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Niverville Council Meeting in Review—September 7

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Niverville’s town council met virtually on Tuesday, September 7 for a regularly scheduled meeting. In a rare absence, Mayor Myron Dyck was not in attendance.

There were no public hearings scheduled.

Security Deposit Refunds

The bulk of the agenda dealt with approving extensions for the refunds of building permit security deposits of homes built by Heritage Lane Builders.

The standard length of time given to issue the refund is 24 months, but the builder may request a 12-month extension to this timeframe.

At this time, a 12-month extension was granted for 72 individual Niverville properties on Aberdeen Drive, Birkdale Cove, Briarfield Court, Breckenridge Drive, Foxdale Way, Hawthorne Way, St. Andrews Way, and Murcar Street.

Requests for extensions were also made for six other homes, but these were denied since the requests were only made after the time limit had already expired.

CRRC Drop-In Costs

In other business, a slight change has been made to the fee schedule at the Community Resource and Recreation Centre.

Drop-in costs had previously been listed as $2 + GST for a local individual, $5 + GST for a local family, $4 + GST for a non-local individual, and $10 + GST for a non-local family.

To streamline the process of payment the decision, was made to keep the prices as they were but to make them include the GST. This in effect lowers the price of admission slightly.

Holiday Party Budgets

Next, a request was made to establish a set amount of money which town department managers can use to throw holiday parties for their employees.

This year, managers will be allocated $121 per permanent staff member or council member. Next year, that number will go up to $125. The year after, it will raise to $129.

For part-time employees and CRRC staff, the amount is lower—$32 this year, $33 next year, and $34 the following year. Gift cards for individual service providers will be given in the amount of $40 for each of the next three years.

Heritage Reflection Sign

Communities in Bloom requested a new Heritage Reflection Sign be erected at 28 Main Street. This request was granted, pending their adherence to standard signage rules.

Councillor Nathan Dueck took this opportunity to publicly thank Communities in Bloom for all the hard work they do to keep Niverville beautiful.

Odds and Ends

A $25,000 operating grant was approved for Open Health Niverville. CAO Eric King reports that this number is in line with their budget and that he expects the grant will be paid back to the town in approximately three to four years.

Finally, a discussion took place about a last-minute addition regarding the installation of four new 60-watt LED streetlights on Crown Valley Road between Fifth Avenue South and the south entrance to Hespeler Park. A motion was made to pay Manitoba Hydro for these lights, which was unanimously passed and carried.

The next meeting of council will take place on September 21 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be available for people to attend virtually, but for the first time in over a year council will also be meeting in person.

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