Starting on April 9th for 30 hours, voting will take place for Kraft Hockeyville. The Lumsden Sports Centre is a finalist for the award, which would mean $250,000 for the sports centre and an opportunity to host an NHL game. Council made a motion to approve $6,000 for advertising for the event.
The Director of Planning and Development, Aimee Bryck, brought forward a subdivision referral from Community Planning for a development in the RM. The development is not directly adjacent to the town and is not proposing the use of any town services. Bryck initially felt it was low stakes for the town. Councillor Rhonda Phillips was strongly opposed to the referral and brought the Council’s attention to the Ministry of Highways requirement, which would mean a service road from the highway would come down through a residential neighbourhood making 8th avenue a major thoroughfare to a large subdivision. Mayor Bryan Matheson said, “Rhonda is absolutely correct.” He noted it would have enormous implications for the town. Council passed a motion that the Town of Lumsden would send a letter saying this was not an option for the town and they were not in favour of opening up Eighth Avenue.
The last item on the agenda was what Mayor Matheson described as “the most interesting discussion item.” It appears that dog poop on the dike is a significant problem and the Council had some feelings about it.
Council’s ideas included adding signage with some frank wording and an additional garbage can at Broad Street.
Mayor Matheson referenced public messaging in New Zealand that was very blunt that said, “The only reason for not doing this is because you don’t give a damn or because you are stupid.” Councillor Rhonda suggested, “Get your poop in a group. Let’s clean up for spring.”
Mayor Matheson, always the educator, asked councillors who were dog owners. Three raised their hands. He said, “As dog owners do you know you need to pick up after your dogs?” They answered yes. Mayor Matheson said that he found it irritating that he has to see this, “Everybody knows this. We all know it.” Councillor Ashlee Longmoore’s story elicited gasps and groans when she recalled her kids were rolling down the side of the dike before she knew it was an issue.
Councillor Jim Rawlings read out another New Zealand communications sign that uses humour and blunt words, which said, “Why are you not picking up your dog poop? - I am a jerk - I don’t care about this area or community – I’m lazy – Mommy still cleans up after me. Don’t be a tosser pick up your dog poop and rubbish.”
In the end, Council decided to leave the exact wording up to Chris Exner of Parks and Recreation’s creative imagination.
Public Works Manager recommended that the Council change the landfill hours. He told the council people are lined up waiting in the morning. However, there is never anyone using the landfill for the last hour. Council passed the motion and has updated the hours on their website.
Jane Dough’s Bakehouse and Coffee Company requested a change to their municipal boulevard lease agreement. The change would extend the season the company would operate on the street as they did in 2020. Last year, Council extended the season to use the space because the businesses and patrons were utilizing it during the pandemic. Council approved the motion to extend the application from April – October 31st.
Councillor Byron Tumbach, who chairs the Group 1 Committee, provided his report from their March 11th meeting. The committee recommended that the Council prepare welcome pamphlets for use by new-comers to the community. They also recommended that the Council increase the annual contributions to the Fire Department Reserve by an additional $11,000 per year from 2022-2026 to fund the purchase of a fire truck in 2026 adequately.
Under new business, the committee decided to organize a meeting with the Qu’appelle Valley Nordic Board to discuss their Land Use Agreement which expires this year. The committee also made a motion that they investigate the cost of hosting a strategic planning session with a facilitator.
Lumsden minor ball requested financial assistance from the town for their diamond restoration. After spending money on their score clocks, they are a little bit short. Council didn’t need to discuss this and immediately made a motion to provide $4,000 in assistance to help them out.
Meetings of Council are open to the public and being held over Zoom. Invitations are available by contacting the office. The next meeting is on April 6th at 6:30 pm.
Jennifer Argue, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Last Mountain Times