February 19th, 2019
TIME: 7:00 pm
Attendance: Mayor Alexis Fenner, Deputy Mayor Harding, Councillor Bucci, Councillor Wright, Councillor Porter
Staff: Patty St. Peter, Clerk – Manager
Public: Corrine Fitzherbert, Victoria Star
1. Call to Order at 7:18 p.m.
2. Opening Prayer: The meeting was opened with the Lord’s Prayer
3. Recording of attendance
4. Disclosure of Conflict of Interest – None
5. Approval of Agenda
MOTION: Agenda approved – Councillor Porter, Deputy Mayor Harding
Motion Carried – 2019-24
6. Approval of Minutes
MOTION: Regular Meeting of January 28th, 2019 minutes be approved – Councillor Bucci, Councillor Wright – Motion Carried – 2019-25
7. Proclamation – Purple Day for Epilepsy
Purple Day for Epilepsy Proclamation
Whereas Purple Day is a global effort dedicated to promoting epilepsy awareness in countries around the world, and
Whereas Purple Day was founded in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a nine year old girl from Nova Scotia, who wanted people to know that if you have epilepsy, you are not alone, and
Whereas epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions, estimated to affect more than 50 million people worldwide, and more than 300,000 people in Canada, and
Whereas the public is often unable recognize the common seizure types, or how to respond with appropriate first aid, and
Whereas Purple Day will be celebrated on March 26th annually to increase understanding, reduce stigma and improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy throughout the country and globally,
I therefore proclaim March 26, 2019 Purple Day in New Brunswick, in an effort to raise epilepsy awareness everywhere. Mayor Alexis Fenner, Village of Plaster Rock
8. Committee Reports:
Mayor Fenner advised she had no reports for Regional Service Commission, Southern Central NB Forestry Working Group. It was noted the UMNB meeting is scheduled for this Thursday.
January – Finance
MONTHLY INCOME EXPENSE
GENERAL $ 198,451.88 $ 92,053.04
WATER & SEWER $ 58,354.58 $ 212,418.17 TOTAL $ 256,806.46 $ 304,471.21
RCMP – Mayor Fenner advised that the RCMP Quarterly Report for the West District – RSC 12 has been received. Council has received copies.
Deputy Mayor Harding
- Repaired work on Trackless blower (timers)
- Plowed lots of snow
- Moved snow on back roads
- Sent pump to modern pump (lagoon lift pump)
- Removed Christmas decor
- New cutting edge on 4X4 and plow truck
- New backhoe came in
- Welding on loader blade
- Courilator in for leak detection
Tobique Forestry Advisory
Meeting of the advisory was held on January 29th, 2019. Kevin Topolinski gave a presentation on Environmental oil spills. It was noted that 20 litres of oil is considered an oil spill. The spruce bud worm in Quebec was very bad last year thus concerns where raised that this area could have an outbreak forthcoming. Currently cutting of trees is completed in a straight line however this practice is going to change to a zig zag cutting pattern. This change is due to hunters being able to see wildlife for many yards.
- Did monthly inspection on door and emergency lights.
- Had to change a couple of overhead lights on walking track and in dressing room.
- Had roof shovelled off a couple of times.
- Heat quit working in lobby at Welcome Center, had to change batteries in thermostat.
- Heat still not coming up to where it should be at Welcome Center. Called Dean Yeomans to check elements. One is not working. Called Plumber to fix, he ordered new element, but hasn’t come to fix it yet.
- Fixed Janitor room door so it works right.
- Changed door knob at ticket booth, because someone shoved toothpicks inside key hole.
- Serviced Zamboni and greased.
- Zip tied blinds shut on walking track. People walking on the track kept opening them and the sunlight was messing with the ice.
- Had a small ammonia leak in plant room. Called Black & McDonald to come replace site glass where the leak was.
- Fixed a urinal in dressing room that wouldn’t stop running.
- Changed the batteries in the portable ammonia sniffer by the front entrance.
- Fixed augers on the snow blower. They bent because someone threw out a t-shirt and was under the snow.
- Repaired some gym equipment.
- Installed a new fire extinguisher in electrical building by the lake.
- Installed a new damper motor for exhaust vent inside ice plant room.
- Put 2 new flags up by entrance near road.
- Drained all the water in condenser tank in plant room and filled with fresh water.
- Borrowed a lift from Worship Center and replaced all 6 bulbs inside front entrance replaced them with new LED bulbs.
- Organized loft at the Welcome Center. Moved stuff out to make room.
- Trimmed bottom of door off to the loft at the Welcome Center so it will shut right.
- Regular arena stuff: flooding, shaving, measuring, edging ice.
- Endless snow removal, shovelling steps, exits, plowing, salting.
- Daily inspections and recorded reading on ice plant.
- Scheduling ice rentals.
- Scheduling workers.
- A lot of prep work for Pond Hockey was completed.
- Attended a pond hockey meeting.
- Attended a Summerfest meeting.
- Fundraising letters for the playground were completed and mailed.
- Twin Rivers has donated $1,075 for the purchase of the metal swing set.
- Preparing donation requests to Walmart, Canada Post and RBC.
- Signage picked up for usage during Pond Hockey
- Future site of Village Playground signage was put up on Feb. 14th
- Ordered new flags and had them put up prior to Pond Hockey.
- Met with Patty regarding the Recreation Budget.
- Talked with Dave Goodine who is willing to lead Tai Chi and that program begins on Feb. 24th.
- Met with Kent Kuhn, Western Valley Recreation Network, to discuss funding.
- Organized and promoted a Family Day event for Feb. 18th.
- Attended a meeting with Jim McInnis and the ATV trails Federation regarding local ATV trails and how ATVing as a sport ties into the economy and tourism.
- Wrote a press release regarding the playground and sent to Corrine. Was printed in last week’s paper.
- Picked up supplies for the Family Day event.
- Attended a meeting with Plaster Rock Access-ability and Leisure Group.
- Evacuated building when the ammonia alarm went off. It wasn’t a leak, the contractor was working on the system and a small amount of ammonia had dripped onto a pipe which caused the alarm to go off. This was only for a few minutes and we were given the all clear to re-enter the building. John and Patty were informed immediately. Because the alarm can’t be heard in the building other than the arena area, until this is corrected, we are establishing better communication and safety procedures.
Councillor Bucci noted the event is done for another year and was very well attended. There will be a scheduled wrap up meeting scheduled soon.
Several after school programs have been held and more are planned; Valentine card making on February 12th, movie on February 14th, movie night on February 28th, noon hour Valentine trivia game organized, March break programs planned with 2 movie days and our annual activity day. A resume and employment related program will be held February 20th; Science East will be here on February 13th. Kerosene lanterns are in the cabinet for the month of February, tying into Heritage Week – library resources on local history will be promoted on facebook during Heritage Week, as well as our new slide scanner. Our budgeted allotment has been received from the Village for 2019, as well as an additional amount to cover the cost of upgrading the wifi system. Shelving has been installed in the Story Room; new decals added to the walls with remaining Early Childhood Literacy Grant money.
Funding for the Alternative Collection of crafting equipment has been applied for.
Joint Health& Safety Committee
Tobique Valley Community Health Centre Advisory Committee
Councilor Porter noted the meeting was cancelled due to weather.
Councillor Tony Wright
- 1 Mutual aid call
- 4 Flue fires
- 1 MVA
- 74 Man hours
Councilor Wright noted that after the meeting with Andrew Harvey that possibly something will get going.
Covered by Councillor Bucci.
MOTION: Acceptance of committee reports and financial reports for January be approved – Councillor Wright, Councillor Bucci – Motion Carried – 2019-26
8. Clerk-Manager Report
- Minutes completed
- Agenda, admin report and financial report for meeting
- Daily responsibilities
- Items of January meeting have been addressed with appropriate correspondence
- Program Wage Claims submitted
- Emails addressed
- Financial reports given to dept. heads
- Provincial approval received for budget
- 2019 Budget in accounting system
- Water Approval Report completed
- 2018 Last Quarter filed for HST.
- Insurance removed from old backhoe
- 9. Business arising from the Minutes – No items
10. New Business – No items
a) Canadian Heritage advising a grant of $1600.00 has been approved under the Celebration and Commemoration Program.
b) Thank You from the Porter Family of donation to Mama Bear Cancer Fund in memory of Garry Porter
12. Next Meeting Date: Monday, March 18th, 2019 @7:00 p.m.
MOTION: Next Meeting Date be Monday, March 18th, 2019 @7:00 p.m. – Councillor Porter, Deputy Mayor Harding – Motion Carried 2019-27
13. Closed Session
MOTION: Meeting adjourn @7:36 p.m. – Deputy Mayor Harding – Motion Carried 2019-28
Alexis Fenner, Mayor Patty St. Peter, Clerk-Manager
Alexis Fenner, Mayor Patty St. Peter, Clerk-Manager