Town Council held their regular meeting on Wednesday, May 18.
The town of Carlyle has been designated as eligible for the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program. Letters were to be mailed out to Carlyle community members on May 20. "The program provides financial assistance in specific circumstances where there has been a natural disaster such as flooding, tornados, plow winds, and severe weather. The program provides assistance to eligible claimants in a municipality that has been designated, as a result of substantial loss or damage caused by a natural disaster to uninsurable, essential property." The program requires an application from the municipality affected in order for residents to be eligible. The Town of Carlyle applied for this program due to the damage created by spring run-off. The town is also looking at applying for program assistance as a result of damage resulting from the blizzard storm that took place during the last weekend in April.
An information session for property owners was held on May 26. The purpose of the meeting was to provide program criteria to those individuals that may have experienced uninsurable loss from the natural disaster. A claims centre was held May 27, at the Royal Canadian Legion (318 Main Street) in Lampman. Staff were available to assist ratepayers with applications and to answer questions.
Council is continuing to address issues related to the spring runoff in Carlyle. The manhole on Carlyle Avenue continues to be pumped twice a day. After discussions, it was determined that action was required to ensure the manhole was covered when the sewer was not being pumped. This safety hazard was of concern to Council, and a request was sent to the individuals hired for the pumping.
Discussions regarding the streets in Carlyle also occurred. Town workers have been asked to compile a list of streets that require repair. The town has gravel ordered to place in some of the locations. Further discussion on whether this was the year to fix the streets took place. This questioning stems from the wetness of the subsurface. Council continues to discuss its options.
Council is attempting to divert sewage of the Carlyle Avenue trunk directly to the lagoon to relieve the existing system and sewage works. Letters have been sent out to those taxpayers that would be affected.
Representatives from Red Coat Waste Authority were on hand to talk about the landfill. Due to new landfill regulations coming into effect in the fall, there was discussion as to what would be done with the current site. If there is no one interested in the landfill, Red Coat Waste Authority will decommission the site. The council will be making a final decision on this and forwarding it to the authority.
The town has received a grant of $500 for the Boogie Fest fireworks.
Numerous discussions focused on the town's phase three development. The talk particially stems from the fact that recreational groups are outgrowing the available area in Lions Park. Discussion regarding the future development of ball diamonds took place. Council will collaborate with the Minor Ball organization to determine what is required for this.
The City of Weyburn sent a letter regarding a workshop being held on regional collaboration. One council member and the mayor will be in attendance.
G.F.K. High School will hold its graduation on June 18. Someone from the council will be on hand to present the scholarship. The $500 scholarship is granted to a student that shows volunteerism and community spirit. The recipient of this award is selected by personnel at G.F.K.
The town has not received an official date for the completion of the Water Treatment Plant. That being said, a tentative date for the ribbon-cutting ceremony has been decided upon as July 15. Council is hopeful that the work will be completed by this date.