Millet town council rescinds re-zoning Apr. 25

‘Communities in Bloom Week’ proclaimed in Millet this July

During their regular meeting Apr. 25, the Town of Millet council rescinded a re-zoning bylaw passed two years ago that recently expired.

Rescinded rezoning

Councilors read a report from staff about a recommendation to rescind bylaw 2016/02, which was a re-zoning for a parcel of land located at (short legal) 852.0435;10;52 in Millet. It was stated that the landowner in question had until Mar. 31, 2018 to reflect the re-zoning by registering a subdivision, but that didn’t happen.

The original application filed in late 2015 described six lots for single-family detached dwellings.

Town CAO Teri Pelletier stated the applicant had successfully obtained one extension for the re-zoning, but didn’t ask for a second and the bylaw requirement expired.

Councilor Robin Brooks noted the original zoning was R3; the applicant asked for it to be re-zoned R1.

Councilors passed all readings needed to rescind the re-zoning.

Community hall rates

Assistant CAO Lisa Schoening presented councilors with proposed increases to the Millet Community Hall rental rates. “As discussed administration has been surveying rental costs for neighbouring halls,” stated the agenda memo. “Our community hall is extremely low in comparison to other municipalities.” Rates at the community hall vary depending on weekday versus weekend plus hourly rates.

Staff suggested a scaling increase: one in July, then one in Jan., 2019.

Mayor Tony Wadsworth said he was concerned a jump in weekday rates from the current $115 to $350 by next January.

Councilor Vicki Pyle said she was also concerned too much of an increase too soon might be tough on the local non-profit groups.

Pelletier said all revenue from rental goes towards maintaining the community hall, but even with that revenue the hall is still heavily subsidized by town taxpayers. She said the hall generates about $8,500 annually in revenue.

Schoening noted even with the proposed increases, the Millet Community Hall has much lower rental rates than surrounding communities.

A big week in Millet

Mayor Wadsworth proclaimed July 23, 2018 to be “Communities in Bloom Week” in Millet.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

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