Swan Valley West Minutes – October 27, 2020

Regular Meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Swan Valley West, held in the Council Chambers at 216 Main Street West, Swan River, Manitoba this 27th day of October, 2020 at 7:00 pm.

Present:
Reeve: William Galloway
Councillors: Carrie Blosha
Glen Foster
Bill Gade
Matt Wills
Tyler Kushniryk (Via phone)
Darryl Pierrepont
Admin: Donna Potts Newspaper: Jeremy Bergen

Delegations: 7:15 pm RM of Livingston – Fire Protection (Mark Maga & Kelly Ray)
Additions to the Agenda: Added to Discussion: 9.4 Trick or Treat Notice regarding COVID and ; 9.5 LUD Committee Meeting ;
Added to In Camera – 13.3 Water

1. BILL GADE
DARRYL PIERREPONT
RESOLVED that the Agenda for the Regular Meeting of Council held this 27th day of October, 2020 shall be adopted as amended.
Carried.

2. CARRIE BLOSHA
DARRYL PIERREPONT
RESOLVED that the minutes for the Regular Council Meeting and Public Hearing of Council for the Municipality of Swan Valley West held on October 13th, 2020 shall be approved as circulated.
Carried.

3. DARRYL PIERREPONT
GLEN FOSTER
RESOLVED that we do hereby agree to promote and approve the new Working Alone Policy, as attached and bring awareness of said policy to the employees;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we shall make every effort to support the Working Along Policy as adopted by the members of Council for the Municipality of Swan Valley West.
Carried.

4. DARRYL PIERREPONT
MATT WILLS
RESOLVED that we do hereby agree to promote and approve the new Safety Inspection Policy.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we shall make every effort to support the Safety Inspection Policy as adopted by the members of Council for the Municipality of Swan Valley West.
Carried.

5. MATT WILLS
GLEN FOSTER
WHEREAS the Safety Committee doesn’t have enough – staff to manager ratio to sustain having a Committee;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we do hereby approve the closing of the Safety Committee, and support that the Safety Coordinator will send all recommendations through the CAO, to then be forwarded to Council as required.
Carried.

6. GLEN FOSTER
DARRYL PIERREPONT
WHEREAS the Council members’ Code of Conduct was passed by Resolution of Council Number 14 on January 5, 2015;
AND WHEREAS the Code of Conduct applies to all members of Council;
AND WHEREAS Council believes that Councillor Bill Gade has breached Article 4.2 under Article 4 – Rules of Conduct with his Face Book comments on or about October 14, 2020 which reads in part as follows:
“In my opinion the other members of Council simply aren’t qualified to ensure the municipality follows the rules and stops wasting money by making simple mistakes that could be avoided with good management practices. Council’s decision appears to in essence be to cut off their nose to spite their face. I fear that level of competence will continue under the new rules – with council having the green light to remove me from council for three months at a time to prevent me from telling the public what council has been up to with your tax dollars.”
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council censure Councillor Gade for disrespectful comments and conduct;
AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council request Councillor Gade to resign under Section 104(1) of the Municipal Act.
Reeve – yes
Kushniryk – yes
Blosha – yes
Wills – yes
Pierrepont – yes
Foster – yes

7. MATT WILLS
CARRIE BLOSHA
WHEREAS Council deems it necessary and in the best interest of the municipality to enact a Code of Conduct By Law under the provisions of Section 84.1(1) of The Municipal Act;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT By law Number 0083-20; being a By-Law of the Municipality of Swan Valley West to establish and regulate a code of conduct for members of Council be hereby given the second reading.
Reeve Galloway – yes
Tyler Kushniryk – yes
Carrie Blosha – yes
Darryl Pierrepont – yes
Bill Gade – No
Matt Wills – yes
Glen Foster – yes
Carried.

8. CARRIE BLOSHA
GLEN FOSTER
WHEREAS Council deems it necessary and in the best interest of the municipality to enact a Code of Conduct By Law under the provisions of Section 84.1(1) of The Municipal Act;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT By law Number 0083-20; being a By-Law of the Municipality of Swan Valley West to establish and regulate a code of conduct for members of Council be hereby given the third reading, signed by Reeve Galloway, and signed & sealed by the CAO.
Reeve Galloway – yes
Tyler Kushniryk – yes
Carrie Blosha – yes
Darryl Pierrepont – yes
Bill Gade – Abstain
Matt Wills – yes
Glen Foster – yes
Carried.
Reason for Abstaining: “I don’t believe that a woman who has been sexually harassed should be required to ask, what could potentially be an all male council, for permission to complain about her harasser.”

9. GLEN FOSTER
CARRIE FOSTER
WHEREAS the Municipality of Swan Valley West has received the amendments to the Emergency Plan;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we do hereby approve these Amendments submitted by Prairie Mountain Security, Stan Anderson.
Carried.

10. DARRYL PIERREPONT
CARRIE BLOSHA
WHEREAS the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #39 has requested Council’s support for its application to the Community Foundation of Swan Valley Inc. for the purchase of a Sea Can for the storage of its annual Remembrance Day Ceremony goods and materials;
AND WHEREAS Council believes it to be in the best interest of the community to support the Legion’s request;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council authorize Reeve Galloway to send a letter of support to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #39 for the Legion’s application to the Community Foundation of Swan Valley Inc. for the above noted purpose.
Carried.

11. MATT WILLS
BILL GADE
RESOLVED that the Council for the Municipality of Swan Valley West
does hereby approve the following payments:
General Cheques #16437 to #16453
in the amount of $1,787,318.77
For a Grand Total of $1,787,318.77
Carried.

12. CARRIE BLOSHA
MATT WILLS
RESOLVED that the Council for the Municipality of Swan Valley West does hereby approve the following payments:
Payroll Payments #3347 to #3362
in the amount of $20,808.61
For a Grand Total of $20,808.61
Carried.

13. GLEN FOSTER
DARRYL PIERREPONT
RESOLVED that we do hereby accept the following verbal reports regarding Council Committees and Communications;
- T. Kushniryk: HR Mtg, Safety Mtg, Library Mtg, GPS Mtg
- C. Blosha: LUD Mtg, Safety Mtg
- M. Wills: HR Mtg, Safety Mtg, GPS Mtg
- D. Pierrepont: Settlement Services Mtg, HR Mtg
- B. Gade: LUD Mtg, Fire Dept Grant
- G. Foster: N/A
- Reeve, Galloway: HR Mtg, SV Business Consortium
- ACAO/FO, James Webb: N/A (absent)
Carried.

14. MATT WILLS
BILL GADE
RESOLVED that pursuant to Section 152(3) of the Municipal Act, the Council as a whole shall go into camera and close the meeting to continue discussions regarding;
13.1 Staffing
12.2 Crestview Bridge
12.3 Water
Carried.

15. CARRIE BLOSHA
DARRYL PIERREPONT
RESOLVED that pursuant to Section 152(4) of The Municipal Act, this meeting shall be re-opened to the public.
Carried.

16. GLEN FOSTER
BILL GADE
RESOLVED that, in accordance with Clause 8.5 of By-Law No. 0002-15, the council shall extend the curfew by up to one-half hour in order to complete discussions regarding agenda items.
Carried.

17. GLEN FOSTER
CARRIE BLOSHA
BE IT RESOLVED that the Municipality of Swan Valley West instruct staff to apply for funding from the province for the Fire Protection Grant offered by the Province of Manitoba.
Carried.

18. GLEN FOSTER
CARRIE BLOSHA
RESOLVED that this meeting shall now adjourn at 11:20 p.m.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the next meeting is Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Carried.