Municipal employment video eyed to attract newcomers

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NORTH PERTH – On June 20, North Perth council got an update on an employment video meant to advertise working at the municipality; they approved a number of drainage and tender awards; and directed staff to organize additional public meetings on the proposed truck bypass and downtown improvements.

Employment video

North Perth is looking to work with a local contractor to develop an employment video to incentivize working with the municipality. Employer Branding Assistant Hailey Green, in her first council meeting presentation, reviewed the report. The video is expected to film in July with a completed video ready in August to be posted on social media and the municipality’s website. They have been working now on getting quotes from potential videographers, looking especially at local videographers.

Green pointed out an influx of workers coming and as the municipality grows, they will be looking for talented people to work in their local government and consider their office as a place to build a meaningful career.

Drainage and tender awards

A number of drainage items were on the docket. The Isachenko municipal drain in the Wallace Ward will be investigated and improved, after concern was raised on capacity being hit on the current system. The Hilpert municipal drain will also be investigated and improved, after a cleanout five years ago resulted in the banks slumping back. The report reads that this will be “an ongoing maintenance concern as well (as) a future erosion problem.” Bylaw 49-2022 was officially signed, allocating $157,000 to the Gringrich-Schill municipal drain drainage works.

VanDriel Excavating Inc. was awarded the tender for the McCourt drain culvert, after providing the low tender of $256,996.16. The department had $324,000 budgeted to complete this project, leaving a surplus of $67,003.84.

A replacement for a 2002 Volvo motor grader came in over-budget, with the winning bid coming from Toromont Cat with $528,232. Council was advised to take that bid with additional funds from underspent projects being allocated to this. Previous tenders for the same purchase were denied in 2021 because of an increase in price, but those prices are not going down. The vendor notes that the grader will come in next spring, so the purchase will be delayed until then.

Truck bypass

Coun. Lee Anne Andriessen brought up that the recent public meeting regarding the Master Transportation Plan on June 15 was not attended by everyone that wanted to go.

She has received comment from a few people who were working during the meeting. She expressed an interest in holding another meeting to get as much community outreach as possible.

Manager of Operations Lyndon Kowch noted that he could go about organizing another public meeting with the consultants. He pointed out that in addition to the meeting on June 15, the information is also posted on the municipality’s website with room for comment.

He indicated that a survey is being created to further gauge where the public stands on the downtown improvements.

Andriessen said that because of the huge investment this plan will take, another meeting and further engagement is warranted. She requested that staff organize an additional session, which passed.

Connor Luczka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Listowel Banner

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