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Features for the week of November 12, 2012

Council members take oath of office at first meeting

All members of council took the oath of office administrated by CAO Leader prior to the first meeting of the newly elected council on November 6.

Councillor Ken Siedlecki is the only new face at the council table. He joins councillors Bastien, Hrehor, Farrell, Kearns, Larsen and Mayor Johnson all of whom were returned to their positions in the October 24 election.

Council reviewed the recommendation regarding the sale of the four Sask Housing Units on Moore Street.

The committee had recommended accepting the highest tender of the two received for the sale of the properties most of which have been vacant for a considerable time. Council ratified the recommendation as did the R.M. of Foam Lake council.

Council committee appointments remained much the same as in the past with Councillor Siedlecki taking over the responsibilities on Parks and Recreation and Protection of Persons and Property.

Deputy Mayor is Graham Farrell. Finance Committee: Chairman Ken Larsen, Larry Kearns and Graham Farrell. Public Works: Chairman- Larry Kearns, Lorne Hrehor and Ken Larsen. Parks and Recreation: Chairman- Lorne Hrehor, Gloria Bastien, Ken Siedlecki. Protection of Persons and Property: Chairman - Lorne Hrehor, Larry Kearns, Ken Siedlecki. Landfill: Chairman - Bob Johnson, Graham Farrell, Gloria Bastien, M.A.L. Dan Bodnar. Health Committee: Bob Johnson, Larry Kearns, Graham Farrell, Lorne Hrehor. Northeast Area Transportation Committee: Gloria Bastien. OH & A - Lorne Hrehor. Emergency Measures: Ken Larsen. Violence and Harassment Committee: Lorne Hrehor, Brenda Kipling.

In her report to council, CAO Leader reported that the samples from elm trees submitted to the provincial laboratory for testing have come back; the results clarifed that the trees are Dutch elm disease free.

Finance and Public Works committee meetings will be scheduled as council begins working on project planning and preliminary budget preparations.

Approval was given for a fireworks permit to celebrate Hindu New Year. The celebration will be held on Wednesday, November 14 at the Lions Sports Grounds.

Assistant Foreman Kevin Beatty attended the meeting with the Public Works report. Maintenance work on the replacement of membrane filters at the water treatment plant was completed and work on cleaning pre-filters continues to be done and is expected to be completed within the next week or so.

Beatty also reported that public works had completed a number of jobs in preparation for winter as well as regular duties.

Council reviewed the letter submitted by Leisure Services Director Shelley Thoen-Chaykoski. She told that council that she has decided to submit her resignation from that position effective April 1, 2013.She said in the letter that after 33 years, she had decided that it is time to move on. Her service to the community has been invaluable over the years; she will be greatly missed at that position. Council accepted the resignation with great regret. The process of finding a new Leisure Services Director will begin very soon.

Council also accepted with regret, the resignation of Darlene Eluik from her position as Handi-Van driver effective December 31. The Handi-Van committee has already advertised for a replacement for the position.

Maya Fransishyn of MESA Canada, the company hired by the town to try to secure grant money attended the meeting. She reported that although they have been unsuccessful to date in securing any funding for the Waterpark project, they are continuing their lobbying efforts and she said that she is optimistic that they will be successful as more grants are announced.

According to the RCMP report submitted by S/Sgt. urt Kamotzki, Foam Lake will have two new resident members soon. Corporal Leo Martin will be taking over from Cpl. Roussel who is moving to Pierceland. Cpl. Martin will be transferring to Foam Lake from Pinehouse Lake and should be at work before February. The other officer, Cst. Seth Gouw graduated from Depot on October 29 and is already on duty in the detachment. Cst. Gouw will be living in Foam Lake.

Assistant Administrator Brenda Kipling presented a report on the workshop on Facilitating Growth and Development she attended. In her report she said that some of the topics that were of particular interest in planning and development were: Asset Management and making sure that development does not exceed the capacity of your infrastructure; Servicing Agreements dealing with who pays for infrastructure expansion and Development Levies, Dedicated Lands, Training and workshops, Building and Zoning Bylaws and land use negotiations.

All of these factors and many more affect the community development plans that all municipalities will be required to have in the near future.

Councillor Hrehor reported that the Foam Lake Fire Association will be purchasing a side by side ATV and trailer for use by the department to help combat grass fires. The department had several fire calls this past year where this type of equipment would have been very useful and sped up fire fighting efforts.

Hrehor also told council that several of the members of the department are willing to take first responders training. The Health Committee will make inquiries regarding funding for the training at their next with Sunrise Health Region representatives on November 20. The next regular meeting will be held on December 11.

- Sharolyn Olafson