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Niverville Council Meeting in Review—October 5

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Niverville's town council: Councillor Chris Wiebe, Deputy Mayor John Funk, Mayor Myron Dyck, CAO Eric King, and Councillors Kevin Stott and Nathan Dueck. Brenda Sawatzky

Niverville’s town council met on Tuesday, October 5 for a regularly scheduled meeting. There were no public hearings scheduled.

The meeting began with a major announcement about town safety. After a tendering process, the contract for the architecture and engineering of an RCMP detachment in Niverville was awarded to Calnitsky Associates Architects Inc. The winning bid was $69,740.

The town sent out a press release immediately after the meeting to inform the public of this news. The new RCMP detachment will be built on the campus of the town’s administration offices and is expected to be open in early 2023.

At least four officers will be stationed permanently at Niverville’s new detachment.

Next up, Councillor Kevin Stott was appointed as the town’s representative to the Seine Rat Roseau Watershed District Conservation Board for a one-year term ending in November 2022.

Council then voted to accept proposed amendments to the employee handbook, which are to take effect on January 1, 2022. The proposed changes include a clarification of policies regarding late arrivals to work and the differentiation between part-time and full-time staff hours.

Myron Dyck then spoke about how pleased he was with the opening of the museum exhibit at the Niverville Community Resource and Recreation Centre. Dyck said that the cultural space was more than he had expected and that he felt it was a wonderful addition to the town.

Dyck also spoke about looking forward to spending some time with a Grade Two class at Niverville Elementary School. He has been asked to tell the kids what a mayor does.

Next, council voted on a request from the Remembrance Day Committee to close a portion of Main Street between Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to noon on November 11, 2021. The committee is planning a service to honour our fallen soldiers. This request was unanimously passed.

A security deposit refund extension was then granted to the builders of 188 St. Andrews Way. These extensions are a common occurrence, and in this case the extension granted was for one year.

Finally on the agenda for the meeting was the standard review and approval for the most recent cheques drawn on the town’s account. The cheques were approved with minimal discussion as was the September 30, 2021 financial statement.

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