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Outlook town council - Swimming pool rates see increase

Highlights from the February 8 of Outlook town council.
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OUTLOOK - The town council of Outlook met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday night, February 8. Present was all of Council: Sharon Bruce, Bob Stephenson, Justin Turton, Kyle McLeod, Ryan Husband, and Kevin Grotheim, as well as Mayor Maureen Weiterman and Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Trew.

The meeting was broadcast on the Town's Facebook page.

A number of topics and items were discussed, including the following highlights.

Presentations and Recognitions

Mayor Weiterman thanked Councillor Grotheim for his recent service as Deputy Mayor, noting his valuable input on topics and his dedication to his role on town council.

Reports of Administration, Staff and/or Committees Requiring Decision

Next, Council discussed recommendations for swimming pool rates that came from the Community Development Advisory Committee. It was recommended that rates be increased across the board, but they were said to be in modest amounts.

It was also said that while Outlook's new rates put it higher than most city pools, many of the communities that were contacted to discuss rates are in the current process of reevaluating and likely increasing their own pricing models.

"The swimming pool, as all the recreation facilities, is something that the user fees that we charge are still supplemented by taxpayers dollars significantly to keep these things running," added Administrator Trew.

A motion was made for Council to support the recommendations and it was carried.

Unfinished Business

Council once again touched on the town's snow removal policy, with Trew noting one of the changes made stating that within three business days and no more than five, snow would be removed from meridians and centre lines. After some discussion, the motion was made to support the policy and it was carried.

New Business

Council discussed a draft that had come in relating to designs for the town office parking lot. Trew asked planners to put together a plan regarding what a parking lot could look like and how many spaces it would accommodate within one lot. Council looked at the draft, noting where the lot would be and how traffic would be accommodated, and the drawings were for informational purposes only at this point.

Council then moved discussion to a Zoom call, talking to representatives from Associated Engineering regarding induction well test sites and upgrades to the water treatment plant. However, the discussion wasn't broadcast over the Facebook live stream due to bandwidth issues. Mayor Weiterman updated viewers after the call, noting that there are now tentative schedules for moving forward on those two projects.

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