Sedley welcomes new librarian; council continues obstructing access to public information

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Sedley’s branch of Southeast Regional Library has a new head librarian, Coun. Gerard Parent told village council Feb. 17.

Sedley resident Stephanie Makellky will step into the position at the freshly-renovated facility, Parent — also a local library board member — said.

”It looks good,” Parent said of the recent upgrades at the library, which included new flooring.

Village administrator Samantha Gillies provided a written report to council, noting that plans for the 2021 budget are underway, with the following projects among those planned for the year: a website upgrade, a new office laptop, security lights for the office, matting for the office, additional trees in the new subdivision at the south end of Broadway Street, enhanced road maintenance, lights at the spray park, sidewalk improvements on the east side of Broadway from Railway Avenue to Assiniboia Avenue, riprap (rock) at the lagoon, well repairs, ditch sculpting, an accessibility ramp at the gym hall, and new cement at the fire hall.

Gillies also wrote the village has sent a Landfill Assessment Report and Landfill Operations Plan to the Ministry of Environment, however the provincial government department has requested additional information.

The village’s action plan document was also shared verbally by Gillies. All January items in the plan have been completed, while items completed in the first half of February included delivery of a $2,000 grant from CanPacific to the Sedley Seniors and Youth Green Committee, completion of an annual financial audit, attendance at the virtual Municipalities of Saskatchewan annual convention, and a council review of the existing emergency measures organization plan.

Council later deferred the conversation around a donation to STARS air ambulance to a future meeting.

Council also met in camera to discuss Municipal Staff Key Performance Indicators.

Council did not make those key performance indicators public, and Gillies added that anyone from the public wanting a copy of reports as presented to council, or even a meeting agenda, will not receive them at their meetings, but instead will have to file a formal request for these documents on a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy form, during regular office hours. At the administrator’s discretion, a $20 fee may apply plus photocopying charges for physical documents.

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