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November 2015 Archive

 

 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

 

 

Minutes of the Public Meeting held on Thursday, November 26, 2015 in the Mini Theatre at Phoenix Academy.

  

Attendees:                  Councilor Sam Winsor (Chair) 

Mayor Keith Howell (arrived at 7:10 p.m. due to fire call) 

                                    Deputy Mayor Marlene Peddle 

                                    Councilllor Dale Howell 

                                    Councillor Kim Blackwood (arrived at 8:00 p.m.) 

Councillor Linda Bailet 

                                    Councillor Michel Bailet 

                                    Clerk/Manager Dianne Goodyear 

 

Also Present:             30 Residents – Speakers: Baxter Russell, Loretta Hodder, Dwayne Gillam, Phyllis West, John Tulk, Lorna Tulk, Eileen Chaulk, Marilyn Tulk, Norman West, Garland and Faye Tulk and Larry Reeder.                                           

 

Call to Order:            Chair @ 7:00 p.m.

 

This meeting was called in response to a request for a Town Meeting from the “Taxpayers of Carmanville Group” set up by Marilyn Tulk. The meeting was requested to inform council of their dissatisfaction regarding their 2016 assessments and concern that their 2016 Property Tax would be extremely high because of the significant increase in their Property Assessment.

 

A letter had previously been sent to all homeowners in October informing residents that the budget was not yet done but council would be lowering the mil rate as much as they could to meet the expenses for next year.

 

The Chair, Councillor Winsor, welcomed residents to the meeting and gave the attached presentation. He then opened up the meeting to the residents to voice their questions and concerns.

 

Questions and Comments from residents:  

  • What is the mil rate for next year?

  • Is there a different mil rate for business tax?

  • Why wasn’t the budget done earlier? Comment: it should have been done by now out of courtesy to the residents.

  • Why couldn’t the finance committee do the budget? In the past they did the budget.

  • Why couldn’t the finance committee do the research for this meeting so the budget information could be obtained by the town manager to have the budget done by now?

  • Why can’t this group (30 residents) sit down with council to do the budget together.

  • Why am I paying more taxes than my neighbor? Don’t think it’s fair. Because the government is in debt, don’t think it’s fair to put it back on the residents through high assessments and increased taxes.

  • Why don’t we offer discounts to seniors depending on their income as they can’t afford to pay their taxes? This question was not raised by a senior citizen but a resident who knew how poor they are by the way they are dressed and feel they may be too embarrassed to ask for a discount themselves.

  • How are the assessments done? Residents do not agree with the assessment process.

  • Why can’t we find someone else to do the assessments?

  • Why can’t we find other ways for revenue?

  • Why did my assessment go up when I didn’t do any changes to my property?

  • Why can’t council take each resident’s previous assessment and just add on 10% right across the board for the 2016 Property Tax?

  • Why can’t we do away with the Municipal Assessment Agency?

  • Why did we pay $13,440.00 to get this assessment done this year?

  • Why doesn’t the town have a 5 year plan as to how the town will function financially due to the population decreasing drastically as the loan for the new sewer project will still have to be paid.

  • Why are we putting sewer through the community? May not be the best use of taxpayers money since population is rapidly decreasing.

  • Why is the debt ratio at 30% in 2014? Thinks council won’t be able to get loans soon because the debt ratio is too high.

  • How does the town deal with delinquent accounts? What’s the rate/percentage of delinquent accounts?

  • Will the rink be used this year? Is there anyone in charge of the rink? Is it a paid or volunteer position?

  • Why isn’t information about travel/training detailed in the minutes – who went and what they learned? Why are we spending $5,000 of taxpayers money if the residents don’t get this information? Comment: maybe the money could be better spent elsewhere.

  • Sewer on South Side – bad smell in the summer from the beach where the sewer empties into the ocean.

  • Manhole on Main Street South – resident said there is a safety issue with the manhole on Main Street South – the cover is often off especially when snow clearing – hooked by plow and she was concerned about the safety of her grandchildren – that a child could fall in and drown. She said the incident was reported several times during the past year and the problem has still not been fixed.

  • What projects or plans do you have planned for the community?

  • Can we have another meeting when the budget is prepared but not yet adopted so it could be reviewed by this group before it is actually submitted to Municipal Affairs?

 

Response to the above questions:

 

  • The Chair did explain that the budget has not yet been completed so the mil rate for 2016 is not known at this time. The Chair gave different examples of what assessments would be at mil rates of 5.75, 6.0 and 5.0. At 5.0 the current expenditures would not be covered and we must produce a balanced budget. Chair stated that council is hoping to be able to drop the mil rate to 5.75 or 6 mil. He also stated that this does not solve all the problems for people who were hit with the highest assessments but the increase in taxes would be much lower than residents would be paying at the current rate. He further stated that the Minimum Property Tax and Poll Tax would probably have to be increased to be consistent and fair to all taxpayers.

  • Yes there are different rates for Business Tax.

    He stated that the Finance Committee does not have access to the financial information required to initiate the budget preparation as this information is collected from individual taxpayer accounts. Under the Privacy Act and the Municipalities Act, council does not have access to the financial information and files in the town office any more than a member of the public does. He also stated the same reason applied to the question regarding the Finance Committee doing the research for this meeting to allow the town manager to work on the budget information.

  • With regard to the assessments, under the Municipalities Act, the town has no choice but get the assessments done through the Municipal Assessment Agency. They are mandated by government. Council has no say whatsoever in the assessment process and they must base the mil rate and minimum property tax rate on the assessed value provided by this agency. This process has always been in place and the town pays this agency annually for the service. As to how the assessments are done, you can call and ask them how they arrived at the assessment for your individual property and they would explain it to you.

    Government has been working with the Municipalities of Newfoundland and Labrador to enable Municipalities to do away with the Property Tax by implementing a 1% increase in income tax and an increase in sales tax which would be given back to the Municipalities.

  • The question of discounts to seniors depending on their income. The loss of income through discounts has to come from the rest of the taxpayers.

  • 5 Year Plan due to future population decrease. Council does have a 5 year financial plan which is all we are required to have under the Municipalities Act. Council does not agree with the statements made that the population will be drastically reduced in the next few years and have no doubt that we will remain financially sustained in the future.

  • Sewer installation. The town has received an overwhelming request for sewer. The waterlines in the ground have surpassed their expected life expectancy and desperately need to be replaced. Current private sewage systems are not conforming to government regulations in their discharge as can be seen in ditches throughout the community. Town sewer is in almost every community these days and the new town sewer will have a treatment plant as required under new federal laws. The sewer system on the South Side does have a problem when the tide is low and it is raw sewage discharging into the ocean. When that system was installed there were no federal laws in place to govern it as there are today.

  • Delinquent accounts: The Town does have a Tax Recovery Plan and a part time employee hired to work on the delinquent accounts. The Plan includes recovery of taxes by the following means as required under the Municipalities Act:

    • Water Shut Off

    • Collection Agency

    • Wage Attachment

    • Rental Seizure

    • Property Seizure

    • Small Claims Court

      It was noted that Council does not have access to individual names that are in arrears as per the Privacy Act.

  • Rink. Weather permitting the rink will be open this winter. Deputy Mayor Marlene Peddle has volunteered to look after the rink for the coming winter. Right now there repairs are being made to the rink under a Community Enhancement Program, not using taxpayers money.

    Chair also informed residents the Electrical upgrade is now being done at the Rec. Center through the Gas Tax Funding. Some of the interior work will also be completed through the Community Enhancement Program. The remaining renovations will be taken care of by the Rec. Committee.

                                                                                                   

  • Training/Travel details in the minutes. The Minutes are an account of decisions made by council at that meeting relating to that Agenda. Training is approved with the budget annually and registration takes place more often than not following the meeting. When council members attends training, it is to become better educated to deal with new requirements and perform more effectively in their role as a council member. In the case of staff training it is to learn how to actually complete new tasks assigned by government and meet the new requirements and deadlines. What they learned does not belong in the minutes unless it is new information directly relevant to the town itself. It would then be recorded in the minutes. Otherwise it deals with the day to day municipal administration in running the town and meeting the requirements set by government. Some of the training is mandatory under the Gas Tax Agreement. To receive this funding, Council and Staff must attend training annually.

  • Manhole on South Side. Council did not know this was an ongoing problem that had not been corrected. Clerk/Manager stated that she received one call regarding this problem and as far as she knew the problem had been solved. Therefore it was not taken to Council. Council and staff will look into the matter immediately.

  • Request that the budget be completed together with the 30 residents who were present at the meeting. That request is impossible to accommodate.

  • Request for another public meeting before the budget is submitted so that it can be reviewed by the residents will be considered by Council.

    The Chair thanked the residents for coming and stating their concerns and recommendations. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

_________________________________                  _______________________________

                        Chair                                                                           Clerk/Manager

 

 

 

Public Meeting – November 26, 2015

 

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen:

First let me thank you for coming to this meeting tonight so you can air your concerns and perhaps have some of your questions answered. This meeting came about in response to several residents who requested a meeting to raise concerns about their recent tax assessments which were mailed to you earlier this year. First let me point out these are only assessments and not your property tax for 2016. Council has not finalized its budget for 2016 thus the mil rate is not determined at this point in time.

 

So that this meeting can run smoothly, we have put some structure and guidelines in place. If you wish to ask a question or make a statement we ask that you come to the microphone and do your presentation from there. To be fair to everyone and allow as many people as possible to participate we ask that you keep your remarks/questions to 5 minutes or less. Council will attempt to respond to your questions and comments if it is possible to do so at this point in time.

 

We also ask that in addressing the meeting that you be considerate and careful in your choice of words. Accusations and foul language will not solve the issue we face so we ask that you keep this in mind as you pose your questions or comments.

 

A little background information that might give you some idea of the situation we face as a result of the latest assessment. In 2015 the total assessed value of property was $14,658,100. In 2016 the total assessed value was $22,998,700, an increase of $8,340,600 or 63.7%.

 

Some examples of how this would affect property tax at the current mil rate of 8.25 are:

 

2015 Assessment       Tax 2015         Assessment 2016       Tax 2016        An Increase of

33,900.00                    $279.68           55,800.00                    $460.35           $180.67

50,800.00                    $419.10           85,600.00                    $706.20           $287.10

75,600.00                    $623.70           126,700.00                  $1,045.28        $421.58

98,800.00                    $815.10           159,200.00                  $1,313.40        $498.30

 

We know that these increases are not realistic and the mil rate will be adjusted downward to bring your taxes into a more reasonable rate.

 

Adjusting the mil rate down is also going to cause significant problems because some residents will pay less than they currently pay. While this might be desirable, it is not fair and the minimum property tax/poll tax might have to be adjusted to deal with this situation. Even with a lower mil rate, some residents will have a slightly larger increase in property taxes because your rates actually doubled. Lowering the mil rate that much would cause significant financial difficulties in presenting a balanced budget as we are required to do under the provisions of the Municipalities Act.

 

We will now open the floor for questions and debate. The chair will recognize the speakers in the order they come to the mike. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

 

 

Minutes of the Public Meeting of Council held on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 in Council Chambers.

 

Attendees:                  Mayor Keith Howell (Chair)

                                    Deputy Mayor Marlene Peddle

                                    Councillor Dale Howell

                                    Councillor Sam Winsor

                                    Councillor Linda Bailet

                                    Councillor Michel Bailet (arrived late)

                                    Clerk/Manager Dianne Goodyear

                                   

Absent:                       Councillor Kim Blackwood

                       

Call to Order:            Chair @ 4:00 p.m.

 

This meeting was called to review information to present at the public meeting which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 26th, 2015 at Phoenix Academy. The other item to be discussed was the request for a permit to build a shed at 133 Main Street South.

 

Permit - Request to Build Shed.

Fire and Emergency Services NL were contacted regarding the requirement that accessory buildings be built 8 ft. from the property line or from any other building as council was previously advised that this was a fire regulation.

 

FES advised that there are no province wide codes pertaining to the above and the specific regulations in each municipality would be included in their town plan.   Our Town Plan does not state the 8 ft. requirement. It does state that:

          1. Accessory buildings shall be clearly incidental and complementary to the use of the main buildings in character, use and size, and shall be contained on the same lot.

          2. No accessory building or part thereof shall project in front of any building line.

          3. The sideyard requirements set out in the use zone tables in these Regulations shall apply to accessory buildings wherever they are located on the lot but accessory buildings on two (2) adjoining properties may be built to property boundaries provided they shall be of fire resistant construction and have a common firewall.

          4. Accessory buildings shall have a lot coverage no greater than 7%, up to a maximum of 56 square meters, or a height of no more than 6 meters.

              

A letter from the neighbor giving permission to the resident to build the shed in the location they had applied for the building permit was submitted to Council.

 

(Councillor Michel Bailet arrived at the meeting at 4:05 p.m.)

 

Motion-3795-15-Councillor S. Winsor/Councillor D. Howell

Resolved that the request to build a shed at 133 Main Street South be approved.

 

In favour:        Mayor Howell              Deputy Mayor Peddle

                        Councillor D. Howell   Councillor S. Winsor

                        Councillor M. Bailet    Councillor L. Bailet

Opposed:         0

Abstaining:      0

Motion Carried.

 

Public Meeting

Presentation package was circulated to all members for review and discussion. General Agreement that Councillor Winsor would be the spokesperson for Council at the meeting. He will meet with the principal and arrange the setup. The Fire Department members have been asked to be present to supervise/control the outside activity.

 

Adjournment:           Motion-3796-15-Councillor D. Howell/Deputy Mayor Peddle

                                    Resolved that the meeting be adjourned.

                                    In favour:        Mayor Howell              Deputy Mayor Peddle

                                                            Councillor D. Howell   Councillor S. Winsor

                                                            Councillor M. Bailet    Councillor L. Bailet

                                    Opposed:         0

                                    Abstaining:      0

                                    Motion Carried.

 

                                    Meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

 

 

Minutes of the Regular Public Meeting of Council held on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in Council Chambers.

 

Attendees:                  Mayor Keith Howell (Chair)

                                    Deputy Mayor Marlene Peddle

                                    Councillor Dale Howell

                                    Councillor Kim Blackwood

                                    Councillor Sam Winsor

                                    Councillor Linda Bailet

                                    Clerk/Manager Dianne Goodyear

                                    Consultant/Engineer Jim Harty

 

Also Present:              Lloyd Cull, Cull’s Electrical

                                    Jackie MacIsaac, Chair of Rec. Committee

 

Absent:                       Councillor Michel Bailet

 

Call to Order:            Chair @ 2:00 p.m.

 

This meeting was called to open the Tenders received for the Electrical Rewire at the Recreation Center. Tender closed at 2:00 p.m. November 18th, 2015. Total of 2 Tenders were received.

 

Clerk/Manager opened and recorded the tenders received as follows:

 

# 1 – Cull’s Electrical – received at 1:30 p.m., November 18th, 2015 –

Tender amount: $52,400.00 HST included.

 

# 2 – Justin Bursey – received at 12:50 p.m., November 18th, 2015 –

            Tender amount: $57,426.00 HST included.

 

Motion-3793-15 – Councillor L. Bailet/Councillor K. Blackwood

Resolved to accept the Tender from Cull’s Electrical in the amount of $52,400.00 HST included, to complete the Electrical Rewire to the Recreation Center.

 

In favour:        Mayor Howell                 Deputy Mayor Peddle

                                                            Councillor D. Howell     Councillor K. Blackwood

                                                            Councillor S. Winsor      Councillor L. Bailet

Opposed:         0

Abstaining:      0

Motion Carried.

 

Mr. Cull was congratulated on the tender award and he left the meeting at 2:25 p.m.

 

It was noted that there would be no extra cost incurred by the town with regards to upgrades from the specs provided.

 

Adjournment:           Motion-3794-15-Councillor D. Howell/Councillor S. Winsor

Resolved that the meeting be adjourned.

 

In favour:        Mayor Howell                 Deputy Mayor Peddle

                                                            Councillor D. Howell     Councillor K. Blackwood

                                                            Councillor S. Winsor      Councillor L. Bailet

Opposed:         0

Abstaining:      0

Motion Carried.

 

Meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 16th, 2015

 

Minutes of the Regular Public Meeting of Council held on Monday, November 16th, 2015 in Council Chambers.

 

Attendees:                  Mayor Keith Howell (Chair)

                                    Councillor Dale Howell

                                    Councillor Kim Blackwood

                                    Councillor Michel Bailet

                                    Councillor Linda Bailet

                                    Clerk/Manager Dianne Goodyear

 

Absent:                       Deputy Mayor Marlene Peddle

                                    Councillor Sam Winsor

 

Call to Order:            Chair @ 7:30 p.m.

 

Agenda:                      Motion-3784-15-Councillor K. Blackwood/Councillor D. Howell

                                    Resolved that the Agenda be adopted as circulated.

 

                                    In favour:        Mayor Howell                         Councillor D. Howell

                                                            Councillor K. Blackwood       Councillor M. Bailet

                                                            Councillor L. Bailet

                                    Opposed:         0

                                    Abstaining:      0

                                    Motion Carried.

 

Minutes:                     Mayor Howell asked if there were any errors or omissions to the Minutes of the Regular Public Meeting of November 2nd, 2015 which had been circulated to all members.

                                    Motion-3785-15-Councillor L. Bailet/Councillor D. Howell

                                    Resolved that the Minutes of the Regular Public Meeting of November 2nd, 2015 be adopted as circulated.

 

                                    In favour:        Mayor Howell                         Councillor D. Howell

                                                            Councillor K. Blackwood       Councillor M. Bailet

                                                            Councillor L. Bailet

                                    Opposed:         0

                                    Abstaining:      0

                                    Motion Carried.

 

Business

Arising:                      Public Meeting

Council will meet Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. to prepare for the upcoming Public Meeting.

 

Air Exchanger-Chlorination Chambers

Tabled to next meeting.

 

Fire Dept. Election

The Fire Department will hold their Elections every 3 years according to their SOP Manual. The next Election will be in February 2017. The positions available will be: Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, Assistant Deputy Chief, Captain, Left Lieutenant, Right Lieutenant and Secretary.

 

W/S Project Phase 2

Motion-3786-15-Councillor D. Howell/Councillor L. Bailet

Resolved to apply for the 2016-2017 Municipal Capital Works Program to complete Phase 1 with the revised figures from Town Engineer. This would include the Tank and Water and Sewer Lines back to Noggin Cove Road and would include 1 Lift Station.

 

In favour:        Mayor Howell                         Councillor D. Howell

                        Councillor K. Blackwood       Councillor M. Bailet

                        Councillor L. Bailet

Opposed:         0

Abstaining:      0

Motion Carried.

 

Committees

Finance:                     CIP Approval W/S Project

Approval has been received from the Gas Tax Secretariat to increase our Gas Tax Funding allocation for the current Capital Works Project – Water/Sewer Outfall to $54,383 to cover the town’s portion of this project.

 

MAA 2016 Assessment Fees

The 2016 Assessment Service Fee for 2016 will be $13,328.00 based on 464 parcels and 12 tenants.

 

Finance:                     Bank Loan – W/S Project

                                    Motion-3787-15-Councillor L. Bailet/Councillor D. Howell

Resolved to seek preapproval for a Loan for Phase 2 of our Water and Sewer Project in the amount of $200,000 amortized over 6, 7 and 8 year periods.

                                   

                                    In favour:        Mayor Howell                         Councillor D. Howell

                                                            Councillor K. Blackwood       Councillor M. Bailet

                                                            Councillor L. Bailet

                                    Opposed:         0

                                    Abstaining:      0

                                    Motion Carried.

 

NAPE - Collective Agreement

Clerk/Manager will notify NAPE that the Negotiations for the Collective Agreement will begin in the new year.

 

Public Works:           Water Report

                                    Satisfactory.

 

Water Leak @ 354 Main St.

Outside Worker will fix the leak when he returns to work if it’s possible at this time of year. It was also noted that with the new waterline installation each house must have its own line connected to the main.

 

Water Problem @ 302 Main St.

Outside Worker will check the curb stops and dig up to find leak and cap waterline to the house that has been removed.

 

Curb Stops @ 79 & 81 Main St.

Outside Worker will dig up and repair curb stop at 79 Main Street. Clerk/Manager to find out why the curb stop was replaced at 81 Main Street and bring information back to next meeting.

 

Chlorine Reading Site –Main St. South

Motion-3788-15-Councillor L. Bailet/Councillor M. Bailet

Resolved that the Outside Worker will build a small sampling station with a Y valve and tap to take the water samples on Main Street South.

 

                                    In favour:        Mayor Howell                         Councillor D. Howell

                                                            Councillor K. Blackwood       Councillor M. Bailet

                                                            Councillor L. Bailet

                                    Opposed:         0

                                    Abstaining:      0

                                    Motion Carried.

 

Bonfire Materials for Burining

Resident was contacted. The Chesterfield and Chair were removed from the pile as requested.

 

Fire Dept:                  Hoses

The Hoses that were requested under the Special Assistance Funding from FES were not approved but are still required by the Fire Department. Clerk/Manager will check how many hose, the size and prices and bring back to next meeting.

 

Budget

The Fire Department Members are working on their budget for 2016 and will bring to Council in the near future.

 

Habitat

Committee:                New member approval

                                    Motion-3789-15-Councillor M. Bailet/Councillor K. Blackwood

Resolved to accept the new members: David Highstead, Donna Chaulk, Jim Crewe and Wavy Crewe to the Habitat Committee as presented.

 

In favour:        Mayor Howell                         Councillor D. Howell

                        Councillor K. Blackwood       Councillor M. Bailet

                        Councillor L. Bailet

Opposed:         0

Abstaining:      0

Motion Carried.  

                             

Rec. Committee:       Electrical Tender

Members were reminded that the Electrical Tender closing is at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18th. Tenders will be opened at that time. All members are encouraged to attend if possible.

 

Accounts

Payable:

Receiver General                                            $3,760.76 – Payroll Remit - Oct. (Paid)

NAPE                                                             $   118.47 – Union Dues - Oct. (Paid)

CIBC Mellon                                                  $   486.64 – Pension Premiums Oct. (Paid)

TRIO                                                              $   317.60 – Health Premiums Nov. (Paid)

CNWM                                                           $1,709.08 – Tipping Fees – Oct.

CNWM                                                           $2,115.30 – Curbside Collection Fees – Oct.

Carmanville Valufoods                                  $     10.47 – Kitchen Supplies

CIBC                                                              $   500.00 – Annual Loan Renewal Fee

Credit Bureau                                                 $   131.36 – Collections Commission

G & M Services                                              $   326.23 – Gas/Diesel FD 175.02/T 151.21

 

                                    Motion-3790-Councillor D. Howell/Councillor M. Bailet

                                    Resolved that the outstanding accounts be paid in full as presented.

 

                                    In favour:        Mayor Howell                         Councillor D. Howell

                                                            Councillor K. Blackwood       Councillor M. Bailet

                                                            Councillor L. Bailet

                                    Opposed:         0

                                    Abstaining:      0

                                    Motion Carried.

 

Correspondence:

From                                      Regarding                              Action

Town of Gander                     Syrian refugee relief               Info Only

MAA                                      Annual Report                        Info Only

 

New Business:           Quarry Permit Renewal # 131229

                                    No issues or concerns expressed.

 

Quarry Permit Renewal # 130761

No issues or concerns expressed.

 

Quarry Permit Renewal # 130762

No issues or concerns expressed.

 

Shed – Permit

Resident will be contacted and asked to get a letter from neighbor if they have no problem with building the shed in this location. Further to check the 8 ft. boundary requirement.

 

New Business:            Addition to house – Permit

                                    Approved as per policy.

 

Members

Business:                    Plaque – 60 years of Incorporation

A plaque commemorating the Town’s 60 years of Incorporation was presented to Mayor Howell at the MNL Convention. The picture of the presentation will be framed and mounted along with the plaque in the Municipal Building Lobby.

 

MNL Convention Update

It was brought to Council’s attention that the Disclosure Statements must be updated and reviewed by Council annually. Councillor Linda Bailet will prepare highlights of the convention for members.

 

Christmas Tree Lighting

The Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Friday, Dec. 11th, 2015.

Motion-3791-15-Councillor K. Blackwood/Councillor L. Bailet

Resolved that we would order 50 (1 bundle) of 3D Glasses for viewing the tree at the cost of $37.50 per bundle.

 

In favour:        Mayor Howell                         Councillor D. Howell

                        Councillor K. Blackwood       Councillor M. Bailet

                        Councillor L. Bailet

Opposed:         0

Abstaining:      0

Motion Carried.

 

CNWM Meeting Reminder

Members were reminded that there is a Central Newfoundland Waste Management meeting in Chambers on November 18th, 2015 at 7 p.m.

 

MAA Training Session

Scheduled in Gander for Dec. 1st, 2015. Anyone wishing to attend should contact the office for registration.

 

PMA Training Session

Scheduled in St. John’s for Friday, Nov. 20th, 2015. Clerk/Manager will attend only if the workload permits.

 

Adjournment:           Motion-3792-15-Councillor D. Howell/Councillor M. Bailet

Resolved that council do now adjourn to meet again on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

 

In favour:        Mayor Howell                         Councillor D. Howell

                        Councillor K. Blackwood       Councillor M. Bailet

                        Councillor L. Bailet

Opposed:         0

Abstaining:      0

Motion Carried.

 

                                    Meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

 

Minutes of the Regular Public Meeting of Council held on Monday, November 2nd, 2015 in Council Chambers.

 

Attendees:                  Deputy Mayor Marlene Peddle (Chair)

                                    Councillor Dale Howell

                                    Councillor Sam Winsor

                                    Councillor Michel Bailet

                                    Councillor Linda Bailet

                                    Clerk/Manager Dianne Goodyear

 

Absent:                       Mayor Keith Howell

                                    Councillor Kim Blackwood

 

Call to Order:            Chair @ 7:30 p.m.

 

Agenda:                      Motion-3779-15-Councillor L. Bailet/Councillor M. Bailet

                                    Resolved that the Agenda be adopted as circulated.

 

                                    In favour:        Deputy Mayor Peddle              Councillor D. Howell

                                                            Councillor S. Winsor               Councillor M. Bailet

                                                            Councillor L. Bailet

                                    Opposed:         0

                                    Abstaining:      0

                                    Motion Carried.

 

Minutes:                     Deputy Mayor Peddle asked if there were any errors or omissions to the Minutes of the Regular Public Meeting of October 19th, 2015 which had been circulated to all members.

                                    Motion-3780-15-Councillor L. Bailet/Councillor S. Winsor

                                    Resolved that the Minutes of the Regular Public Meeting of October 19th, 2015 be adopted as circulated.

 

                                    In favour:        Deputy Mayor Peddle              Councillor D. Howell

                                                            Councillor S. Winsor               Councillor M. Bailet

                                                            Councillor L. Bailet

                                    Opposed:         0

                                    Abstaining:      0

                                    Motion Carried.

 

Business

Arising:                      Rec. Electrical Update

The Tender Call will be posted in the newspaper on Thursday, November 5th, 2015. Tenders must be submitted to the Town Office and the closing date is November 18th, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Christmas Dinner

The Rec. Christmas Dinner will be changed to December 5th, 2015 provided the Fire Hall is available on that date.

 

Public Meeting Request

General discussion regarding information required for the upcoming Public Meeting. Results will be brought back to the next meeting for further discussion.

 

Community Enhancement Program

We have received written approval from Minister Keith Hutchings to hire Deputy Mayor Peddle on the Community Enhancement Program provided all other criteria is met and the guidelines are followed. The program is scheduled to start on November 9th, 2015. Councillor Winsor will be available to coordinate the program.

 

Committees

Finance:                     Tax Recovery Plan

                                    Motion-3781-15-Councillor S. Winsor/Councillor M. Bailet

Resolved to approve and submit the revision on October 29th, 2015 to the Tax Recovery Plan as presented.

 

In favour:        Deputy Mayor Peddle              Councillor D. Howell

                        Councillor S. Winsor               Councillor M. Bailet

                        Councillor L. Bailet

Opposed:         0

Abstaining:      0

Motion Carried.

 

CNWM 2016 Fees/Schedule

New collection fees for 2016 are as follows:

Regular Household Garbage and Recyclables increased to $132.00/tonne; C & D Mixed - $132.00/tonne. C & D Sorted - $25.00/tonne and Collection Fees - $79.00 per household. Non Compliance fee for unsorted waste or black bags – extra $70.00/tonne.

 

Finance:                     3rd Quarter Financial Reports

                                    Presented to and reviewed by members.

 

Public Works:           Boil Order Lifted

Discussion regarding notification of Boil Orders to make sure all residents are informed. Clerk/Manager will check with Government Services to determine if we really need a Boil Water Advisory when flushing lines.

 

Air Exchanger-Chlorination Chambers

Deputy Mayor Peddle will try her dehumidifier at the Chlorination Chambers and bring results back to next meeting.

 

Town Garage

The part-time Outside Worker has painted the floor and built new shelves to store the tools at the Town Garage.

 

Fire Dept:                  Election

Councillor D. Howell brought forward a request from the Fire Department to hold an election. The Fire Chief is appointed by Council so it was agreed to check with the members to see how often they want to hold elections and which other positions they wish to include.

 

This information will be brought back to council and a policy will be put in place regarding elections.

 

It was also agreed to remind the members that any concerns or issues they may have should be brought to Council in writing through the Town Office.

 

Siamese/Y Reducer

General Agreement to order a new Siamese/Y Reducer for the Fire Dept.

 

Accounts

Payable:

Bell Aliant                                          $ 218.85 – Phone/Fax/Internet – Office

Bell Mobility                                      $     35.82 – Phone - Cell

NL Power                                           $   132.88 – Hydro – Fire Hall

NL Power                                           $   148.70 – Hydro – Booster Station

NL Power                                           $   164.29 – Hydro – Mun. Bldg.

NL Power                                           $     63.45 – Hydro – Chlorination Chamber

NL Power                                           $     40.13 – Hydro – Garage

NL Power                                           $1,704.41 – Hydro – Street Lighting

Rockwater                                          $1,213.62 – Chlorine

Kean’s Pump Shop                            $   406.78 – Waterline Supplies

Air Liquide                                        $   138.41 – Oxygen Cylinder Refill

G & M Services                                 $   237.98 – Gas – Town

Carmanville Public Library               $   100.00 – Annual Donation

Phoenix Academy                              $     50.00 – Annual Donation to Scholarship Fund

Bell Aliant                                          $   75.37 – Phone – Fire Dept.

Car Quest                                           $   207.85 – Battery/Van & Tailgate Kit/Town P/U

Tulk’s Home Hardware                     $   192.83 – Trailer/Pickup/Garage/Jan./Chambers

 

                                    Motion-3782-15-Councillor S. Winsor/Councillor D. Howell

                                    Resolved that the outstanding accounts be paid in full as presented.

 

                                    In favour:        Deputy Mayor Peddle              Councillor D. Howell

                                                            Councillor S. Winsor               Councillor M. Bailet

                                                            Councillor L. Bailet

                                    Opposed:         0

                                    Abstaining:      0

                                    Motion Carried.

 

Correspondence:

From                                       Regarding                             Action

William E. Collins                  Complaint re geese                 Write Canadian Wildlife 

                                                                                                regarding the geese problem

FFAW                                     Rural NL                                Info Only

 

Members

Business:                    MNL Agenda

                                    Circulated to all members.

 

MNL Convention Resolutions

Circulated to all members.

 

CNWM Regional Meeting

Scheduled for November 18th, 2015 in Council Chambers.

 

Members

Business:                    Christmas Tree Lighting

General Agreement to purchase a Christmas Tree from the SPCA. Councillor Howell will check for available date and inform members at next meeting. A date for the Tree Lighting will be set then.

 

Christmas Gifts – Home

Agreement to purchase gifts for the Seniors at the Personal Care Home as per previous years.

 

Report from Councillor Orientation Session

Circulated and reviewed by all members.

 

Adjournment:            Motion-3783-15-Councillor L. Bailet/Councillor S. Winsor

Resolved that Council do now adjourn to meet again on Monday, November 16th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

 

In favour:        Deputy Mayor Peddle              Councillor D. Howell

                        Councillor S. Winsor               Councillor M. Bailet

                        Councillor L. Bailet

Opposed:         0

Abstaining:      0

Motion Carried.

 

Meeting adjourned at 10:10 p.m.