CITY OF YORKTON
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
FEBRUARY 12, 2007
Minutes of a Regular Meeting of Council held on Monday, February 12, 2007 in Council Chambers City Hall commencing at 5:00 p.m.
Present: Mayor Chris Wyatt, Councillors Arnelien, DeRyk, Goulden, Maloney, Pearen and Wilson.
Staff Members Present: David Putz, Lonnie Kaal, Roger Hunter, Bonnie Schenher, Darcy McLeod, Cindy Alcorn, Kelly Kaban, Don Kunkel and Harry Kerr. Recording: Gloria Signarowski.
A quorum being present Mayor Chris Wyatt in the Chair called the Meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Goulden – DeRyk
That the Regular Council Meeting Agenda be amended by adding an item under Unfinished Business being an information item on the status of the parking lot on the corner of Betts Avenue and Smith Street, and one property item to the in-camera portion of the Committee of the Whole Council Agenda, and that the agenda be approved as amended.
Councillor DeRyk acknowledged the work that the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery has done in hiring Mr. Donald Stein as the new Executive Director. Don has a lot of experience in Arts Administration. He was one of the facilitators hired in organizing the Art Gallery and is looking at developing it further.
Councillor Goulden thanked and congratulated four City of Yorkton employees who received SUMA’s Meritorious Services Awards last Tuesday, February 6, 2007. Congratulations go to Lorraine Yuzik, Pat Roming, Brian Belitsky and Steve Nikiforoff for their dedication and service to the residents in the City of Yorkton.
Councillor Wilson acknowledged the proactive group in soccer in our City. This weekend Yorkton will be hosting the southern play downs at the Gallagher Centre, Flexi Hall. Prior to the flexi hall facility being built, all the teams would have to travel to Regina and Saskatoon and now Yorkton will be hosting teams from Regina, Swift Current, Kindersley, and Moose Jaw, all coming to our flexi hall, which is a positive thing that the citizens of Yorkton should be proud of.
Councillor Arnelien congratulated a very well known curler in Yorkton, Mr. Gerry Adam who is a member of the curling team that won the 2007 Tankard Championship in Humboldt on February 11, 2007.
Councillor Pearen advised that a media conference was held announcing the Yorkton 125 Committee and thanked Councillor DeRyk for designing the new logo. The logo reflects the motto of “Looking at the future by celebrating our past”. In the past we have had much to celebrate and look forward to the year of celebration. A volunteer group has been actively working on our behalf and he encouraged all citizens of Yorkton to get involved in some capacity in the events that are happening in our City. It is the anniversary of our settlement of York Colony not of the City of Yorkton itself.
Mayor Wyatt thanked Councillor Pearen for chairing this committee and also the committee members involved.
Councillor Maloney welcomed all people coming to Yorkton to attend the Snowarama for camp Easter Seal which is to be held this weekend. Barry Bradshaw and John Denysek, the snow riders and sponsors, and the many people who work hard to put this event together. In one day they will be raising about $90,000 for all the facilities at camp Easter Seal. Anyone wishing to register should call the Parkland Abilities Centre.
Mayor Wyatt added that Councillors Arnelien, Goulden, Pearen and himself attended the SUMA Convention last week. A lot of educational material was presented along with networking with other Councillors and Mayors, and advised they learned about the direction the Province is headed. It was a well-attended convention providing pertinent information and a success overall. He thanked the Councillors for attending.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Regular Council Meeting Minutes - January 22, 2007
Arnelien – Pearen
That the Regular Council Meeting Minutes of January 22, 2007 be approved as presented.
HEARING OF PETITIONS, PUBLIC NOTICES AND PRESENTATIONS
Scouts and Guides Canada – Proclamation – Scout-Guide WeekFebruary 18th to 24th, 2007
A letter dated January 12th, 2007 from Mr. John Spykerman of Scouts and Guides Canada requesting a proclamation was circulated for the consideration of Council.
Mr. John Spykerman, Logan Dixon and Tate Chopty were present in Council Chambers and Scouts Dixon and Chopty spoke to their request.
Goulden – Wilson
That the Council of the City of Yorkton authorize Mayor Chris Wyatt to proclaim the week of February 18th to 24th, 2007 as “Scout-Guide Week” in the City of Yorkton and to raise their flags on Sunday, February 18th, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in City Hall Park.
Yorkton Wildlife Federation Inc. – Proclamation – Wildlife WeekFebruary 18th, 24th, 2007
A letter dated January 2nd, 2007 from the Yorkton Wildlife Federation Inc. requesting a proclamation was circulated for the consideration of Council.
Mrs. Elaine Lutcher and Mr. James Kluk were present in Council Chambers to speak to their request.
Arnelien – Pearen
That the Council of the City of Yorkton authorize Mayor Chris Wyatt to proclaim the week of February 18th to 24th, 2007 as “Wildlife Week” in the City of Yorkton and to raise the Wildlife Flag on Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. in City Hall Park.
Yorkton Kinsmen Club – Proclamation
– Kinsmen and Kinette Day – February 20th, 2007
– Kinsmen and Kinette Week – February 18th to 24th, 2007
A letter received February 8, 2007 from the Yorkton Kinsmen Club requesting a proclamation was circulated for the consideration of Council.
Mr. Garth Malayney, President of the Kinsmen Club was present to speak to their requests.
Wilson – Maloney
That the Council of the City of Yorkton authorize Mayor Chris Wyatt to proclaim February 20th, 2007 “Kinsmen and Kinette Day” and February 18th to 24th, 2007 “Kinsmen and Kinette Week” in the City of Yorkton.
Harry Kerr, Parks Foreman (Seasonal) and Laurie Renton, Yorkton BID
– CPR Park Update
A memorandum from the Director of Leisure Services advising of a presentation to be made to City Council from the Parks Foreman (Seasonal) and the Yorkton BID regarding the CPR Park Update was circulated for the consideration of Council.
Mr. Harry Kerr, Parks Foreman (Seasonal) and Ms. Laurie Renton, Yorkton BID were present in Council Chambers to speak in this regard.
A power point presentation was viewed on the design of the park and the amenities included therein.
Mr. Kerr advised that there should be a minimum of ten amenities provided in the park to attract people to utilize the park and the committee suggested a walkway, planters, bell tower, time clock, stage, shrubs, seating, ice surface and lighting under the ice and a Christmas Tree in the middle of the park.
They plan to have the park completed by September 1, 2007 with some limited utilization allowed prior to that time.
Discussion was held on the naming of the park and the cost of funding this project. The Director of Finance advised that there is about $140,000 left in reserves for this project.
REPORTS OF COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND MATTERS REFERRED
Protective Services Commission Meeting Minutes – January 16, 2007
Arnelien – Pearen
That the Protective Services Commission Meeting Minutes of January 16, 2007 be received and filed as presented.
Manager of Building Services – 17 Gladstone Avenue North and
Affordable Housing Co. Ltd.
A report dated January 19, 2007 from the Manager of Building Services regarding 17 Gladstone Avenue North, along with pertinent background information were circulated for the consideration of Council.
Wilson – DeRyk
That based on the $5,000.00 offer received for 17 Gladstone Avenue North by the Churchbridge Credit Union, the outstanding taxes be reduced to $2,910 for this sale only.
Director of Finance – Gallagher Centre Additional Grant Funding
A report dated January 3, 2007 from the Director of Finance regarding the Gallagher Centre Additional Grant Funding was circulated for the consideration of Council.
Arnelien – Pearen
That upon receipt of the $4,074,000 grant from the Province for the Gallagher Centre, that $500,000 be placed in a reserve account for the Gallagher Centre and $3,574,000 be applied as a lump sum payment on the internal loan and payments be left as scheduled at $1,700,000 per year.
Discussion was held on this motion and with the consent of the mover and seconder this motion was withdrawn.
The Chair was passed to Deputy Mayor Dick DeRyk at 5:47 p.m. and it reverted back at 5:48 p.m.
Arnelien – Goulden
That upon receipt of the $4,074,000 grant from the Province for the Gallagher Centre, that $500,000 be placed in the Gallagher Centre reserve account and $3,574,000 be applied as a lump sum payment on the internal loan.
Arnelien - Goulden
That with the lump sum payment, that the payments stay the same at $1,700,000 per year.
Mayor Wyatt, Councillors Arnelien and Goulden in favour.
Councillors DeRyk, Maloney, Pearen and Wilson opposed.
Interest Savings would be $2,170,000.
The Chair was passed to Deputy Mayor Dick DeRyk at 6:00 p.m. and it reverted back at 6:01 p.m.
DeRyk – Maloney
That the proceeds of the reduced interest cost as a result of the lump sum internal loan payment, be applied to reduce the base tax, in a proportionate amount that was originally levied for the Gallagher Centre.
Goulden – Pearen
That Resolution No. R00037-2007 be postponed until the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, March 5, 2007.
Acting City Clerk – Smoking Jurisdiction
A report dated February 2, 2007 from the Acting City Clerk regarding smoking jurisdiction was circulated for the consideration of Council.
Arnelien – Wilson
That Council authorize a letter to be sent to the Good Spirit School Division No. 204 encouraging them to proceed with their plans of being proactive and providing students with a Smoking Cessation Program following up with a Policy prohibiting smoking on school property and that Administration prepare an amendment to Bylaw No. 38/2003 that reflects the current language now in place in The Tobacco Control Act respecting schools.
DeRyk - Wilson
That Council also request Administration to send a letter to the Province regarding providing for jurisdiction prohibiting smoking on school grounds and health care facilities.
GIVING NOTICE OF MOTION
Councillor Wilson – Reschedule April 2, 2007 Council Meeting
A notice of motion from Councillor Wilson requesting rescheduling of a Council Meeting was circulated for the consideration of Council.
Wilson – DeRyk
That Council reschedule the Council Meeting of Monday, April 2, 2007 to Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.
Parking Lot – corner of Betts Avenue and Smith Street
Councillor DeRyk provided information from the February 20, 2006 Committee of the Whole Council Meeting in which the Parkland Regional college presented an item in-camera regarding the parking lot on the corner of Betts Avenue and Smith Street, being utilized for parking for the Parkland Regional College students taking training in that area. He brought this forward for Council’s information at this time, in respect to considering a skateboard park at this location.
Goulden – DeRyk
That this Regular Council Meeting move into a Committee of the Whole Council Meeting at 6:28 p.m.
Goulden – Arnelien
That we rise and report from the Committee of the Whole Council Meeting at 6:59 p.m.
Maloney – Pearen
That this Regular Council Meeting adjourn at 7:00 p.m.
Approved this 12th day of February 2007.