Elk Point Town Council Concludes Its Term
Mayor Parrish Tung began the October 10 town meeting by congratulating the Councillors on the work they have done this term, and by thanking them for their service to the town. After Monday’s election, there will be changes, but Tung is satisfied that the candidates are all worthy of the positions on council and looks forward to the next four years for Elk Point. CAO Ken Gwozdz has appreciated this council’s progressiveness and cohesion. He recognizes that it will take a few months for a new council to get established, but has prepared training manuals and seminars to help new Councillors acclimate quickly, and looks for a balance of veterans and rookies around the table.
Gone to the Dogs
Discussion at the council meeting revolved around animal control bylaws. Complaints about a big dog jumping a fence and causing a person to be entangled in her own dog’s leash lead to a review of these bylaws in other municipalities. The review found that, as Councillor Lorne Young put it, “We need more teeth in our dangerous dog bylaw.” Trends noted from Cold Lake, Bonnyville, Vermilion, Smoky Lake, St. Paul, and Lloydminster are that owners of dangerous dogs are required to have $1 million liability insurance; in some municipalities certain breeds have been labeled ‘restricted’ and license fees for these breeds are considerably higher; and mandatory microchipping is required for ‘restricted’ dogs.
Elk Point’s animal control bylaws will be reviewed in conjunction with the 2018 budget. Meanwhile, although complainants regarding the issue of the dog jumping the fence do not plan to press charges, the owner will be contacted by the town to address current bylaw infractions, such as having an unlicensed dog and not maintaining physical control of a dog.
Circle Drive Water Work
Huge holes appear and disappear on Circle Drive as the Nikiforuk team works to replace the old water line and then to refill the holes. Rather than digging up the entire street, Nikiforuk pushes the cast iron line through from one end and uses a track hoe to pull it out a few hundred feet further up the street. With a system of shafts the new PVC line follows the old line and is tied in to the water source. While the work is going on, residents are connected to a temporary water supply from fire hydrants on Ravine Drive and on 56 Avenue. The excavation and line replacement on 52 Street was completed within one week, but residents are still on the temporary water line until all the work is done and the water can be provided through the new line.
Lots of Lots
Administration and council will meet with local realtors to discuss listing some of the town owned serviced industrial sites. Selling the sites will result in new business in town and will provide direct revenue.