Council clears the way for expanded Sunday shopping 0
By Lorne Stelmach
Morden is prepared to follow the province's lead on Sunday shopping.
Town council gave first reading recently to the new Sunday shopping bylaw that will keep Morden in step with new provincial regulations coming into effect.
The Sunday shopping changes brought forward by the Manitoba government will:
- 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.
Council will give the bylaw second and final reading after the new provincial regulations officially take effect.
Other business that came before council at its June 25 meeting:
- Morden's zoning bylaw will receive a number of minor amendments.
Some of the changes make small revisions to regulations governing accessory buildings, sign sizes and required parking spaces for commercial properties.
Stipulations for metal shipping containers will have them classified as a temporary use if on site for less than 90 days in a calendar year but as an accessory use if on site for more than 90 days and which then carries more requirements. An exception is allowed for construction sites.
And pawn shops will be a conditional use within commercial zones both central and highway.
Other specific site changes included:
- corner of Alvey and Ash St. from residential single to public reserve and a portion for residential two family.
- corner of South Railway and Route 100 from institutional to central commercial use.
- south of Parkhill Dr. between OakwoodDr. and Glenview Dr. from residential single to public reserve.
- south of Brookside Way along the Dead Horse Creek from residential single to public reserve.
- Council gave its blessing to a number of paving projects for 2012.
The sidewalk budget will include work on pathways for Rampton and Victoria St. as well as related work such as grade adjustments.
And general road paving will include new overlays on Poplar and Parkhill - Nelson as well as the Amber Bay swale for drainage.