Council to consider Sunday shopping bylaw 0
Morden town council members maintain there have little or no say or control over the state of the research station grounds.
By Lorne Stelmach
The Town of Morden will be considering the issue of Sunday shopping.
The issue came before town council at its June 6 committee meeting in response to a query from a local business owner.
While the letter to council indicated his business wasn't necessarily interested in opening Sundays, he suggested Morden needed to address the issue if it is going to keep pace and remain competitive.
The Sunday shopping changes brought forward by the province would:
- expand the hours retail businesses could be open on Sundays, under a municipal bylaw, by an additional three hours in the morning, widening Sunday shopping hours to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
- apply expanded hours to Louis Riel Day, Victoria Day and Thanksgiving Day;
- affirm that retail workers have the right to refuse work on Sundays, provided they give their employer at least 14 days notice;
- authorize employment standards officers to order an employer compensate or reinstate an employee penalized for exercising their right to refuse work on a Sunday.
The new provincial legislation was expected to receive final approval shortly, and council agreed they would then consider enacting a new local bylaw.
Meanwhile, council also dealt with a number of other matters at its June 6 committee and June 11 council meetings.
- BRIDGE TO NOWHERE?
Council is calling on a property owner to allow a pedestrian bridge to be used to connect part of Morden's pathway system.
An agreement made years ago with Oakwest Estates saw the town put in a bridge that crosses the Dead Horse Creek and connects the west end development to North Railway St. Council maintains however part of that agreement was an easement would be granted to connect that bridge to a pathway for general community use and not just Oakwest Estates.
Council members discussed the possibility of relocating the bridge, but they agreed to first try to reach an agreement with Oakwest Estates. Failing that, they also are looking at approaching CP Rail for the right of way to install a path adjacent to the tracks and connect to a pathway that crosses over to Maple St.
- FIX UP STATION GROUNDS?
Council sympathizes with an area resident's concerns about the state of the federal research station grounds but says there is little the town can do about it.
Thelma Alexander expressed her concern about the public grounds of the station not being kept up in a way befitting what used to be an important attraction for the town. Council shared her concerns but maintained it is out of their hands and the concerns should be taken up with the federal government.
"It's not that we haven't tried," commented Maurice Butler, who added they had hoped the Morden Horticultural Society or another volunteer group would step in and get involved.
"It would be nice if we did have a friends of the research station group but we don't," agreed Hank Hildebrand.
- IN BRIEF
- Morden's first downtown mural will be restored and put back on display. Council approved funds to touch up the Sir John A. McDonald's Visit to Morden mural that was removed when Coffee Culture renovated the building where the mural was originally located. The mural will then be installed on a north exterior wall of the Morden 55+ Activity Centre.
- Council is going to give its community forums one more try after a disappointing turnout to the last open public meeting this spring. The next forum is planned for November in a different location and will have specific topics on the agenda.