Council Debrief: A Fond Farewell

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Council Debrief: A Fond Farewell

The final meeting of the current town council was a bittersweet one, with the two confirmed outgoing members - Mayor Blake McCutcheon and Councillor Darren Pudlo - giving goodbye statements to their fellow councillors.
 
That’s the end of the meeting, though. The beginning kicks off with a presentation from Neepawa Tourism to the Town of Neepawa to go towards the swimming pool upgrades. In July the Tourism Association held the RIverbend Market, a very successful outdoor market in the park next to the pool, and pledged to donate proceeds from the admissions to help fund upgrades. This totalled $3,990, and was presented by Tourism representatives Eoin Devereux and Barb Bohn.

Councillor Nadeau gives us an update on the Rossburn Subdivision Trail, which has received some publicity lately when a hiking celebrity came through the province. He also noted that Rosedale had, in fact, fixed the portion of the trail that had been washed out, though there will need to be a more permanent solution put in place to prevent a recurrence. He also reports that the regional library board will be increasing their levy by fifty cents per capita, which would mean several thousand dollars more annually for the town.

Manager of Operations Denis Saquet updates Council on several ongoing projects that are winding up for the winter or being put on hold until spring. Remaining streets are now prepped, and the paving on Mountain Avenue at the Yellowhead should be finished this week. Some water and sewer projects are still ongoing, including work at the new Home Hardware site.

Saquet also notes that the mowing contractor has been delayed, but the fall mowing should be finished next week or the week after, including on the commercial lots throughout the CN Property development.

On behalf of EDO Marilyn Crewe, a report on the recent What’s the Big Idea entrepreneur event was presented to Council. Almost nine thousand dollars in cash and prizes were awarded to the four entrepreneurs who presented at the event this year, and in addition we heard from several speakers on the topic of small business and entrepreneurship.

CAO Colleen Synchyshyn presented the quarterly RCMP report, in which she noted that vehicle thefts in rural areas are increasing substantially and residents should be cautious. She also talked about our application to the Emergency Measures Organisation, which offers financial assistance to help mitigate future disasters such as another flood. Measures might include things such as relocating buildings out of flood zones.
An exciting development is the sale of a piece of property in the industrial park area east of town, subject to a development agreement. Interest in that area had been slow, but likely due to the announcement of the new hospital’s location it looks to be heating up. And of course, related to that is the official announcement, finally, of the location of the new hospital, which will be, as speculated, on the east end of town off Highway 16.

Also covered were completion of hydro work at the CN property development, Dutch elm tree removals, and financial and tax sale reports.

Deputy Mayor and Mayor-Elect Brian Hedley thanked everyone for their commitment and contribution over the past five years and Councillor Pudlo, who is not running for reelection, gave a moving statement about his time on Council. Mayor McCutcheon, who is also not running for reelection, summed up the tremendous challenges of the past four years, including the flood and the pandemic, and thanked everyone for all of their work.

 

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