Report on RM of Hoodoo July Council Meeting

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A regular meeting of the RM of Hoodoo was held on July 13, 2022 with the following members of council in attendance, Reeve Derreck Kolla and Councillors Hal Diederichs, Eugene Jungwirth, Reg Wedewer, Donavin Reding, Bruce Cron and Don Gabel along with CAO Joan Corneil. Reeve Kolla called the meeting to order at 8:11 am. After Council read through the agenda and made amendments, Cllr. Cron moved that the agenda be adopted as amended. Crd. Following the reading of the June 8th minutes, Cllr. Wedewer moved June 8, 2022 regular meeting minutes be approved as corrected. Crd. Then the minutes of the June 8th Public Hearing were presented. Cllr. Wedewer moved that the minutes of the Public Hearing regarding Bylaw 03, 2022- Eliminating a System of Waste-Water Treatment in the Motorhome (MH) District be adopted. Crd. Next, the minutes of the Special Meeting held on June 16th were presented. Cllr. Jungwirth moved that the minutes of the Special Meeting held June 16, 2022, be adopted. Crd.

In response to a request for an extension to the use of temporary storage building from Miles Balone, Cllr. Cron moved that an extension be granted to September 30, 2022 for Temporary Use-Movement of Building onto Property SW 05-43-25 W2 DATED February 23, 2022 and expiring July 31, 2022. Crd. Regarding the fire charges received by a ratepayer for a controlled burn, Cllr. Diederichs moved that administration is directed to pay the RM of Fish Creek the sum of $1160.00 less $175.00 (Fire Fighter payments) for the Rathberger Fire under “controlled burn”. Crd.

Moving on to Communications on the agenda, CAO Corneil presented the correspondence received since the last regular meeting, namely from the Hamlet of Cudsaskwa with their AGM minutes, REACT with the March 21 and May 9, 2022 board meeting minutes, Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds announcing the Prairie Watersheds Climate Program, and the Provincial Association of Resort Communities of Saskatchewan (PARCS)reminding of the convention Oct 14-15, 2022. Cllr. Gabel moved that Council receive the Minutes of Cudsaskwa AGM. Crd. Cllr. Diederichs moved to receive and file the REACT board meeting minutes. Crd. Cllr. Cron moved to receive and file the information on the Prairie Watersheds Climate Program. Crd. Cllr. Reding moved to refers the information on the PARCS convention to Fall meeting. Crd. Also, to a request from St Michael’s Church, Cllr. Jungwirth moved that St. Michael’s Church Hall receive a tax abatement for Municipal Taxes for five years starting 2022 and ending January 2027 as long as the property is owned and operated by St. Michael’s Church. Crd.

Moving on to the agenda item, Reports from Administration which included reports from the Foreman, the CAO, Fay Stewart - Financials, Catherine Mazurkewich – Civic Addressing, LM Bylaw Enforcement and Sask Water. Cllr. Wedewer moved that the Foreman’s report be accepted as presented. Crd. Cllr. Reding moved that the report from the administrator for June/July be accepted. Crd. Cllr. Diederichs moved that Council authorizes the balances of the Dedicated Lands and Reserve Funds accounts be moved into two separate redeemable GIC deposits at Conexus Credit Union and administration is directed to check with the Hamlets regarding their reserve accounts being transferred to a redeemable GIC deposit. Crd. Following discussion about the office renovation and addition, Cllr. Cron moved that the Communications Tower be removed from the RM office building. Crd. Cllr. Jungwirth moved that the Civic Addressing update be received and filed. Crd. Cllr. Reding moved that the CFO report be accepted as presented. Crd. Cllr. Wedewer moved that the report from Bylaw Enforcement be received. Crd. Cllr. Jungwirth move that the Financial Statements and Bank Reconciliation for June 30, 2022, be approved. Crd. Cllr. Diederichs moved that Council approves the attached List of Accounts for approval for total payment of $330,178.43. Crd. Cllr Cron moved that the additional accounts in Batch Number 2022-00084 totaling $2736.88 be approved. Crd. Cllr. Reding moved to receive and file SaskWater Log and Reports. Crd.

Council adjourned the meeting for lunch at 12:07 and reconvened at 12:56 pm.

Upon returning from lunch Council turned to the next agenda item, Unfinished Business. Under Unfinished Business was the tendering for engineering services for a study of Wakaw Lake. Reeve Kolla moved that the item be tabled. Crd.

Council then turned their attention to New Business with the first item being a proposed walkway closure at Wakonda, to which Cllr. Reding made the motion that Bylaw 09 of 2022 A Bylaw to Exchange Land for Walkways be laid on the table under Orders of Business Bylaws. Crd.

The next item on the agenda was the road maintenance agreement with Lonesome Prairie Sand and Gravel. Cllr. Wedewer moved that Reeve Kolla and the CAO are authorized to sign the Road Maintenance Agreement without a performance bond, with Lonesome Prairie Sand and Gravel. Crd.

Regarding a request for permission to apply for a liquor license, Cllr. Jungwirth moved that Council approves and gives permission to Gertrude Kapiniak to apply for a liquor license for a function for 35 adults and 15 children from July 22, 23 &24, 2022 at Lepine Orthodox Hall and that further applications for liquor license approvals be delegated to the Administrator. Crd.

As pertains to the Domremy Beach campground fire fees and site fees, Cllr. Diederichs moved that Domremy Beach Campground be billed the $110/site base tax over and above the current $300/site fee. Crd. Still in regards to Domremy Beach, a request was received by Council to increase the number of speed bumps on the lower road. Cllr. Reding moved that administration is directed to add more speed bumps to the lower road at Domremy Beach. Crd.

Moving on to the Bylaws, Cllr. Diederichs moved that Bylaw 4 of 2022, A Bylaw to Close and Sella Portion of Road receive the first reading. Crd. Cllr. Cron moved that Bylaw 4 of 2022 receive second reading. Crd. Cllr. Reding moved that leave be granted to read Bylaw 4 of 2022 a third time at this meeting. Crd. Unanimously Cllr Wedewer moved that Bylaw 4 of 2022, A Bylaw to Close and Sell a Portion of Road be read a third time and passed, and, that Bylaw 4 of 2022 be now adopted, sealed and signed by the Reeve and CAO. Crd.

Cllr. Jungwirth moved that Bylaw 9 of 2022 A Bylaw to Exchange Land for a Walkway receive the first reading. Crd. Cllr. Diederichs moved that Bylaw 9 of 2022 receive the second reading. Crd. Cllr Cron moved that leave be granted to read Bylaw 9 of 2022 a third time at his meeting. Crd. Unanimously Cllr. Reding moved that Bylaw 9 of 2022, A Bylaw to Exchange Land for a Walkway be read a third time and passed, and, that Bylaw 9 of 2022 be now adopted, sealed and signed by the Reeve and CAO. Crd.

Reeve Kolla left the meeting having declared a conflict at 2:41 pm and Deputy Reeve Reding assumed the chair. Reeve Kolla returned at 2:57 pm after vote on agenda item 15.1 land loss costs.

Cllr. Diederichs moved that payment for ratepayer land loss due to RM activities be paid according to the following: non-seeded - $700/acre first year, seeded - $1000/acre first year, next succeeding four years $250/acre. This payment to be reviewed on an annual basis. Crd.

Following a request from the Cudworth Rec Board, Cllr. Cron moved that the RM of Hoodoo donate up to $7500 to the Cudworth Rec Board for the purchase of shale for ball diamonds. Crd.

Reeve Kolla moved that Council move to Committee of the Whole in Camera at 4:30 pm to discuss land, legal, labour and/or strategic planning according to the Municipalities Act Sec 120. Crd. Reeve Kolla moved to reconvene the meeting at 5:10 pm. Crd.

Cllr. Wedewer moved that the design drawings for an engineered foundation for the north building be awarded to Kova Engineering. Crd.

With the date of the next meeting set for August 10th 2022 at 8:00 am, Reeve Kolla moved that this meeting be adjourned at 5:10 pm. Crd.

Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wakaw Recorder