New Youth Council introduced at Weyburn council

The new Youth Council was introduced to the Weyburn city council on Oct. 13, and the Youth Mayor, Jaylynn Haupstein, commented on what the opportunity means to the Weyburn Comprehensive School students.

She thanked council for allowing the students to talk about “the issues that are important to us”, with her fellow council members lined up behind her.

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“As members of the Weyburn youth council, we hope our voice can make an impact and effect change in our community,” said Haupstein. “Youth council is a fun learning environment, and it’s helped me grow as a leader.”

The other members of youth council include Gregg Wiens, Maya Knipfel, Grace Labatt and Dalton Molnar.

“I’m excited to work with my fellow youth councillors, and to see what all we can do this year as a team,” said the youth mayor, thanking council for the opportunity, “and for letting our voice be heard.”

• In other city council business, council passed a resolution to allow for a special patient mail-in ballot poll for the Weyburn General Hospital. This will allow a resident who is in the hospital after Nov. 5, when the advance poll is held, and election day on Nov. 9, to be able to cast a ballot in the municipal election.

The ballots can be completed and sealed in an envelope, and will be picked up by an election worker for counting at City Hall after 8 p.m. on Nov. 9.

The Weyburn Special Care Home will have election workers come in to conduct a poll, said election returning officer Donette Richter.

• The building permit report for September showed that six building permits were issued, with a total construction value of. $863,000. This brought the year-to-date total to 42 building permits issued with a total value of $8,480,000.

The permits issued in September included for a new dwelling and attached garage, with a value of $600,000; a new mobile home worth $212,000; two detached garages and two decks.

The city has also processed four applications for the Weyburn Builds program, with a total of $3,085 in grants issued for the projects.

• City council also passed the Official Community Plan and the amended version of the City of Weyburn’s Zoning bylaw.

This was the first major update of the Official Community Plan since 2003, and involved a major review with input from stakeholders and city residents before working through the plan and making changes to update it.

The zoning bylaw was originally going to be considered by council in March of this  year, but the COVID lockdowns forced a delay in that process.