Lake. The theme this year is ‘The Power to Empower.’
Rail Safety Week
In a similar vein, council approved and the mayor proclaimed April 24 to 30 Rail Safety Week in Slave Lake. According to a letter from Operation Lifesaver president Stephen Covey, the idea is “to emphasize the need for railways, communities and members of the public to work together to prevent the avoidable accidents, (etc.) caused by collisions at level crossings, and incidents involving trains and citizens.
Another “very busy week,” Warman reported. One thing that made it so was the byelection forum on Feb. 16. Warman mentioned that the town streamed the event online and got lots of good feedback.
“Good luck to both,” he said.
On the Legacy Centre file, Warman says he’s learning lots about mechanical systems, and a firm has been hired to check out the boilers.
Warman said he’d also spent time on the phone with the Chief of the Swan River First Nation, answering questions about the regional waterline project and “working through their concerns.”
Finally, “We hope to meet with the new Minister of Municipal Affairs,” Warman said, “and talk about moving projects ahead – especially the FireSmart training centre.”