McLennan Council Notebook – February 13, 2018

Tom Henihan
Express Staff

Bulk Water Rates
Council approved raising the water rate at the truck fill from $6.34/m3 to $7.00/m3.

AUMA Convention & Trade Show
Council approved sending four Council members to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association Convention and Trade Show in Red Deer, September 26 to the 28.

Town of McLennan Library Board
A motion by Councillor Sue Delaurier, to reappoint Philippa O’Mahony and Cheryl Limoges to the Town of McLennan Library Board for more than three consecutive terms was a approved by council.

Smoky River Community Emergency Response Plan
Council approved the Smoky River Community Emergency Response Plan as presented.

Sewage Line Problems
Council reviewed two payment requests to the Town to pay for work on private sewage lines. Council denied both requests, believing that the taxpayers of McLennan are not responsible for paying to fix private sewage lines on either commercial or residential property. A private sewage line is the line running from a building that connects to the town’s main line.

Town of McLennan new entrance signs
Council selected the Town sign that received the most votes but plans minor modifications to the design in response to voters’ comments.

Smoky River Economic Development
Yvonne Sawchyn, is reappointed for a four-year term to the Smoky River Regional Economic Development as a member at-large for the Town of McLennan

Kimiwan Lake Naturalist Society delegation – Philippa O’Mahony, Mark Heckbert and Chris Futter
Members of the Kimiwan Lake Naturalist Society expressed concern to council regarding STARS temporary landing site. The birdwalk gazebo, which rests on its original 1992 pilings and is in need of work, is approximately 30-feet from the landing area. The society asked to be notified once a new location has been determined.
To eliminate vehicles parking at the end of the roadway to the lake and the disposing of garbage in that area, the Society also requested the closure of the roadway using a cable, the same method that was used in the past.

Northern AB Historical Railway Museum delegation – Julien Gervais
Julien Gervais presented Council with an outline of the Museum Society’s plans for its site.
The Society is planning to put a log house on the site but will wait until STARS confirms its landing area before deciding on the placement of that structure at the museum site.
The Museum Society is also interested in moving Percy Jones’ old house onto the site, as it is the first house built in McLennan. The Society would scale down the size of both the log house and the Percy Jones’ house to fit its needs.
The purchasing, moving and setting up of the log house is estimated to cost $25,000 and while the Society is in the process of researching for grants it has also asked the Town to assist with $10,000 but would appreciate any level of financial assistance.
The Museum is currently working on a video featuring “then and now,” footage, which will be available at McLennan Municipal Library when completed.


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