Report on May Council Meeting of the Town of Wakaw

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The regular meeting of the council of the Town of Wakaw was held on Thursday, June 16th, 2022, in Council Chambers located at 121 Main St. Wakaw, SK with the following members of Council in attendance: Deputy Mayor Michael Markowski and Councillors Iris Fleming, Rob Michayluk, Terry Ostafichuk, Chad Parenteau and Michael Romanchuk along with CAO Melissa Dieno. Deputy Mayor Markowski called the meeting to order at 7:07 pm. With the presentation of the agenda, Deputy Mayor Markowski declared a conflict of interest to item 11.23 under New Business. Cllr. Michayluk moved that the agenda be accepted as amended to include a call for a bi-election and an in-camera session. Crd.

7:08 – 7:44 pm Marlyn Phillips-Leson representing Grant Thornton presented the 2021 Audited Financial Statement

7:45 – 8:03 pm Ryan Sawitsky appeared before Council to discuss development in the Town of Wakaw

8:04 – 8:50 pm Tommy Oleksyn gave his Sr. Utility Worker’s report

Cllr. Ostafichuk moved that Council hire Scantron Robotics to perform a survey of the lagoon in order to identify the best way for them to do the dredging of it and that they be given a deposit of $1500.00. Crd.

The minutes of the last Council meeting having been presented, Cllr. Parenteau moved that the minutes of the May 11th, 2022, meeting be accepted as presented. Crd. Next CAO Dieno presented the May Statement of Financial Activities and Cllr. Ostafichuk moved that the May 2022 Statement of Financial Activities be accepted as presented. Crd. Next, CAO Dieno presented the correspondence which had been received since the last meeting namely from: Chris Letendre with a junked vehicle report, REACT letter from operator Brian Blake, information regarding Recreation and Parks month June 2022, Metis Nation Saskatchewan inviting Deputy Mayor Markowski to Back to Batoche Days, SUMA newsletters. Cllr. Michayluk moved that the correspondence having been circulated now be filed. Crd. Lastly, CAO Dieno presented the list of Accounts payable and Cllr. Ostafichuk moved that the May 2022 Accounts in the amount of $474,303.66 be approved for payment. Crd.

Cllr. Romanchuk moved that the reports of Council Committees, Senior Utility, Recreation & Community Development Manager and CAO be accepted as presented. Crd.

Further to the correspondence received, Cllr. Michayluk moved that Council acknowledge the Bylaw Officer Report of junked vehicles and have him follow up with a Letter to Remedy for all vehicles on the list. Crd. As well, Cllr. Fleming moved that Council recognize and declare June as Recreation and Parks Month.

Moving on to new business, Cllr. Michayluk moved that Council direct CAO Dieno to eliminate the second authorization for online payments through Conexus Credit Union as it is redundant since all payments are approved by Council in their monthly meeting. Crd.

Cllr. Parenteau moved that Building and Development permit #03/22, submitted by Wendell Gress, be approved. Crd.

Cllr. Romanchuk moved that the April 2022 Water Quality Records Review be approved. Crd.

Cllr. Parenteau moved that Steve Skoworodko continue as representative on the Wheatland Express Board as a member at large. Crd.

The next order of business related to the hiring of summer staff for 2022 Kids Club and the Summer Public Works. Cllr. Fleming moved that Council hire the 2022 Kids Club Staff at $13.00 per hour. Crd. Cllr. Romanchuk moved that the Summer Public Works students Michael Burchailo and Carter Greschuk be hired at $13.00 per hour. Crd.

Cllr. Ostafichuk moved that Conexus Credit Union be permitted to cut through the sidewalk in order to correct the drainage of the eaves with the understanding that the cut area will be repaired. Crd.

Cllr. Fleming moved that Policy 100-3, a policy regarding Council iPad usage, be approved. Crd. Another motion regarding policy was made by Cllr. Michayluk who moved that Policy 100-4, a policy for recognizing the time an individual dedicates to serving on Council and guideline for purchasing a farewell token be approved. Crd.

Cllr. Fleming moved that the Town of Wakaw implement a 3-month waiting period for full/part-time new hires to qualify for group benefits effective August 1, 2022. Crd.

As applies to the Recreation Board Secretary-Treasurer position, Cllr. Ostafichuk moved that Council acknowledge Ann Olson’s resignation from this position and appoint Dwane Burke to act as the new Secretary-Treasurer to the board. Crd.

A motion that the Order to Remedy at 113 3rd Street South be granted and extension as requested by Helen Kowal was Defeated.

Cllr. Parenteau moved that Council give Wheatland Express permission to apply for a liquor permit for events they are hosting through the summer. Crd.

10:28 pm Council went in to in-camera to discuss legal matters

10:33 Council came out of in-camera

Cllr. Parenteau moved that CAO Dieno compose a letter of apology to send to J. Blakely from when she was a delegate at a Council meeting in July 2021. Crd.

Cllr. Ostafichuk moved that Council acknowledge the Town of Wakaw will be receiving Municipal Revenue Sharing in the amount of $210,044 for 2022, an increase of $1168 over 2021. Crd.

*Deputy Mayor Markowski declared a conflict of interest to the agenda item 11.23 Reply from Council to REACT and the Wakaw site operator, and exited council chambers.

Cllr. Michayluk moved that CAO Dieno reply to REACT and the Wakaw site operator outlining the Town’s understanding of the guidelines set out by REACT for the proper disposal of refuse at the transfer site. Crd.

Cllr. Ostafichuk moved that in reviewing the new site plan provided by Amy Lintuck which shows the removal of all buildings that have human occupancy, and adding three new store fronts, Council grant permission for these changes and trust that the public’s safety will continue to be a top priority. Crd.

A motion that permission be granted to Mr. Scheinous to have a home-based business at his residence consisting of flea markets, costume and small equipment rentals from his home and/or yard was Defeated.

Cllr. Romanchuk moved that a bi-election be called for November 9th, 2022 for the vacant seat of Mayor. Crd.

Council went in to in-camera at 10:49 pm and came out of in-camera at 10:52 pm

Cllr. Fleming moved that this meeting be adjourned at 11:00 pm to meet again on Wednesday July 13th, 2022, at 7:00 pm. Crd.

Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wakaw Recorder

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