Maple Creek Town Council met for their first meeting after the election on Nov. 7.
The meeting was very short as the committee chairs have not yet been set up with the new council.
Much of the meeting was for the two new council members, Cara Teichroeb and Kevin Rittinger, to have a taste of what the council meetings are like as well the procedures council members go through.
The meeting started by having all present council members and the mayor being sworn in and signing the oath of office.
Councillor Barry Elderkin had a question about a letter sent to Council by Rail Safety Improvement. Councillor Elderkin asked for clarification in regards to the need of education as stated in the letter. Chief Administrative Officer Don McLeod explained it had to do with the Maple Creek Fire Department not having the proper training to be considered HAZMAT in emergency situations.
“The Swift Current or Medicine Hat HAZMAT team will be called if there is an emergency situation. In that case the Maple Creek Fire Department will act as crowd control,” said McLeod.
The fire department will act as crowd control because they lack training to deal with such a situation. It is a safety matter for the fire department and the people of Maple Creek, according to McLeod.
Elderkin also suggested Town Council ask Royce Pettyjohn to work with the Chamber of Commerce to fix concerns with businesses licences.
McLeod confirmed Maple Creek will be hosting the STARS Gala next fall.
Previously the gala has been hosted by the Towns of Shaunavon and Eastend to raise money for the air ambulance service.
The beginnings of the planning has started, the committee has been in contact with both Shaunavon and Eastend for tips on how they made their gala nights a success.
“They said corporate sponsorship is very important. Also having people from the area donate to the cause,” McLeod said adding at the gala in Eastend this year the food was all provided by a near-by Hutterite colony.
McLeod is looking at putting up a radio tower to remotely command the wells around Maple Creek. Along with the tower a building will also need to be built to keep just anyone from switching the switch that turns the wells on and off.
“We’ve heard a few complaints about a well not working only to drive out there and find out some random person driving by has stopped and flicked the switch,” McLeod explained.
Sheila Frey has officially been awarded the arena kitchen tender. She was the only applicant to apply for the tender.
The tender opened after the arena board, who looked after the concession, disbanded this past summer.
Council also passed a motion to allow Miranda Zeeb to receive Business Incubation until 2017 for her new business Creek Home Store.
“It really is a blessing to see that store open here. It is something I think we needed,” said Mayor Barry Rudd about the new store.
Town Council also passed a motion for Town Office’s Christmas hours. Town Office will be closed Dec. 23-26. December 27-30 will be normal hours and the office will reopen for regular hours after New Year’s on Jan. 3, 2017.
Town Council will meet for their next regular meeting on Nov. 22.