Highlights from the November 26 meeting of Estevan City Council:
*The Estevan Chamber of Commerce presented its budget to Council. The Chamber is seeking $300,000 from the City of Estevan next year for their economic development and tourism services, which is $50,000 more than they received in 2012. The Chamber's request was referred to budget deliberations, which will begin on December 12.
*Councillor Brian Johnson will attend a meeting of the Southeast Saskatchewan Airshed Association on December 11 in Regina. Airshed executive director Terry Gibson made a request to Council in September to have somebody join the association, but the request was referred until after the civic election.
*Maple Bay resident Clarence Morgan made a request to have his garbage picked up in front of his house throughout the year. Maple Bay is among the roads that has front yard pick-up for several months each year, due to snow that accumulates in back alleys, making it difficult to pick up garbage in alleys. Council believes that support for front yard pick-up is gaining in the community.
*Ticket sales for the Theory of a Deadman/Big Wreck concert on December 9 are going briskly, according to city manager Jim Puffalt. He said it will be a great show.
*Councillor Chris Istace would like to see more detailed accounting when it comes to the concession at the Leisure Centre and Spectra Place, and a better breakdown on revenues that have been generated by special events. Puffalt said they are making progress on those fronts.
*Leisure Services manager Brad Gilbert offered a recap on the compression failure that occurred at Spectra Place during the weekend of November 16 to 18. Gilbert said the oil filter alarm light for compressor No. 1 was lit on November 16. The service provider, Gateway, arrived and replaced the filter that day. By 3 a.m. on November 18, the oil pressure in the compressors had dropped, tripping the oil pressure alarm. Twenty-five gallons of oil – equivalent to five months worth – was added to the system. Gateway returned that afternoon, shut down the entire system, and found that the problem was due to an employee who didn't properly affix a gasket with the new oil filter. No ice times were cancelled and a few games were delayed due to the compressor issues.
*Council once again referred a request to have rental fees at Spectra Place waived for next year's Walk for MS. Council wants to know the venue fee for the event, and if anything is scheduled. Events manager Garth Forster believes that the event should be in Spectra Place, but Council is concerned about the precedent, even though they have waived rental fees at other venues.