By Lynn Sabo
At Castor’s town council meeting on Monday, Nov. 27, council heard a report from RCMP Cst. Jordan Tourney.
Currently the Coronation RCMP detachment is short one member, with one being gone on paternity leave until the end of January and another still on his probationary period. That said, Paintearth County’s crime rate, compared to last year, is down in general.
Criminal code traffic violations are up, which could be due to RCMP crackdown on impaired driving, as well as more people calling in to report suspected incidents.
The main concern put forth by the RCMP to the Town was the visibility of the house numbers in Castor. Some houses have no numbers at all while others are hidden by shrubs or faded.
Another concern is that the RCMP has received some complaints about those patrolling as part of the Castor Nightwatch crew. Cst. Tourney stated he will talk to Randy Kary, who is the organizer of Castor Nightwatch, about their patrols.
As for the recent thefts and break ins around Castor, there have been charges laid in both the Food Town break in and the ATM theft. The RCMP are still following leads on the OK Tire break in.
Council was presented with a plan for the wrought iron fence work Ray Holloway would like to put up around his property.
Currently the bylaw states that a fence on the front of a property be no more than 4’ tall unless council approves otherwise. Mr. Holloway would like to put up a fence that is 5’4” around the front and side of his corner lot property.
After much discussion, councilor Zinger moved to allow the taller fence, providing it is the wrought iron as shown in the proposal, and that all work is to be completed on the fence by Oct 31, 2018. Council passed the motion, with the agreement that having a fence does not mean that the property itself would be allowed to remain untended.
Councilor Nichols reported that Coronation and Consort Victims Services held their annual meeting, with the only change being Brian Bunbury as the new vice president. It was also reported that victim services was pleased to receive a $7,500 donation from Karve Energy.
Town Foreman Arjan Van Hienen reported that the crews have been busy with street sanding. This weather has been a challenge to keep up with all the ice created.
The next Town Council meeting will be on Monday Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. There will also be an open house at the town office on Friday, Dec. 15 from 2-4 p.m.