Highlights from the July 9 meeting of Estevan City Council:
*Council continues to press CP Rail on the transload facility that is located in the heart of the city. CP Rail said they hope to relocate the transload facility, along with a pipe unloading dock, from Estevan city limits by the third quarter of 2013. CP Rail has considered three possible locations: one west of the community, and two east of Estevan. The amount of oil being loaded at the transload facility remains at five or six rail cars a week.
*A total of 100 blocks have been resurfaced in Estevan since 2005. City manager Jim Puffalt said there are about 80 kilometres of paved roads in the city. The 100 blocks represents about 15 kilometres. Mayor Gary St. Onge said that if they finish King Street, along with Souris Avenue North and South, it would make a big difference. Councillor Chris Istace said the City is doing the best they can with the money that they have, and they're directing funds towards the areas that need it the most, like Milne Crescent. They also have a limited time frame of about six months to get the work done. He also noted that they need provincial funding before they can begin work on Souris.
*Council approved two new policies. One will deal with confidentiality. The other will handle customer service. The confidentiality policy governs how City staff should handle confidential information that they view while working. The etiquette and customer service policy requires City staff to give customers their utmost attention. It has become necessary due to the increasing popularity for cell phones, text messages and social networking. It also governs how staff should handle rude customers.
*Brenda Molyneux was awarded a three-year contract to provide mail courier services for the city for $465 a month.
*Council tabled a proposed rate increase for Leisure Services in 2012-13. Council would like input from the Leisure Services manager before they give final approval. Rates have to be finalized before the end of the month, so that they can give sufficient notice to affected facility users. Council members are concerned with the cost recovery rate at some facilities.
*Council approved the construction of three new four-unit condominium buildings in the 700 block of Fifth Street. An existing commercial/industrial building would be demolished so that the project can proceed. Concern was raised by some neighbours with the increase in traffic and the impact on parking in the area. Members of Council believe that the condominiums will enhance the neighbourhood.