The City of Weyburn’s Parks board is planning a number of proposals and activities in the coming year, in addition to the Winterfest event slated for Saturday, Feb. 8.
City council was told at their meeting on Jan. 13 that an addition to the boardwalk extension project for the Tatagwa Parkway will be some playground equipment.
The board is planning more discussion on this proposal at their February or March meeting, and are looking at a playground structure for placement along the boardwalk near the museum.
This would be in addition to the new gazebo and lights, which is about 90-per-cent complete.
There are plans this coming year as well to build a monument to the city’s centennial, using 1,000 bricks from the Weyburn Collegiate (a 1913-built school which is currently being demolished at the Weyburn Comp School) to house the former bell from Weyburn’s old post office building. The bell was cast in 1913, the year Weyburn became a city, and was salvaged by the Mryglod family; it was rung 100 times at a special event held on the birthdate of Weyburn as a city, on Sept. 13, 2013.
The parks board is also planning to mark International Trails Day, which is an annual event to be held the first Sunday of June. In the case of Weyburn, the special day would be held to promote the Tatagwa Parkway system, with an organized walk along the trail to end at the new gazebo near the Soo Line Museum. More details need to be finalized in the coming months.
Also, the board is looking to develop a beach volleyball location, and are looking at a site just south of the tennis courts in Jubilee Park.
Meantime, the board has been grooming cross-country ski trails, and were given permission by the Fire Department to use their snowmobile for the grooming; Katelyn Struthers of the Parks Department told the board this equipment worked very well.
The council approved the appointment of the 2014 Board of Revision.
The council appointed Gord Krismer and Associates to sit as the board, including Clinton Krismer, Gord Krismer, Brian Lynch, Reg Skinner, Don Van Beselaere and Cory Halverson as members, and Christina Krismer as the board of revision’s secretary.
The city pays them an annual retainer fee of $125, and when using them for their services, they are paid $1,000 per day plus GST for three members, and $375 a day for the chairman, plus the various expenses of the board (meals, accommodations as needed, travel expenses and for the written decisions).
Council approved a new home-based business, which will be a virtual golf game to be located at 224 Foster Street. The business is owned and operated by Ron Knox under PGeh! Virtual Golf and Instruction.
Council had questions about the parking, as this is located in a residential neighbourhood, and approved the business, subject to conditions.
These conditions include that clients are to park on the off-street driveway; hours of operation are to be limited from noon to 10 p.m. so the business will not be a nuisance to neighbours; and delivery and pickups will occur only during operating hours.
If there are complaints from neighbours about how the business is operated, then it will come back before council.
Coun. Dick Michel said he had trouble supporting this proposal, as he didn’t feel it would fit into the character of the neighbourhood; the proposal was passed by a vote of 6-1.
Council approved a new location for a sign for the Sun Country Health Region, located on King Street at the Saskatchewan Drive entrance to the former Souris Valley grounds.
The sign was apparently damaged by a vehicle, so Sun Country requested that the sign be moved closer to King Street, similar to other signage near it at that corner.
As Sun Country is a government agency (under Sask. Health) they asked for some leeway in how close to the roadway the sign is placed, and council agreed, approving the new location for the sign.