|Council stands firm on parking ticket|
|Local Content - Local News|
|Written by Marcia Love|
|Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:17|
|There's no wiggle room when it comes to parking tickets. That was council's response when a resident brought forward his concerns about a parking ticket he received. Alfred Moore requested council rescind his ticket at its regular meeting on Feb. 28. He received the $15 parking ticket for a bylaw infraction incurred when his vehicle was blocking the alleyway on Harder Street beside Superior Auto Napa. According to Moore, his vehicle was partially obstructing the alleyway for no longer than 10 minutes while he was in the auto parts store. He said there was still enough space for a vehicle to pass through the alleyway. Although he noted the fine was not a large amount, Moore said his concern was the lack of parking available in the business district that could result in more residents receiving similar tickets that would discourage them from supporting local businesses. Mayor Barry Rudd said council does not have the power to rescind tickets issued by the bylaw officer. "Council endorses those bylaws for a reason," he explained. "Whether it's 10 minutes or five minutes, generally our bylaw officer will drive around and give people a chance (to move their vehicle). We've got a bylaw that we pay her to enforce, and if we start rescinding tickets... it defeats the whole purpose." Moore told council he understood the situation. Another delegation was brought to council on behalf of Kent Harrigan Construction. Owner Kent Harrigan presented council with pamphlets and information on rigid frame steel buildings which he is able to provide expertise on. "If at some time in the future the town is looking for a building, I would like the opportunity to quote on one," he said. "The company I'm dealing with will do the engineering on it from ground up." Council thanked Harrigan for the information and acknowledged it fits well with the business retention and expansion work it is currently undertaking with the Maple Creek Chamber of Commerce and business owners. In other business, town administrator Mark Caswell shared a letter with council from the Maple Creek Housing Authority which advised it will be moving forward with a tender to have the chimney at Southview Manor destroyed. Discussions on dismantling the old chimney were brought forward about two years ago when the deterioration of the structure became a safety concern. Members of the Oldtimers Museum have been informed of the decision should they wish to salvage some of the bricks from the landmark. Council said while the chimney is historically significant, it would be far too costly to restore it. "It's a landmark I grew up with in this town, but it's worn out, it's... a risk and it's not cost-effective to save it," said Councillor John Andreas. Councillor Tina Cresswell gave feedback to council on the business retention and expansion meeting held by the town and Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 27. The session allowed business owners to discuss ways of breathing more life into the community's business district to attract more residents, customers and businesses. "We had people engaged, active and really trying to create a positive environment," she stated. "I think there's going to be a lot of good come out of this." Goals of the initiative include building communication and collaboration between business owners, maximizing financial returns to residents, slowing the leakage of business to larger urban centres and removing or modifying barriers to business expansion. Rudd updated council on a South West Public Safety Region (SWPSR) meeting he attended in Swift Current. The region has appointed Shaunavon Fire Chief Dean McNabb to speak to fire departments and municipalities in the area to promote SWPSR. Training will also be a focus of the non-profit organization, which is working to improve emergency response in the Southwest. "We're fortunate here with our training, but there's lots of the smaller places... where training costs money that they don't have," Rudd explained. "A lot of that training is going to be there for free." Risk assessments will also be conducted to ensure all municipalities have an up-to-date Emergency Measures Organization plan. Rudd said he presented representatives of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation with a cheque for $3,043.80, which was raised from the Lights for Life display at the hospital in December. "Next year I think we're going to do better because we'll have (the lights) up sooner," he said. Council received a letter of thanks from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for a donation of $1,000, which was made about a month ago after the organization made its annual request for donations. "We do work with the SPCA to make sure people are taking proper care of their animals around here," Caswell said. "They do good work in the province and in Maple Creek, so we wanted to support their efforts." A thank you letter was also given to the town on behalf of the Rick Hansen Relay in appreciation of the community hosting the relay earlier this month. Despite the inconvenient time of day the event was held, Rudd said organizers were pleased with the turnout. A bylaw to incorporate the land west of the hospital as hospital property for the development of the new integrated health care facility was given second and third reading. "It's already zoned appropriately, but this is so that the official community plan and zoning bylaw are in step with each other," Caswell explained. The bylaw was passed by council. A second bylaw was read to allow the town to enter into an agreement with Xylem Water Solutions. The company services the pumps at the town's lift stations at a cost of $5,000 for an annual service. The bylaw was given, first, second and third reading for approval.|
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