Village of Donnelly notebook

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Tennis court improvement OKed

At its June 9 meeting, administration was directed to work with local volunteers to improve the local tennis courts.
Volunteers expressed an interest in painting pickleball lines inside the Sport Ex, but council declined, saying the Donnelly Sport Ex Committee would deal with the request.
However, if volunteers wanted to paint lines on the tennis courts by G.P. Vanier School, it was OK with council. Volunteers indicated they are willing to assist in measuring and installation.

No council meeting in July

Usually, summer is a slow time for council so the matter arose of whether or not to have a council meeting.
Council cancelled the meeting but realized if an urgent matter arose, Mayor Myrna Lanctot could always call a special meeting.
Another reason for cancelling the tentative July 14 meeting was some councillors may be away on holidays.

Garbage collectors ‘trashed’

Council heard there are complaints regarding the new service provider for waste collection in the village.
“It’s crushing them,” said CAO Matthew Ferris, adding he guessed the sensors used to pick up the bins were not adjusted properly.
Mayor Myrna Lanctot suggested informing the Smoky River Waste Commission what was happening and let them deal with it.
Councillor Aubrey Stenhouse added the same thing was probably occurring in other communities.

CAO Ferris issues 4 orders

Village of Donnelly CAO Matthew Ferris informed council at its June 9 meeting in his report that he issued four orders for failure to cut grass, building fences or moving mobile homes.
Regarding the mobile home properties, property owners have until Aug. 31 to comply.
Council agreed to spend $300 on an inspection of the two properties in question by a safety code officer.

Council will advise wedding party

A wedding party asked council if they could set up camp [erect tents] on an adjoining vacant lot for their July 24 wedding.
However, council heard since they do not own the property, they can’t grant permission.
Council will advise the party to use the municipal campground, or get permission from the current property owner. Then, as long as all bylaws are complied with, there will be no problem.

This and that

. . .the audited financial statements were accepted as presented. . .the public hearing originally scheduled for May 12 could not be held as council did not have a quorum. The meeting was rescheduled for Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. . .council passed its Designated Assessor Bylaw, giving council the authority to properly hire its assessor. The bylaw means the Village is now in compliance with the Municipal Government Act.

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