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Istace formally submits resignation

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Councillor Chris Istace has made his departure from Estevan City Council official, as he submitted his letter of resignation during the December 9 council meeting.

His resignation takes effect on December 31.

Istace and his family will move to Chemainus, B.C. at the end of the year. He said he will occasionally return to Estevan for work and community commitments, but he can't remain on council if he's residing in another province.

"I do care about Estevan, and I see where it's headed. I see the work that has happened in the last four years, and a lot of big changes have happened," said Istace.

Mayor Roy Ludwig said Istace has brought a lot of good ideas in the last four years.

"Your energy has been contagious, and I can only hope that we get a young person in your place of the same calibre," said Ludwig.

Istace was first elected in 2009, and was re-elected in 2012. He announced in November that he would be stepping aside from council.

A by-election to find Istace's replacement will be held in the new year.

Other highlights from the meeting were:

*Regens Disposal submitted its report for October and November. The average recycle cart in October weighed 11.82 kilograms, and the total weight of collected recycled materials collected was 39,920 kilograms. In November, the average recycle cart weighed 10.38 kilograms, and the total weight collected was 35,370 kilograms.

*Rocky Mountain Phoenix was awarded two tenders for Estevan Fire Services: one was for the supply of turnout gear for $3,792.81, and the other was for one-hour MSA SCBA cylinders for $1,330 a bottle.

*A one-year subscription for the Everbridge Mass Notification system will cost $7,155. The system will be utilized for disaster notification purposes. The equipment was purchased through a Safe Communities grant from Enbridge Pipelines.

*Nine building permits with a total value of $14.8 million were issued in November, bringing the total for the year to 119 permits worth more than $51.4 million. Among last months permits were a commercial project for nearly $8.4 million, and a 39-unit multi-family development for $4.7 million.

*A change order request for Estevan's new water reservoir will cost $8,959.50. Council would like to be reimbursed, since the change order is for the replacement of an undersized SaskEnergy gas meter that was caused by a contractor error.

*Trimount Developments is applying to subdivide another 8.42 acres of land in the Dominion Heights subdivision. It will accommodate 19 single-family residential properties, 10 duplexes, and two multi-family parcels for yet-undetermined residential developments. First reading was given to a bylaw to rezone the land. The roads in the subdivision will be known as Chapman Bay and McLean Street.

*Council approved a lot consolidation in the 200 block of Fifth Street to accommodate a light industrial office and service shop.

*Three readings were given to a bylaw to reinstate a traffic committee in Estevan. It will be comprised of the police chief, the public works manager, a traffic enforcement representative, and either a member of council or a member at large.


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