By Kevin J. Sabo
For the Advance
The National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, a new statutory holiday announced by the federal government, takes place on Sept. 30.
While federal employees get an automatic day off, it is up to the provinces and municipalities how they want to honour the day.
Options presented to Town of Castor council during their Sept. 13 meeting include giving the Town staff a day off, having the mayor making a proclamation, or bringing someone in to educate the staff on the importance of the day.
“I would suggest you recognize it in some way,” said Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Robblee.
Seeing as there was little advanced notice of this holiday being declared by the federal government, and that September already has a stat-holiday, the decision was made to acknowledge the day by way of having the mayor make a proclamation, in a motion put forward by Coun. Rod Zinger.
Due to the load on the pool’s electrical power, multiple switches and fuses failed over the course of the 2021 swimming season.
An electrician looked at the pool’s electrical system for the Town and is recommending a new ‘electrical wall’ for the facility, one that can handle the power-draw of the recently upgraded pool pumps.
“These failures, we are told, put pressure on our pumps and are caused by an inadequate system,” wrote Robblee in the Request for Council Decision.
The budgetary impact on the Town will be around $20,000.
“It needs to be done,” said Coun. Trudy Kilner, supporting a motion put forward by Coun. Lonny Nelner.
The Town council has agreed to pay the replacement cost of a north-facing window at the White Goose Restaurant.
According to the complaint received by the Town on July 26, summer students were mowing in the area on July 22 when a rock was kicked out of the mower, striking the window causing a crack.
“I checked the logs,” said Robblee.
“The students were working over there. Insurance won’t pay out on something like this.”
Due to the four-day difference between when the damage occurred and when it was reported, Robblee initially turned down the request to reimburse the business. Business owner Salam El-Jurdi requested that Robblee bring the matter before council.
“If we cracked that window, we should be replacing it,” said Coun. Rod Zinger.
Other council members struggled with the decision.
“I struggle with the four day difference,” said Nelner
“But I think we have to pay it.”
In a split vote, council voted in favour of paying the just over $1000 to replace the business’s window. Coun. Kilner opposed the motion.