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Council Honours City’s Past With Proclamation

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Dauphin city councillors passed three proclamations at their regular meeting Sept. 7.

Sept. 10 to 19 was proclaimed Welcoming Week as an opportunity to promote a spirit of inclusiveness and belonging to build connections between new and long-time residents of the community. The proclamation also recognizes the important work of immigrant settlement organizations such as Regional Connections, which provides settlement, employment, language and community connection services for newcomers to south central Manitoba.

Councillors also proclaimed 2021 as a Year to Commemorate the Anniversary of Many Great Historical Events In and Around Dauphin.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the settlement of Dauphin in 1896, which saw a series of historic events, including the designation of the town as Section 10 on Sept. 9, the sale of the first lots, Oct. 7; the laying of railway tracks across Main Street on Nov. 7; and the first telegram from Dauphin on Nov. 9.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Main Street pedestrian subway and the 80th anniversary of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and the airports at Dauphin and Paulson.
Finally, councillors proclaimed Sept. 20 to 26 as Rail Safety Week, a national initiative to raise awareness about rail safety and the dangers of ignoring safety warnings at crossings, trespassing on rail property and the deaths, injuries and damage which can occur.

Added to taxes

Councillors voted to add one outstanding account for demolition costs at 128 4th Ave. SW to the tax rolls in the amount of $21,458.98.

No grant

Council was informed its application to the 2021-22 Building Sustainable Communities Program to help fund the replacement of the conferencing system in council chambers was not approved.

Main South

City manager Sharla Griffiths updated councillors on the plan to redevelop Main Street South into a four-lane divided road with traffic signals at the entrance to Dauphin Marketplace Mall and east and west side service roads. The city has issued an RFP for design of the drainage system and will ensure that work and requirements for active transportation plans will be integrated into Manitoba Infrastructure’s plans. The province is currently working on acquiring the necessary land and still plans to complete the work in 2022.

Airport

Griffiths informed councillors that Transport Canada will conduct a process inspection at the airport later this month. As well, the airport’s emergency plan will be evaluated through a tabletop exercise and mock disaster in late September and mid-October respectively.

Drive-in movie

Details of the drive-in movie event, planned as part of the recent place branding process are being finalized. The event will take place, Oct. 2 at Selo Ukraina. There will be three movies shown - afternoon, early evening and late evening - with room for approximately 150 vehicles per showing.

Accounts approved

Council approved the issuance of 92 cheques totaling $424,852.38 for outstanding accounts. Also approved were five electronic payments, mostly for payroll, totalling $189,429.62.

No more lease

The city received word from the Dauphin Regional Airport Authority board that it is breaking its lease with the city for its billboard on airport property. The city had been paying an annual fee of $670 for the billboard, but in the interest of fairness the authority has opted to provide the billboard space at no cost, as the RM of Dauphin occupies a recycling space on airport property for free.

Website

Council awarded a contract for redesign and hosting of the city’s website to All-Net Municipal Solutions in the amount of $5,270 annually for four years, $23,080 in total. The contract includes support in the amount 10 hours each year, site hosting, nightly data backups, the ability to redesign after three years and an option to add a tourism “custom micro-site.”

Auditors

Council accepted a proposal from MNP to provide audit services in 2021 at a cost of $13,500, 2022 at a cost of $13,750 and 2023 at a cost of $14,000. MNP was the response to a request for proposals issued to all qualified local accounting firms.

Rail Museum

Councillors authorized a donation of $750 to the Dauphin Rail Museum to help cover the costs of a Dauphin Rail 125 Celebration at the museum, Sept. 25. The event kicks off a countdown to the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the first train in Dauphin on Dec. 15, 1896.

United Way

Council agreed to provide a letter of support for United Way Brandon and District in its effort to expand its funding territory. With many calls for assistance coming from communities outside of its current catchment area the district is looking to expand its territory to include all of western Manitoba from Swan River to the U.S. border.

Absence

Council passed a resolution excusing Mayor Allen Dowhan from the July 22, August 9 and Sept. 7 regular meetings. The resolution is necessary under provisions of the Municipal Act.

Bylaws

Councillors gave first reading to Bylaw 07/2021 to amend zoning for part of 100 Cruise Crescent from Rural Multi Family to Commercial Mixed.

COVID updates

Council received correspondence from Manitoba Municipal Relations informing them the province remains at the Yellow Caution level on the pandemic response system. The bulletin also outlined new requirements for people to be fully immunized to participate in certain events and activities and recommended that businesses and organizations follow the province’s lead and consider mandating COVID-19 vaccination for their front-line employees to protect customers and staff and reduce the chance of an outbreak.

Examinations

Council received a rundown from the Manitoba Auditor General of three limited scope examinations of concerns raised by citizens. The examinations centred on the Shellmouth Dam Compensation Program, the sale of Vimy Arena by the City of Winnipeg and a lack of oversight surrounding municipal development corporations. Each of the examinations resulted in recommendations to improve similar situations in the future.

Light the country

Council received a letter from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation concerning an initiative planned for Sept. 30. In recognition of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the centre is asking governments at every level and communities to light up the exterior of their buildings and landmarks with the colour orange to honour children who did not come home from residential schools, those who have lived as survivors and their families.

Development

Council received word from the federal government regarding a new regional development agency for the prairie provinces. The more focused, locally-informed approach will see new Manitoba service locations in Brandon and Thompson opened in the coming months.

Invitations

Council received invitations to attend the Dr. Vernon L. Watson Bust Unveiling, Sept. 16, the Association of Manitoba Municipalities cities caucus meeting, Sept. 22; the Dauphin Rail Museum Rail 125 Celebration, Sept. 25; the Federation of Canadian Municipalities virtual 2021 Sustainable Communities Conference, Oct. 19 to 21; the 2021 Association of Manitoba Municipalities convention, Nov. 22 and 23; the Canadian Mental Health Association virtual AGM, Sept. 23; and the Dauphin Flight Training Centre grand opening, Sept. 11.