Village of Warburg – Council Meeting, January 24, 2011

  • Feb. 1, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Pipestone Flyer

Delegations:

Council gave Gary and Evelyn Broadbent approval for their new home frontage to be placed facing the east side of the street

Warburg Hockey and Skating Club/Arena Board representatives President Barry Gidosh and Director Mark Gollnick submitted their own arena lease agreement for Council’s review and approval. The Arena Board believes their agreement “better reflects the intent and purpose of the Arena Board and the day-to-day operations of the Arena” than the one proposed by the Village. The wording was a concern to Arena Board members because it appears to make them personally liable should something go wrong.

Mayor Kohl pointed out the reason the wording is “all encompassing” because of grants.   Gollnick, who is a lawyer, said he thinks their agreement would also be acceptable for grants.  Grants require a signed lease. Signing lease agreements “used to be a formality, but now it is associated with grants.” 

When Gollnick inquired if the Arena was piggybacked onto the Village liability insurance, CAO Pankewitz told him it was “listed individually on Village insurance because of the ammonia inside.” Although the Village carries $5 million liability, the Board, as any Board does, needs to do their “due diligence.” Alberta Gaming extended the December 2010 deadline for signing to January 31, 2011. Council accepted, signed and sealed the agreement brought forward by the Arena Board.

Following that, the delegates told Council the Arena bleachers, boards, and flooring projects have been completed.  Heating issues have been taken care of. The 1983 plant seems to be doing fine (“the ‘chiller’ was done eight years ago”). Two big-ticket “wish list” items remain— arena lighting and a newer Zamboni. “This one’s 27 years old.

Budget

Council reviewed the revenue portion of the budget (working copy) and entertained expense “wish list” items for upcoming budget deliberations—upgrade signage in the parks, repair ceiling in the shop, Centennial Park, grader upgrade, adding an extra day for recycling pickup. 

New Business

  • Peel’s Backhoe Service Ltd. tender for $278.577.34 for a Water Supply Upgrade project (Raw Waterline) was accepted.
  • Council is supporting the Alberta/Northwest Territories Command/The Royal Canadian Legion (ANTCRCL) representing Alberta and the Territory’s Veterans by sponsoring a 1/10 page advertisement in the “Military Service Recognition Book”—so none of us forget the selfless contributions made by our Veterans.  Proceeds raised from this project will allow the ANTCRCL to fund the recognition book and help the Command to improve series to Veterans and the more than 170 communities served throughout Alberta and the NWT.  In a letter to Council, President Darrel Jones said, “The Legion is recognized as one of Canada’s largest “Community Service” organizations. This project ensures the Legion’s continued success in providing these very worthwhile services.”  The books of remembrance are available for viewing at the local Warburg Royal Canadian Legion Branch.
  • Council is in agreement with the RCMP getting extra staffing, and supports in principle their efforts to do so. “We would rather have someone behind the wheel than behind a computer,” said Mayor Kohl.
  • According to CAO Pankewitz, Public Works will be working on snow bank trouble spots. Public Works will be removing snow banks left by the grader using a skid steer and truck.  “The downtown area will be loaded first and then carry on from there.”

Just Posted

Three cannabis retail developments coming to the City of Wetaskiwin

Legalization leads to high costs for the city

Mentally healthy workplaces boost bottom line: speaker

Robert Manolson says employees looking for kinder workplaces

Wetaskiwin reader horrified at Trudeau’s weakness

Trudeau ignores child murderer’s transfer: writer

Residents not happy with county order to remove approach

County of Wetaskiwin says approach unapproved, dangerous

Canada Post strikes leaves small shops in the lurch as holidays approach: CFIB

Rotating strikes began in Victoria, Edmonton, Halifax and Windsor

China opens mega-bridge linking Hong Kong to mainland

The $20 billion bridge took almost a decade to build while incurring major delays and cost overruns

Dangerous Cat 4 Hurricane Willa closing in on Mexico coast

Officials said 7,000 to 8,000 people were being evacuated from low-lying areas, mostly in Sinaloa state

Excessive speed named as cause of Taiwan train derailment

18 people were killed and at least 170 more were injured

Election watchdog seeks digitally savvy specialists to zero in on threats

Move follows troublesome evidence of online Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election

Crown says man guilty of B.C. girl’s 1978 murder based on alleged confession

Jury hears details of girl’s 1978 murder while Crown says man should be convicted of girl’s murder based on alleged confession.

CFL playoff picture still muddled heading into weekend action

League revealed last week no fewer than 64 potential playoff permutations

Most Read