Weyburn's Parks Board is setting up plans for an event on International Trails Day, to be held on Sunday, June 1, using in part some of the funds which were originally going to be used for the cancelled Winterfest event.
City council was told that funding had been made by the provincial ASUPCA organization, and it could be used for the event, which will include a dedication of the new gazebo located near the Soo Line Museum.
The event is being held to encourage city residents to explore the Tatagwa pathway system, and will include a wrap-up lunch for participants at the new gazebo.
Coun. Nancy Styles indicated she had extended an invitation to the minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, Kevin Doherty, to attend the event and see Weyburn's park system.
In addition to the gazebo, there are also plans for a pumpjack to be placed along the boardwalk near the museum, and a new play structure. A local service club will be approached about helping with the play structure by partnering with the city.
At the Mar. 10 council meeting, Mayor Debra Button signed a proclamation to declare Trans-Gender Awareness Week, from Mar. 30 to Apr. 5. Mar. 31 is marked as the International Trans Day of Visibility. The TransSask Support Services has been able to get proclamations from as many as 10 different communities, with a dozen different events planned all around Saskatchewan. Trans Awareness Week is stated as "an opportunity to inspire, inform and educate our citizens about the challenges faced by members of the Sex and Gender Diverse Community, and celebrate the lives of transgender, transsexual, genderqueer and intersex people across Saskatchewan."
In the monthly report from the Public Works and Parks department, a significant water main break was reported on Feb. 18 on New City Garden Road. The repair work was hampered by poor weather and extremely deep frost, and public works crews took three days to find the break, repair the main and restore water service.
Part of the difficulty was the water was not surfacing anywhere near the break, and pinpointing the location of the break was difficult.
During the month there was also a leaking water service connection on Brimacombe Drive, on Second Street and on Hartney Avenue at Ninth Street, with a sewer service connection on Laing Crescent.
Council passed a bylaw to extend the time required to complete the assessment roll. Normally the assessment roll is to be done by Apr. 1, but was extended to Friday, Apr. 25.
Jon Michaud, director of finance, said this is the third year this extension was needed by the Finance department. He noted there would be no real impact on the department's operations, and in part this was needed because of the major reassessment carried out last year.
Council gave first reading to an application for a change of use for a building in the Light Industrial Zone. The building and property are owned by Jeff Tosczak of Great Plains Ford, and was previously approved for warehouse use. It is now being converted to an auction room for the sale of vehicles and accessories, which is named as a discretionary use in the Light Industrial Zone. The building has a gross area of 1,301 square metres or 14,000 square feet.
A public hearing on this request was held at the council meeting, and council approved the change of use for the building, with the condition there is a minimum of 20 parking spaces available, and if outside storage is required, it must be enclosed or properly fenced.
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