A regular meeting of the Weyburn City Council was held on July 11; here are the major points of interest:*Council learned that the City of Weyburn may see another record breaking construction year, according to the monthly building department report.
There were 16 building permits issued in June worth $5.2 million, for a total of 97 permits worth $18.15 million so far this year. This compares to last year, which saw 96 permits worth $16.3 million.
"Last year was a record breaking year and we are ahead of that so far," Manager of Community Services Doug Mulhall told Council. "We are off to a pretty good start, I think, and there is more to come."
So far in 2011, the City has issued 27 permits for new houses worth $8.3 million and six permits for residential repairs worth $210,000. Commercially, there have been four new builds worth $5.2 million and one repair worth $50,000. Industrially, there were three new builds worth $2.6 million and two additions and alterations worth $350,000.
At this time last year, there were 20 permits for new houses worth $6.3 million. No permits were issued for residential repairs. Commercially, there was one new build worth $2.6 million. No permits were issued for commercial repairs. Industrially, there was one new build worth $200,000 and one addition and alteration worth $120,000.
*Council approved a request from the Weyburn Riding and Driving Club to extend their lease until 2017.
The club leases land from the City along Queen Street on the northwest side of Weyburn. They are planning to repair the fence and pasture, along with installing a permanent round pen at their own expense and want to ensure that their lease will continue until 2017.
In response to this request, City Manager Bob Smith stated that although Council denied the lease extension to HELP International last year due to prospected growth and expansion in the area, their lease with the Riding Club includes a 30-day termination period in which either party can cancel the lease within 30 days. He explained that HELP had requested a more permanent lease agreement that the City was unable to fulfill.
*The next City Council meeting will take place on August 8 after a short summer break.