CITY OF YORKTON
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
FEBRUARY 11, 2008
Minutes of a Regular Meeting of Council held on Monday, February 11, 2008 in Council Chambers City Hall commencing at 5:00 p.m.
Present: Mayor Chris Wyatt, Councillors Arnelien, Goulden, Maloney, Pearen and Wilson.
Absent: Councillor DeRyk
Staff Members Present: David Putz, Bonnie Schenher, Lonnie Kaal, Dean Clark, Darcy McLeod, Tricia Strutynski and Darren Spelay. 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
Arnelien – Pearen
That the Agenda be approved as presented.
Goulden – Wilson
That two property items be added to the in-camera portion of the Committee of the Whole Council Agenda.
Voting on the motion as amended.
Councillor Maloney reminded the citizens of Yorkton about the 2008 Easter Seal for Snowarama held this Saturday in Yorkton. Barry Bradshaw, John Denysek and crew are putting on another ride this year along with the Yorkton Snow riders. The trails are in great condition and are looking forward to having many riders this year. The biggest one-day fundraiser in the Province and last year raised over $90,000.00 for the kids at camp Easter Seal.
Councillor Goulden advised of the recent SUMA Annual Conference and that 4 Members of Council were in attendance and also on the Tuesday night at the Awards banquet four employees were honored for long-term employment and dedication to the City of Yorkton. Congratulations to James Kluk, Don Teniuk, Anthony Fullawka and Brian Stranaghan. Thank you to them for their dedication and commitment to the City of Yorkton.
Mayor Chris Wyatt advised of calls received about the amount of salt on the city streets. The City of Yorkton is reducing the salt on a year-by-year basis due to environmental and other concerns and assured the citizens that the City is using the minimum amount of salt possible.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Regular Council Meeting Minutes – January 21, 2008
Wilson – Maloney
That the Regular Council Meeting Minutes of January 21, 2008 be approved as presented.
Committee of the Whole Council Meeting Minutes – January 21, 2008
Arnelien – Pearen
That the Committee of the Whole Council Meeting Minutes of January 21, 2008 be received and filed as presented.
HEARING OF PETITIONS, PUBLIC NOTICES AND PRESENTATIONS
Scouts and Guides Canada – Proclamation – Scout-Guide Week – February 17th to 24th, 2008.
A letter dated January 21, 2008 from the Zion 8th Wolf Cub Leader of Scouts and Guides Canada was circulated for the consideration of Council.
Cub Leader Ms. Karen Chopty along with Tate Chopty, Sheldon Moore, Mathew Linsley, William Smith and Chris Hansen were present in Council Chambers to speak to their request.
Maloney – Goulden
That Council authorize Mayor Chris Wyatt to proclaim the week of February 17th to 24th, 2008 as “Scout-Guide Week” in the City of Yorkton and to raise their flags on Sunday, February 17th , 2008 at City Hall Park.
Springers Gymnastics Club – Presentation – Potential Purchase of New Building
A letter received February 6, 2008 from the President of the Springers Gymnastics Club was circulated for the consideration of Council.
Mr. Brian Kruger, President and Mr. Glen Gelowitz, past President were present in Council Chambers to speak to their request.
Wilson – Goulden
That Council refer the request for assistance from the Springers Gymnastics Club for the property located at the corner of Dominion Avenue and Darlington Street, to Administration to look at the request, what would be the impact on other clubs and bring back a recommendation for the next Council Meeting.
Public Notice – Sale of Land – 44 Fourth Avenue North
There were no petitioners present in Council Chambers to speak for or against the Public Notice for the Sale of Land at 44 Fourth Avenue North.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND MATTERS REFERRED
Yorkton Business Improvement District – Development Plans City Centre Park
A letter dated January 29, 2008 from the Yorkton Business Improvement District was circulated for the consideration of Council.
Mr. James Hodgson, President was present in Council Chambers to provide an update on the City Centre Park.
Mr. Hodgson advised that the Mural on the West side of the Liquor Store is estimated at $30,000; the sundial at $60,000 (30 feet wide by 15 feet high); and the roof over the stage at $100,000. The lighting and sound system will be extra. He provided sample models of the sundial as well as the roof over the stage area. The mural should be in place by September of 2008, the roof not until after funds are raised for this, and the sundial in should be completed this summer. The money for the mural and the sundial will come from the money deferred from the lighting project for last year. The money for the roof is expected to come from the fund-raising efforts.
Arnelien – Wilson
That the City of Yorkton approve the request of the Yorkton Business Improvement District to move forward with the two concepts presented, being the mural and sundial for the City Centre Park.
Darren Spelay left Council Chambers at 5:35 p.m.
Good Spirit REDA – 2007 Annual Report
The 2007 Annual Report from Good Spirit REDA, Inc. was circulated for the consideration of Council.
Mr. Evan Ortynsky, President of Good Spirit REDA was present in Council Chambers to speak to Council on this report and to answer any questions that Council may have.
Councillor Maloney inquired of the business survey that had been completed in November of 2007. This survey highlighted that in general, the business community is satisfied with the local business environment and is optimistic for 2008. Concerns identified were workforce availability, supply of skilled labourers now and into the future and the need to connect with the First Nations Community, also the lack of available commercial property was identified.
Wilson – Maloney
That we receive and file the annual report from the Good Spirit REDA, Inc. for the year 2007.
Mayor Wyatt – 2008 Commissions of Council Appointments
A memorandum dated February 5, 2008 from Mayor Chris Wyatt along with a list of the 2008 Commissions of Council Appointments were circulated for the consideration of Council.
Pearen – Maloney
That the 2008 Commissions of Council appointments presented by Mayor Chris Wyatt be approved as presented.
City Manager – Sale of Land – 44 Fourth Avenue North
A report dated February 8, 2008 from the City Manager along with an offer letter dated January 31, 2008 from Eagle Project Management Inc., and a copy of the Public Notice regarding the sale of Land at 44 Fourth Avenue North were circulated for the consideration of Council.
Arnelien – Maloney
That we sell the property at 44 Fourth Avenue North for $5,000.00 to the purchaser in question.
Mayor Wyatt and Councillor Arnelien in favour.
Councillors Goulden, Maloney, Pearen and Wilson opposed.
Maloney – Pearen
That the $5,000.00 offer from Eagle Project Management Inc. be rejected and further that Administration be directed to obtain quotes for the demolition of the building and a report brought back to Council thereafter.
Mayor Wyatt opposed.
Director of Leisure Services – City Hall Mechanical Upgrade Capital Budget
A report dated February 3, 2008 from the Director of Leisure Services regarding the City Hall Mechanical Upgrade, Capital Budget request was circulated for the consideration of Council.
***R00030-2008Wilson – Maloney
That the $180,000 request to complete the required improvements to the City Hall heating system be approved as presented.
Fire Chief – Purchase of Ladder 2
A report dated February 7, 2008 from the Fire Chief regarding the purchase of Ladder 2 was circulated for the consideration of Council.
The Chair was passed to Deputy Mayor Wilson at 5:54 p.m. and it reverted back at 5:55 p.m.
Goulden – Pearen
That the purchase of a new 100 foot aerial platform be approved and that Administration be directed to prepare truck specifications, and proceed to tender with a budget limit of $950,000.
Maloney – Pearen
That this Regular Council Meeting move into a Committee of the Whole Council Meeting at 5:55 p.m.
Pearen – Maloney
That we rise and report from the Committee of the Whole Council Meeting at 6:42 p.m.
Arnelien – Goulden
That we accept Recommendation No. C00005-2008 as contained in the Committee of the Whole Council Meeting Minutes of February 11, 2008 that Council go to tender for the Fire Hall as presented requesting costs for 5 bays and an option for 4 bays and bring it back to Council.
Maloney – Pearen
That this Regular Council Meeting adjourn at 6:43 p.m.
Approved this 3rd day of March 2008.