NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019
Attendance: Mayor Alexis Fenner, Deputy Mayor Harding, Councillor Bucci, Councillor Porter, Councillor Wright
Staff: Patty St. Peter, Clerk – Manager
1. Mayor Fenner called the meeting to order @ 7:00 p.m.
Councillor Porter advised she would like items added to the agenda. She asked when this would need to be done. Clerk-Manager noted at this time.
MOTION: Brook Street Property, Letter from Kendy Michaud and Chris Bates be additions to the agenda – Councillor Porter, Councillor Wright Motion Carried 2019-171
2. NB Municipal Finance Corp – Village of Plaster Rock debenture No. BB 55-2009 Recreation & Cultural Services
The clerk-manager noted she had forwarded an email awhile back concerning this debenture to council. She advised the amount owing for this debenture is $77,000 for the recreation facility No. BB 55-2009. The GIC with account #00760115910 in the amount of $61,167.00 requires a motion of council in order to be cashed and deposited into the village’s general operating bank account. This amount will offset this portion of the $77,000. In discussion with Danny Braun. Pond hockey will pay the outstanding amount of $15,833. This will pay off one of the three debentures for the recreation facility.
MOTION: The clerk-manager be granted permission that the GIC #00760115910 in the amount of $61,167.00 be cashed and deposited to the general operating bank account for payment towards Debenture No. BB53-2009 – Councillor Bucci, Councillor Wright
Motion Carried 2019-172
3. Centennial Court Lot
Clerk-Manager advised the village has received an offer from Michelle Leach for Lot 7 for which she is currently leasing from the village. She has offered to pay $2000 taxes included and pay legal fees. It was noted this was similar offer made by another lessee of centennial court.
MOTION: The village accept the offer from Michelle Leach for lot 7 in Centennial Court in the amount of $2000 taxes included and cover all legal fees – Deputy Mayor Harding, Councillor Wright Motion Carried 2019-173
4. Property on Brook Street
The Clerk-Manager advised that letters were forwarded to Laurie Fournier and Plaster Rock Guardian voicing council’s concerns of motorists using the pathway between Laurie Fournier’s property and the Guardians as a road access to Main Street and Brook Street.
The Clerk-Manager advised of speaking with Laurie on October 2nd regarding the issue on Brook Street. Laurie advised she would contact her insurance company and talk to them about this issue. On October 8th, Laurie advised that the insurance company noted the following; should they put up barriers on the property she would be responsible for any damages to vehicles or too individuals; and should a pedestrian get injured by a motorist the driver of the vehicle would be liable for damages not Laurie as the property owner. Laurie advised they cannot block the back of their property off due to the tenant needing access to their apartment. We discussed no trespassing signs or private drive signage. She advised they would place some type of signage and would advise once this has been done.
The Clerk- Manager read the letter received from Nathan McCormick and Mark Barry Co-Owners of the Plaster Rock Guardian. The letter thanked the village for their concerns for the safety of their patrons. They noted it has been an issue that has grown over the years with increased automobile and foot traffic. They have not acted as this roadway is not on their property and felt it to be inappropriate for them to take corrective action. They are willing to work with the property owner to rectify this situation and are open to hearing any suggestions from the village.
Councillor Porter stated it’s dangerous and something is going to happen
5. Chris Bates
Clerk-Manager advised that a letter was forwarded on October 9th to Chris Bates concerning the condition of his rental property on Brook Street with a copy of the By Law addressing the responsibility of a property owner. Councillor Porter advised nothing has been done to the property to date. It was asked another letter be forwarded as a follow up to the previous letter.
6. Kendy Michaud Letter
Councillor Porter asked why Kendy couldn’t have time off on November 8th to take her child to a Titan Hockey game in Bathurst. The clerk-manager advised that she had previously booked that day off. Councillor Porter asked why Farrah couldn’t work. Clerk-Manager advised Farrah has plans. Councillor Porter then asked why Janet couldn’t cover. Clerk – Manager stated that’s not Janet’s job. Councillor Porter stated Kendy should be allowed to take her child to watch the hockey game.
MOTION: The village office close at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8th, 2019 –
Councillor Porter, Deputy Mayor Harding Councilor Wright – yay –
Councillor Bucci – nay Motion Carried 2019-174
Councillor Wright noted I will say when I ask for time off at my place of work it may be granted or not.
The clerk-manager advised council of the Plaster Rock Village Council Code of Conduct
By- Law. She stated according to the by law in section 8.6 a) and b) it states the following;
Members must not; a) Involve themselves in matters of Administration, which fall within the jurisdiction of the CM (Clerk-Manager) b) use, or attempt to use, their authority or influence for the purpose of intimidating, threatening, coercing, commanding or influencing any employee of the Municipality with the intent of interfering in the employees duties
Councillor Porter stated to the Clerk-Manager why would you look that up. The Clerk-Manager advised a decision had already been made pertaining to this request by me.
MOTION: Meeting adjourned @7:16 p.m. – Councillor Porter Motion Carried 2019-175
Alexis Fenner, Mayor Patty St. Peter, Clerk