Maple Creek Town Council met recently for its regular meeting where they discussed town enforcement and creating a committee for the Armoury restoration.
While discussing the financial statement from October, the issue of tax enforcement was brought up by Coun. Barry Elderkin.
He wanted to know if the town has thought about beginning collections of outstanding taxes.
Chief Administrative Officer Don McLeod said letters have already begun to go out.
Some have already started to pay back their outstanding taxes.
“We are on top of it,” McLeod assured.
The financial report for October was not accurate due to a problem with the debit machine.
The machine did not print receipts and caused the amounts on the report to be incorrect, according to McLeod.
The Town will be looking into getting a new machine to prevent this error from happening again.
Town councillors spent a good deal of their meeting discussing plans to begin a committee for the betterment of the Armoury.
In-depth discussions on creating the committee will begin in the coming weeks.
Council did agree with Mayor Barry Rudd who wanted to see the committee be a short-term endeavour.
“I want people to know that this is not a long-term, forever kind of thing. It will be to assess what needs to be done and in what order,” Mayor Rudd said.
The committee put in place will include councillors as well as groups who regularly use the Armoury.
Their purpose will be to decide what is the most important aspect to be addressed first, creating a list of all subsequent projects.
Councillors Michelle McKenzie and Elderkin said the committee will create a plan to present to council to decide what to do and discuss the cost for the projects suggested.
Council received a letter from the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport about the community rink funding grant.
The letter stated the grant has been cancelled.
Maple Creek received about $5,000 from the grant each year.
There were other programs and grants cut from provincial funding as well.
The Main Street Program was not affected, according to a report by Royce Pettyjohn.
Council was happy to see the cardboard leaving from SARCAN.
McLeod reports all that is left at SARCAN for cardboard is the broken bales, which will need a truck to take away.
The cost of removing the broken bales is $1,500 for both Emterra and the Town.
“There was no charge to remove the cardboard bales that were still together,” McLeod said.
Next, Emterra will be removing the plastic from SARCAN.
“I will be so happy to see the plastic gone,” said Coun. Ellaine Hawrylak.
SARCAN will not be taking in glass bottles. Instead place the glass in the green recycling bins.
Almost all councillors attended Cowtown Christmas on Dec. 8.
“Despite the cold I think it was really well attended,” said McLeod.
“It says a lot about our community that we come out and support our event rain or shine,” said Coun. Cara Teichroeb.
Coun. Hawrylak announced the Communities in Bloom committee has been asked to return to the national competition for next year – something that can only be done by invitation.
“We are also planning our annual soirée for Jan. 19. It will be a dessert night,” Hawrylak said.
In connection with Canada’s 150th celebration the flower of the year will be “red and white” – any red or white flower.
Coun. Elderkin attended the Southwest Health Trust Board meeting where they discussed worries about wait times for ambulances and staffing at the hospital.
The board has sent a letter to Cypress Health to voice their concerns.
There is still two years left on the town’s loan for the hospital which places a special levee on taxes. This will be done within two years.
Council passed a motion to allow the Chief Administrative Officer to have a lumpsum available to distribute at his disposal.
Council will also look into copyrighting the name “Battle of Little Big Puck,” so no one else can use it as the idea becomes more popular.
“This way we can also sell merchandise for it,” siad Coun. Mike Morrow.
Council has cancelled its next meeting. They will meet once again in the new year on Jan. 10.