Town, RM to meet over road concern 0
By Lorne Stelmach
Concern about the condition of a shared road between Morden and the RM of Stanley brought the issue before town council at its Monday meeting.
A complaint came to the town about the condition of Road 29 on the south end of town, which has a short section of it within Morden's boundaries.
As a result, council had agreed on a recommendation to make it clear its portion of the road is not a truck route and was prepared to write to all local gravel haulers that the town road is not for their use.
The road, however, then continues into Stanley, and informal discussions with RM officials told the town that decision would create problems for the municipality, and they requested a meeting with Morden first.
Council agreed to table the matter for now but not before at least one council member expressed some frustration.
"The worst part of the road is our property ... it's not costing the RM anything," commented Doug Frost.
Morden town council also discussed and acted on a number of other matters at its August 20 meeting:
- Tabor timeline questioned: Word from provincial officials is that planning for the community's new personal care home is being delayed, so town officials are looking for some clear direction on the project from the government.
Deputy mayor Irvin Wiebe said the timeline for construction and completion of Tabor Home is a little more uncertain, so they are contacting the minister of health for more clear indication of the timeline and when the town will need to start and complete work on infrastructure to serve the facility.
- No 2nd driveway: Council is sticking to its general policy of not allowing second driveways on residential properties.
It turned down a variation order request for a second driveway on a River Road property after neighbouring residents objected because the owner wanted it for a bobcat and other storage related to his home-based construction business.
Councillor Hank Hildebrand did raise a concern that there are likely other people in town storing construction and business equipment illegally on residential lots which has been overlooked.
"I know it's being done in town in different locations."
- More industrial lots: Council gave approval to its own subdivision request that will clear the way for developing new industrial lots in the south end of Morden.
The subdivision will extend 9th St. South to Willcocks Rd. and allow for the 28 acre parcel of land to be subdivided into 36 industrial lots.
- In brief: Council agreed to cover the Morden Handivan's current operating deficit of about $25,000. And it also agreed that the pedestrian bridge near Oakwest Estates will be moved to another location where it will be more suitable for use by the community at large.