Sedley council moves to seize four properties

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Sedley village council voted to take steps to seize four properties under property tax provisions of The Municipalities Act during its Nov. 18 meeting.

Taxes of $6,298.29 are owing for the property on the 300 block of Broadway Street according to chief administrative officer Samantha Gillies, who recommended council seize the title for the land as the deadline for payments had expired.

‘Basically, what that means is we proceed to take title, send them a form and wait six months,” Gillies said.

Other properties on Broadway Ave, with the legal addresses of 116 Broadway Ave., 106 Broadway Ave. and 104 Broadway Ave. are also subject to tax enforcement, but were not subject to the six-month waiting period, after a council resolution before the property is officially seized.

“Once you make the resolution, I’m going to apply to take title and it’s ours,” Gillies said. “Because the assessment is low enough, I’m authorized to do that.”

Council then approved the necessary motion for Gillies to proceed with the tax enforcement of those properties as well.

Discussion of the landfill environmental assessment also took place. While the Sedley landfill did receive a permit to operate, the permit was only renewed for one year instead of the normal five-year period. Council was also informed a landfill operations plan, a landfill emergency response plan, a preliminary landfill closure plan will need to be adopted, as well as an environmental assessment plan. To date, Sedley’s administration has met the required report filing deadlines, Gillies said. Some of the planning work, as previously reported in this paper, was funded by the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program.

Some hazardous-waste slip tanks and numerous barrels, known to contain used oil but also potentially containing some unknown materials, will have to be removed. Some of the barrels have bullet holes, meaning it is likely some of the soil around those barrels is now contaminated.

“We should get out in front of it so that’s done before we submit our environmental assessment report,” Gillies said. “Then we can tell them we took care of it.”

Recycle West offered a quote of $300 to empty the slip tank, and up to 20 drums. In addition, a disposal fee will apply on a per-drum basis, and the contaminated soil will need to be addressed, with drum delivery of $65 per drum, and soil removal costs of $100 per drum. Gillies said an engineer told the administration four centimetres of soil will need to be removed, placed in to drums and hauled away, a job Recycle West is qualified to handle.

Mayor Alan Currie noted the Sedley landfill is the only one serving the entire RM of Francis.

“It’s something we definitely want to take care of and retain,” Currie said.

It is not legal to take oil to the landfill now for disposal. The oil there now was dumped prior to those regulations taking effect, and had been left there for years, virtually forgotten.

Council did not make a decision on that quote, as it was felt cheaper options may be available.

As part of the regular administration of a new term, council appointed Gerard Parent as deputy mayor.

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