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City Council Update

by Shanine Sealey

City Council held their last meeting of June 2018 on Tuesday, June 19th. Mayor Muench took a moment to recognize Dave Bosch, Director of Recreation and Community Services as this was Bosch’s final Council meeting before retiring on July 3rd. Several other items were discussed during this meeting including:

City Managers Report – highlights from each department within the City of Martensville. City Manager Scott Blevins met with RCMP to discuss contract and operations and will be providing information to Council regarding RCMP staffing. Dave Bosch, the Director of Recreation and Community Services spoke about several projects taking place throughout the city; fountains have been installed in all ponds except Sandy Rise, hanging pots and flowers have been placed along Centennial Drive, irrigation at Mocon Field has begun, among others. Matt Gruza spoke for Infrastructure and Planning regarding some updates for the community; the lagoon effluent line is open and discharging into the river, sewer flushing is being completed throughout the City, the lagoon aeration system has been inspected and a new maintenance plan has been developed. For roadways, dust control measures have been completed, pothole repairs, crack sealing and pavement patching is taking place throughout Martensville and rear lane maintenance is being completed. Within the Planning Department, work is being done with two mobile food vendors – one near the Sports Centre and another that may require a bylaw amendment to travel the City on bicycles. A meeting took place with the Cannabis retailer selected for Martensville; however, no date has been determined as to when legalization will occur.

Council approved the request from the Martensville Curling Club to advertise on one of the sheets of ice for the upcoming curling season. The City of Martensville currently is responsible for 60% of the utilities at the Curling Rink, which the Curling Club is responsible for the remaining amount. The cost to advertise will be paid through the utilities by the City of Martensville to cover the Curling Club’s portion.

The first reading for the Vehicle for Hire Bylaw was discussed, which covers taxicabs, limousines and transportation network companies. This was initially discussed in February; however, Council requested more information regarding legislation and process. More information has since been provided by the government, and Council was in favour of the Bylaw.

The final item was a discussion item regarding mobile food vendors within Martensville. Modifications would be required in order to allow for a request from a vendor to operate a bicycle cart within the City. Council appreared to be in favour of the bylaw amendments.

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