Council Briefs: Highlights from the January 28 RM of Alexander Regular Council Meeitng

By Don Norman

Recreation funding for Powerview-Pine Falls

The town of Powerview-Pine Falls sent a letter to council requesting recreation funding from the RM of Alexander. The issue had been discussed in a joint meeting between the municipalities in May 2019. The letter outlined some of the benefits that some residents access in Pine Falls, such as the Sunova Arena. They also outlined some of the costs associated with running these faciltities, including some recent, unexpected expendetures.

RM of Alexander building

The RM of Alexander council discussed the issue. Councillor Kinghorn suggested a similiar formula that is used to calculate the contribution to recreation that the RM pays to the Town of Lac du Bonnet, based on an estimate of residents in areas reasonably close to Pine Falls who may use the recreation facilities. The amount that Lac du Bonnet recieves is $4100 based on the number of residents in close proximity to Lac du Bonnet. Council will use that same, per capita formula to determine what Powerview Pine Falls will receive.

Bezan sends letter to DFO

Council was very pleased with a letter that James Bezan had sent to the Mininster who heads up the department of Fisheries and Oceans regarding the ongoing issue of the boat launch on Traverse Bay. The letter describes the issue and concludes with: “I am requesting expedient processing of DFO Fisheries Act License for the RM of Alexander. If DFO cannot issue the license immediately, please provide me with an explanation for why this process has dragged on for so long.”

Nothern Initiaves Grant Program

During the Economic Development Officer Report, Michelle Wazny outlined a joint funding opportunity that the RM of Alexander could apply for partnering with the Town of Powerview Pine Falls and Sagkeeng First Nation. The $25,000 Northern Initiatives Grant Program has a priority to improve indigenous and non-indigenous relations and promote reconcilliation. Wazny and representatives from Powerview-Pine Falls and Sagkeeng had landed on applying to fund a feasibility study to allow a Sagkeeng telecommunications company to provide communities with fibre optic internet service. A resolution was presented to put the process into motion. After debating the issue, the consensus was that while Council was interested in the program and wanted to look into working with Sagkeeng and Pine Falls to apply for the grant, they did not think the suggested feasibility study was the right approach.

Environmental collaboration with MMF

Council received a letter from the Manitoba Metis Federation Southeast Region saying they had recently read about the RM of Alexander adopting a policy to ban single use plastics. The letter went on to say that the banning of single use plastics is the type of project that MMF was looking to support and suggested looking at ways to partner and collaborate on environmental issues. There was general support for this idea and it was suggested that a project like this might be more suitable type of project to apply for the for the Northern Initiatives Grant Program discussed previously.

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