Community centre to remain closed to bus riders

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The Odessa Community Centre will not be opened early for those waiting for school bus rides, village council decided at its meeting on Feb. 9.

There had been a time when children waiting for the bus in the morning were allowed to be inside the building before normal operating hours. However, a combination of poor behaviour on the part of some of the youth and a lack of supervision for the children have led to the doors being closed.

“I know it’s a question of supervision, but who’s going to supervise?” Mayor Larry Lockert asked.

“We have tried this a number of times over the years and then something always happens,” Coun. Annette Gaetz said. “It keeps getting abused.”

The consensus of council was that if children are going to be brought to the bus stop early and it’s cold outside, the parents should stay with their children in their cars.

Elsewhere in the village there has been an issue of people pushing snow piles over culverts that are needed for spring melt drainage. Village council is asking residents to keep snow away from these areas, as well as back lanes, where snowpack in winter can cause overland flooding in the spring.

The RM of Francis also sent a letter to the village council asking if they would be interesting in forming a regional emergency measures organization. Council agreed this would be a good practice, as pooling resources from smaller communities into a larger EMO would give all involved a better service when it’s needed.

“I think that’s a great idea, compared to everyone having their own (EMO), when nobody has time, volunteers and resources, and we are already sharing services,” Coun. Jonathan Kress said.

Keith Borkowsky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Quad Town Forum