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June 2016 – Celebrating 20 years of Publishing!

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Lawsuit not resolved in Stuartburn

 

By Marianne Curtis

   RM of Stuartburn reeve Jim Swidersky denies rumors that a long standing issue between his municipality and the RM of Franklin has been resolved.

   Word on the streets in the RM of Stuartburn has been that the municipality won a lawsuit they had launched against the RM of Franklin. Swidersky says that during campaigning residents said they heard the matter was settled.

   “As of yesterday (October 29), this is still an ongoing issue and nothing has been resolved,” stated Swidersky. “It is in the hands of our lawyer and we can not talk about it until the matter is settled.”

   The lawsuit stems back nearly a decade when the RM of Stuartburn received a $200,000 funding commitment of Canada-Manitoba Infrastructure funds to complete approximately six miles of ditching along the intermunicipal road divided by PR #201. This amount accounted for two-thirds of the project, with $100,000 to come from the two municipalities.

   However, when the RM of Franklin was requested to cost share the project at $50,000 they returned with a counter offer of $25,000 and a proposal to add another 2 miles of ditch so that the water can be diverted to the Roseau River. Stuartburn eventually completed the project but without any financial contribution from Franklin. The matter has sense ended up in litigation.

   Ironically, the RM of Franklin is suing the RM of De Salaberry over a similar situation, confirmed De Salaberry reeve Ron Musick.

   “Yes as far as we still know, the R.M. of Franklin still has an on going litigation against De Salaberry, however the matter seems to have remained dormant for the past several months, so we don’t know the status of the claim,” says Musick.

   This matter stemmed from De Salaberry’s filling in a controversial intermunicipal ditch that was allegedly dug without the proper permits and through a protected area back in 2006. A year later the RM of De Salaberry was served with papers by the RM of Franklin for costs associated to that project because Franklin had paid for a portion of that ditch when it was dug.

   Both municipalities are hoping that with RM of Franklin’s former reeve Archer Hunter no longer in office both matters will be resolved without further litigation.

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De Salaberry reeve returns despite reservations

 

By Marianne Curtis

   The RM of De Salaberry reeve is pleased to be back for a second term, even though he initially had no intentions of seeking reelection.

   Former municipal administrator Ron Musick says that he made it no secret at the last election that his bid would be a “one time deal”. However, voters spoke and he soundly defeated former municipal foreman Claude Gagnon.

   “When I initially ran for office four years ago, I had made it no secret that if I was successful, it would be a one term deal; I had recently retired and I was getting involved with other things, so I thought this would work out well,” explains Musick. “It turned out that we had a great council to work with and all in all it was really a joy to work with council and staff, and when the time approached for this coming election, members of councils started asking if I might reconsider my position and let my name stand for another term.”

   Musick added that it feels great to have gained the confidence in voters and he is optimistic about the next four years.

   “We have two new councilors and I am confident that they will be an asset to the group,” Musick continues. “I want a united council that is able to discuss, disagree and even argue but in the end live with the decisions that are made and able to sit down afterward and enjoy each others company.”

   “It is definitely satisfying, even humbling to  see that the people have expressed their desire to have you continue to manage the municipality on their behalf for the next four years,” Musick says. “I also interpret that to mean that people feel we are headed in the right direction and that we should continue to focus on what works well.”

   Musick credits his previous experience as the municipality’s administrator with his success as reeve.

   “I have a fairly good working knowledge of the municipal  and planning acts and their regulations, so am able to comment fairly comfortably on certain matters we deal with,” Musick adds. “I have a fairly good working knowledge of the municipal and planning acts and their regulations, so am able to comment fairly comfortably on certain matters we deal with.”

   The RM of De Salaberry’s new council consist of returning councilors Germain Roy, Marc Hamonic, Marc Marion and Gerry Maynard along with newcomers Andre Carbonneau and Patrick Catellier. Bruno Hebert was not reelected.  

RM of De Salaberry reeve Ron Musick is pleased that he has been returning to office for another four years.

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Councilor indemnities revealed

 

By Marianne Curtis

   In a few short weeks, voters will be going to the polls to elect new municipal representatives. Many perspective candidates have full times jobs and treat being a councilor as a part-time position or similar to volunteering on a committee.

   In some cases, councilors have quit their jobs and have dedicated much of their time to serving the ratepayers while collecting their indemnities and per diems which are paid out of taxpayer dollars.

   Earlier this year, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) released data on the salaries and per diems of municipal councillors, mayors and reeves province-wide.  

   “People often wonder what their local reeve or councillor actually makes,” said CTF Director Colin Craig. 

   Given the large number of municipalities and the diversity of communities in the region it is impossible to determine who deservers how much. However, with this data taxpayers can compare their community’s pay levels with other communities and draw their own conclusions.

   Normally councilors decide how much a year they will collect in indemnities for the year when drawing up their budgets. Expenses and extras are billed separately and added to that amount. For example, in the Village of St. Pierre, councilors can collect up to $180 per day for conducting municipal business.

   Doug Cavers, CAO for the RM of Hanover pointed out that in many causes reeves, specifically Stan Toews is working 70% full time equivalent for Hanover, and individual councilors range from 25% to 40% time.

   So how much does it pay to be a municipal councilor?

 

Municipalities

 

population

number of councilors (including reeve)  

indemnities

Hanover 11,871 7 $162,357.57
Tache 9,083 7 $196,563.65
Ritchot                           5,051 5 $143,674.36
Ste. Anne           4,509 7 $115,071.00
La Broquerie     3,659 7 $109,829.26
De Salaberry      3,349 7 $83,618.31
Piney 1,755 5 $36,318.75
Stuartburn 1,629 5 $46,230.00
Reynolds 1,410 8 $63,316.21
       
Cities and Towns      
Niverville 2,464 5 $52,734.60
Steinbach 11,066 8 $106,058.00
Ste. Anne     1,534 5 $40,700.00
St. Pierre   839 5 $41,104.21

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De Salaberry sees building boom

By Marianne Curtis

   The RM of De Salaberry is seeing a significant building boom with double the amount of building permits issued over last year.

   According to the municipality, 80 building permits valued at almost $3.8 million have been issued in the last six months This number is nearly double last year’s entire years worth of 43 permits issued valued at $2.5 million.

   Lesley Gaudry the municipality’s Economic Development Officer says that permits include houses, garages and other structures.

   “The majority of the growth (about sixty percent) is occurring in the southern portion of the municipality around the St. Malo area,” states Gaudry. “Smaller pockets of development are occurring in the Otterburne region.”

   Gaudry feels that the reason why growth is being seen at such levels in the municipality is because it is being recognizes as being located within a great region.

   “We are in close proximity to the capital region as well as having two gems in our community – the St. Malo Provincial Park and the warm hospitality offered by local residents,” says Gaudry. “Many seasonal campers and cottagers enjoy the quality of life this region has to offer which translate to some of them choosing to make this municipality their permanent home.”

   Reeve Ron Musick added that he believes that the municipality is attractive for residents because they have access to various services and taxes are reasonable.

   The municipality plans on encouraging further growth by holding a “Housing Survery” which will be sent out over the summer followed by an open forum in October. The information gathered through the survey will be given to the Economic Development Officer and used to bring together local businesses and leaders together to discuss issues to housing and trends.

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