KAMSACK — At its two regular June meetings, Kamsack council dealt with numerous issues, including concerns about rising expenses to decommission the municipal landfill.
Council instructed its administration to provide additional information on the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) grant for the decommissioning of the municipal landfill.
The cost of decommissioning of the landfill has doubled to about $4 million, and although council has already received $1.4 million for the job, it wants more, Brunt said, adding that the costs include an engineering study, a water study to assure there will be no leaching, and the construction of a transfer station. The work must be completed by 2027.
Told that the 1978 1150 Crawler loader is no longer being used and has been pulled out of the current fleet, council agreed to sell the machine for $18,000.
Councillors Lyle Romaniuk and Darren Kitsch were authorized to attend a Highway 49 road tour in Arran on August 4.
The SIGN Positive Impact organization in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority Turning Point Program was given permission to set up a mobile unit and provide a “free” barbecue at the Trackside Gardens caboose on June 29 in recognition of National HIV Testing Day.
It was agreed to enter into a one-year agreement with SARCAN for services in regard to the collection of household glass at a cost of $15.75 per pound.
In this agreement, which ends March 31, 2023, council agreed to pay that amount for glass left at SARCAN recycling depot, Brunt explained.
Council proclaimed July 17 to 23 as National Drowning Prevention Week within the community.
Tax abatement bylaws were introduced, given three readings and adopted for H.K. Choi Holdings (Woodlander Hotel) and Bear Electric Ltd.
A leave of absence from the Kamsack Volunteer Fire Department for Mark Forsyth was approved, and council expressed the hope that he soon returns to the department.
Accepting a recommendation of the Kamsack Volunteer Fire Department executive, council appointed Jordan Green to the department.
At the June 27 meeting, after council heard from Ray Unrau of the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency, who talked about the fire service minimum standards, Ken Thompson, fire chief, was requested to establish a Service Level of Offensive for the fire department.
Kamsack’s gardener was authorized to water the garden at Victoria School during the summer.
A tax abatement of 50 per cent of municipal taxes for King Solomon Lodge was approved.
Don Wright, the town’s operations manager, was instructed to work with CWB National Leasing on the leasing of a dump truck to add to the public works fleet.
At its meeting of June 27, council accepted a letter from residents of Davies Towers in Kamsack and the Kamsack Hospital Auxiliary, who had expressed concern over the Kamsack Hospital closures. Council said it is forwarding the letters to Terry Dennis, Canora-Pelly MLA; Paul Merriman, Minister of Health; Everett Hindley, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Seniors and Rural and Remote Health, and Premier Scott Moe.