At the regular meeting of Neepawa Town Council on March 4, Coun. Dean Dietrich reported that among the recommended upgrades to the Yellowhead Centre being acted upon, recent plumbing improvements have resulted in a 14 per cent reduction for the building’s water bill. He also noted chairs in the hall need to be replaced, and that under consideration is the increase of cost for the concession with negligible change in revenue.
Deputy Mayor Bill Stilwell announced the Neepawa Public Library is in need of a new employee for custodial services, also stating that Regional Library levy fees per capita are expected to increase significantly, without additional funds from the Province.
Mayor Waddell read the Infrastructure Committee report for Coun.
Copeland, including an assessment of the Neepawa Resource Centre: “The deteriorated condition of this building is raising the question of future leases in this building. Any work requiring a building permit will force the Town to bring this building up to code. The estimated cost for those repairs is in the excess of $280,000 which is more than the building is worth.”
Chief administrative officer Richard Beachey stated that interviews for an office administrative assistant should soon conclude, candidates for economic development officer have been selected, and the positions of water plant operator and swimming pool attendant are as yet vacant.
He concluded his report by saying that “Freedom of Information requests that were received in February have been abandoned at the present time.
It is believed that the requests will be revived in the near future.”
Mayor Waddell announced that over the winter, 55 new workers have arrived at HyLife Foods.
Leisure Services Manager Amanda Novak discussed having overtaken responsibilities for the 2013 Canada Day celebrations from the Lions Club, with assumption of continuing in that role. Due to expenses, the previous
status of free admission to the swimming pool on July 1 was reviewed.