Challenging year for curling club
Maple Creek Curling Club’s 20-year lease ran out at the end of March, Town Council heard.
Instead of seeking a renewal for a similar length of time, the club decided on a one-year lease, which will be reviewed in 2022.
Councillor Al Fournier, chairperson of the Parks, Recreation & Culture Committee, gave this update on the curling club at the April 27 Town Council meeting. He said last year had proved a challenging one for the club because of COVID-19.
It had only been able to open its doors for three or four weeks, he believed.
“Taking the nature of the year they have had, the uncertainty of the fall and the winter, and some costs they will have to put into the building … it was discussed that we have an agreement for a one-year lease and to review it next year and see how the year goes and see if we can have a lengthier lease that will be in the best interests of everybody, but for now we will go for a year and review it next year at this time.”
A bylaw for the Town of Maple Creek to enter into an agreement with Maple Creek Curling Club passed three readings and was adopted.
Projects to be submitted for funding
As the Town of Maple Creek is a member of the South West Transportation Planning Council, it is entitled each year to submit three projects for potential funding.
Councillor Cara Teichroeb, the Town’s representative on this municipal body, attended its last meeting by Zoom.
“This is always an exciting time of year because it is when we get a chance to pick our new projects to submit to the government for funding,” she said during the “Mayor and Councillors Forum” at the April 27 Town Council meeting.
She said the three projects submitted last year for the Maple Creek airport were still in the queue.
“We haven’t heard what is happening with any decisions, but they will stay in the queue.
“They don’t get bumped out, they stay in this process.”
Councillor Teichroeb added that she would be submitting three more local projects within the next 60 days.
Progress reported on business bylaw
Work on a new business bylaw continues to progress, Town Council heard.
Councillor Jill Roy, chairperson of General Government, said the committee had succeeded in setting out definitions in the bylaw.
“The penalties will be our next project,” she said.
Councillors Cara Teichroeb and Betty Abbott, who both sit on General Government, also delivered a positive assessment.
“I’m very pleased with the progress we are making,” said Councillor Abbott.
Michelle McKenzie, the Mayor, who also sits on the committee, echoed their remarks.
“We have made great progress on the definitions and the terminology and making it a short, simple, and easy-to-understand bylaw. I’m looking forward to looking at the fees and the penalties.”
McKenzie said the aim was to come up with a bylaw suitable for doing business in Maple Creek.
Discussion on fire ban system
The system of fire bans is under review.
Usually, if the RM of Maple Creek introduces a fire ban, the Town will follow suit.
Councillor Jill Roy, however, said a possible three-tiered fire ban system was now being discussed by the Community Fire Department.
“If you want to have a fire in your fire pit, it might be allowed, but we are not there yet,” said Councillor Roy. “So don’t anybody think that is what will happen.”
VRC positions attract interest
Two local students are among those applying for positions at the Visitor Reception Centre this year.
Gary Schlageter, the Town of Maple Creek’s, Chief Administrative Officer, said that the majority of applicants were university students from around the area, including Medicine Hat, who were returning for the summer.
He spoke at the April 27 Town Council meeting during questions about his latest written CAO report.
Councillor Len Barkman asked whether there was a fair amount of carry-over from one year to the next, with students reapplying for VRC positions.
“Do we have certain students who stay on longer?” he said.
Schlageter replied: “Possibly, but not this year. The VRC wasn’t open last year, but that is a possibility going forward.”