A Special meeting of the Council of the RM of Hoodoo was held on June 16, 2022 with the following members of council in attendance Reeve Derreck Kolla, Councillors Hal Diederichs, Eugene Jungwirth, Reg Wedewer, Donavin Reding and Don Gabel via telephone along with CAO Joan Corneil.
With a quorum being present, Reeve Kolla called the meeting to order at 8:03 am. With no conflict of interest being declared, Reeve Kolla moved that the Council move to Committee of the Whole-in camera at 8:04 am to discuss land, legal, labour and/or strategic planning according to the Municipalities Act Sec 120. Crd. Reeve Kolla moved to reconvene the meeting at 8:23 am. Crd.
The purpose of the Special Meeting was to continue with the agenda items that remained unfinished from the June 8th meeting. Cllr. Gabel moved that all items relating to the road closure be tabled to the July meeting. Crd.
The report received from the speed signs that were placed around Wakaw Lake was presented and Cllr. Reding moved that the speed sign report be accepted. The report from the Bylaw Enforcement Officer was likewise shared and Cllr. Diederichs moved that the Bylaw Enforcement Report be accepted. Crd.
Cllr. Gabel moved that the Cudworth Fire Agreement be amended that if no truck is ordered in 2026, all monies paid by the RM of Hoodoo for reserves be repaid. Crd.
The WSA Permit to Operate Sewage Works requires Wastewater Collection Class 1 and Wastewater Treatment Class 1 Certified Operators. Operator Mike Doerksen has passed all the levels up to Class 2 but will need to apply for an upgraded certificate. Cllr. Reding moved that Council approve the application and fees for continued education units (CEU’s) to allow Mike Doerksen to obtain the Wastewater Treatment Certificate. Crd.
The next item before Council was the issue of a local Pest Control Officer. The RM has had the position advertised since January with no applications. A local individual has expressed interest in taking the classes needed and committing to the position for a period of time. Cllr. Diederichs moved that Council approves the RM to pay the training costs related to becoming a Pest Control Officer and that the position be offered to Gary Mazurkewich at a rate of $25.00/hour and mileage at $0.61/kilometre and this rate to be reviewed annually. Crd.
Cllr. Wedewer moved that Bylaw 06 of 2022 be laid on the table under order of Business-Bylaws. Crd.
Regarding the matter of the lease of pasture land at NE 28-40-27 W2, Cllr Jungwirth moved that the lease of 11 acres of pasture land on NE 28-40-27 W2 be granted to Rob Harasymchuk for $20/acre. Crd.
Cllr. Wedewer moved that Council approve the purchase of 12” decals from Aurora Sign Works for crew trucks, tractors, pay-loader, track hoe, gravel trucks and garbage trucks. Crd.
A discussion was held regarding the need for trail cameras to monitor the weir. Research was conducted by the RM office staff and presented to Council. Cllr. Jungwirth moved that the information be received and filed. Crd.
With the determined location of a SaskEnergy line being located underneath some lots on Balone Beach, Cllr. Gabel moved that lots 5, 6 and 7 Blk 3 Plan #147638010 – storage lots Balone Beach, to reflect the inability to construct a building due to underground gas line, be discounted at the same rate at lot 12 in that same block, with the caveat that should the lease determine they can construct a suitable building without building over the gas line, the lease price is raised to the normal rate for the storage lots on Balone Beach. Crd.
Council also approved the required training for employees: WHIMIS, Ground Disturbance 201, Chainsaw Safety, and First Aid Training for all staff.
And finally with Unfinished Business, Cllr. Gabel moved that Council approves the upgrade of the satellite to cellular box and rapid reporting subscription at $44.00/month per machine. Crd.
Moving on to Bylaws, Bylaw 04 of 2022 and Bylaw 05 of 2022 were tabled.
For Bylaw 06 of 2022, Cllr. Diederichs moved that Bylaw 06 of 2022 A Bylaw for the Numbering of Houses receive the first reading. Crd. Cllr. Wedewer moved that Bylaw 6 of 2022 receive second reading. Crd. Cllr. Jungwirth moved that leave be granted to read Bylaw 6 of 2022 a third time at this meeting. Crd Unanimously. Cllr. Gabel moved that Bylaw 06 of 2022 – A Bylaw for Numbering Houses and Rural Properties be read a third time and passed, and, that Bylaw No. 6 of 2022 be now adopted, sealed and signed by the Reeve and CAO. Crd.
Following the presentation of the Draft Budget, Cllr. Reding moved that council authorize that the budget, including reserve transfers, for 2022 be accepted as presented. Crd. Cllr. Diederichs moved that the mill rate be set to 8.7358 for 2022. Crd. Further relating to the budget, Cllr. Gabel moved that Bylaw 7, 2022 – A Bylaw to Provide for a Base Tax receive first reading. Crd. Cllr. Reding moved that Bylaw 2 of 2022 receive the second reading. Crd. Cllr. Diederichs moved that leave be granted to read Bylaw 7 of 2022 a third time at this meeting. Crd Unanimously. Cllr. Wedewer moved that Bylaw 7 of 2022 be read a third time and passed, and, that Bylaw No. 7 of 2022 be now adopted, sealed and signed by the Reeve and CAO. Crd. Cllr. Jungwirth moved that Bylaw 8 of 2022 – A Bylaw to Establish a Mill Rate Factor to be Levied on Residential and Seasonal Residential Property receive the first reading. Crd. Cllr. Gabel moved that Bylaw 8 of 2022 receive the second reading. Crd. Cllr. Reding moved that leave be granted to read Bylaw 8 of 2022 a third time at this meeting. Crd Unanimously. Cllr. Diederichs moved that Bylaw No. 8 of 2022 be read a third time and passed, and, that Bylaw No. 8 of 2022 be now adopted, sealed and signed by the Reeve and CAO. Crd.
Reeve Kolla moved that a rate payer meeting with the RM of Hoodoo be scheduled for Saturday August 6, 2022. Crd.
Reeve Kolla moved that this meeting be adjourned at 9:58 am. Crd.
Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wakaw Recorder