- Leslie Tuchek, EMO Coordinator addressed Council to provide the quarterly report of the emergency operations activities completed. She also outlined the legislative responsibilities of Council as a whole and individual council members in the event of an emergency.
- Bonnie Greene, and Casey Howey, Saskatchewan Environment Conservation Officers met with Council to discuss trends and predictions about the bear population in the District in the coming year(s) and indicated that it is expected to continue to be a high population. The specific issues are with bears becoming habituated and returning to the same areas that they have previously found food at. Bird feeders left out during the summer are a particular problem and garbage left out. Efforts will continue this year with educating the public about living in and visiting bear country.
- Representatives from Loraas and Greenland Waste each provided presentations regarding the options and suggestions for garbage collection; recycling collection and infrastructure at the transfer station. The information will be reviewed and brought back to the April Council meeting.
Update on SaskTel Internet Proposal:
At the February 19, 2021 Special Meeting, Council considered the submissions to the February 18, 2021 Public Meeting held as part of the process to establish Emma Lake and Christopher Lake as an Additional Service Area in order to provide for the payment under a Memorandum of Understanding with SaskTel to provide DSL service under the Community Participation Program.
Following discussion, a motion was made approved to rescind the Resolution that approved the MOU. The Resolution was able to be rescinded because the MOU had not yet been executed and the payment had not been made. Following the motion to rescind, another motion was made to establish a Committee including Council and ratepayers to consider all options for reliable internet in the District.
Council had previously advised that the Bylaw for the Additional Service Area would be considered for 2nd and 3rd readings at the March 8, 2021 Council meeting. The motion to provide for 2nd reading of the Bylaw was made and defeated. This puts the SaskTel proposal and the Additional Service Area to rest.
With regard to the resolution to establish a Committee to review options, this motion was rescinded as well. It was determined that since there are applications coming to the Government of Canada Universal Broadband Fund from private sector sources that envision service in the Lakeland area, both Fibre to home and satellite, a Committee would not be necessary at the current time. A review of the policies and regulations regarding communication tower installation was also requested.
A public hearing was held to receive input regarding an application to place a storage container at the storage compound located at Murray Point. There was one written submission and one verbal submission each expressing no objection to the application. The application was approved following the public hearing.
Reports, Discussion and Actions:
- Public Works: a request for District approval of a drainage works from the Jewel of the North to Emma Lake was deferred pending additional information. A motion was made to authorize Water Security Agency to activate the Anglin pump in order to move water into Emma.
- Protective Services: January statistical report, provincial and inter-agency updates.
- Building / Development: February permit report was received.
- A request to establish a retail cannabis operation at 191 Ambrose Avenue in the building that currently houses the Bear Country Fudge / Ice Cream operation was deferred pending notification to neighbors and a public hearing at the April 12 meeting.
- Two requests to consolidate lots were not objected to.
- A request was received to allow for seasonal campsites in the parking lot at The Quest to accommodate day camp and deferred pending notification to neighbors and a public hearing at the April 12 meeting.
- Administrator’s report included the Action / Motion item report; Ratepayer Concerns; financial reports; and an update of other activities in the office.
- Amendments were made to the proposed Camping Bylaw 16-2020 and the Bylaw will be provided with the material for the Public Hearing to be held for Bylaw No. 17-2020 being the Zoning Bylaw Amendments that will provide for one camper to be permitted on each developed property and be occupied as additional living space. The Public Hearing will be held via Zoom on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
Other matters of business:
- Received communications: SARM; SAMA; AN109 Group; and Census Canada.
- Authorized letters of support for Xplornet and for Viasat for applications under the Government of Canada Universal Broadband Fund.
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