RM of Piapot held its monthly meeting on December 16th at Piapot. Present were Councillors, Travis Harlick, Lorne Kusler, Clay Moorhead, Kelly Bertram, Harvey Baker, Doug Casey, Graham Markert, Road Foreman Billy Noble, Administrator Jenny Robinson and myself, Reeve John Wagner.
Not a lot coming out of the division reports, Billy has been out with the grader trying to fix some spots with washboard. While we were at the meeting a call did come in for the snowplow on a road up in the hills. We had a discussion about the 60 kph signs by yard sites and the fact that there is no sign indicating the end of the speed zone. It was decided to add “Past Yard-site” to the signs so that you know it is a short speed reduction. The fan motor on the furnace in the fire hall quit. Harvey and Billy moved the fire trucks into the RM shop until the furnace was repaired. We also had Ron Schaal make a new sign for the Piapot Fire Hall. Harvey Baker is our fire chief and he oversees the trucks and building.
Council dealt with a number of housekeeping items. Code of Ethics Bylaw, Water and Sewer Rates Bylaw, Harassment Policy, meeting dates for the next year, water and sewer arrears and tax enforcement on essentially abandoned lots in order to get title. We also did the committee appointments for 2017. Normally those are done at the November meeting with the new council. Our council didn’t change so we delayed it to the December meeting. The appointments are as follows: Cypress Health Region Hospital Trust Committee is Graham Markert and Lorne Kusler, Eastend Trust Advisory Committee is John Wagner, Southwest Municipal Gov’t Committee is Graham Markert, Swift Current Watershed Committee and Sustainable Canada Conservation Committee is Clay Moorhead, SW Planning and Transportation Committee is Doug Casey and John Wagner, SW Regional Planning Group is Doug Casey, Head of LAIFOIP (freedom of information), Administrator for Stray Animals Act, Returning Officer and Development Officer is Jenny Robinson, Deputy Reeve and Fire Chief is Harvey Baker, signing authority is Jenny Robinson, Harvey Baker and John Wagner, Fire Rangers, Oil and Gas Committee and Road Committee are the entire council, Planning and Development Appeals Committee is Doug Casey, Travis Harlick, John Wagner and secretary Nancy Frey, District Board of Revision is Alf Wakelam and the poll location is the RM of Piapot office.
Council reviewed two policies: Fencing stayed the same, $1000 to take the fence down, $2500 to put it up again. Gravelling private lane stayed the same, we will gravel the lane to an occupied residence in the RM at no charge but you need approval from your councillor.
Graham attended a SW Municipal Gov’t meeting and reported some interesting facts presented by SaskPower at the meeting. SaskPower has over 157,000 kms of power lines in the province. Maximum transmission capability is 4437 megawatts and the average peak use is around 3628 megawatts. The new Chinook natural gas station near Swift Current will generate around 360 megawatts, which is roughly 10% of peak use. Graham’s reports are quite interesting as it gives you a look at what other towns, cities and municipalities are doing.
I should mention that the Piapot Lions are collecting old batteries at the RM shed in Piapot, you can drop them off anytime.
Council sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau opposing the carbon tax that was announced. Our concern is that the federal version of revenue neutral is when money is taken from one group (the west) and given to another (the east) and considered fair. The tax does nothing but hurt the western provinces.
Council gave a $100 Christmas bonus to all of our employees and the contractors that work directly with the RM. We also paid out the vehicle allowance to our employees.
Jenny presented the year end gravel reports. A total of 46,043 cu. yards of gravel, 7/8 inch and 1.5 inch combined was hauled this year. Crane Lake Transport (Dan and Marla Martin) hauled 36,180 cu yards and Ken Klein with the RM truck hauled 9,863 cu. yards. A breakdown by division is as follows: Division 1= 7420, Division 2 = 5600, Division 3 = 955, Division 4 = 8710, Division 5 = 4526, Division 6 = 6550, Division 7 = 5700, Division 8 = 3160 and 3420 was sold to ratepayers. We also hauled 3550 cu. yards of bleed clay that went both on roads and to ratepayers.
We have had an interesting year in the RM with all the rain this spring and summer. Snow earlier on that disappeared and then as of late the cold temperatures. Not a lot of snow around with the exception of south in the hills where banks are starting. I am certain that up on top the wind will blow in two different directions the same day just to make sure it blocks. Have no idea what the rest of winter will bring us however in just a few days the days start getting longer again. Chinook winds are blowing in but it should still be a white Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas and family time, a friend sent this to me the other day. She was driving past the house she grew up in, stopped and asked if she could go in and look around. They said no and slammed the door. She said “You know my parents can be so rude sometimes.”
On behalf of the entire RM council and staff have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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