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Council approves by-election information

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Sacred Heart School/École Sacré Coeur Grade 3 students recited poetry at the start of the April 7 meeting of Estevan City Council. They were selected through the Mayor's Poetry Contest.

Estevan City Council has finalized more information for the upcoming April 23 by-election.

Council formally approved two "yes" or "no" questions for the ballot during their April 7 meeting. One question will ask whether the City should continue to add fluoride to the drinking water. The process is hazardous for City staff, but fluoride in water helps prevent tooth decay.

The other question is whether a casino should be constructed in the Estevan area.

Council also approved the wages for those working on election day. A supervisor will receive $300, the issuing deputy returning officers will get $250 and the poll clerk will be paid $220.

Five people – Lynn Chipley, Trevor Knibbs, Rev. Stewart Miller, Mohammad Waseem and Marge Young – are vying for the open seat on Estevan City Council in the by-election.
Other highlights from the council meeting were:

*Grade 3 students from Sacred Heart School/École Sacré Coeur were at council through the mayor's poetry contest. They recited a pair of poems: Gerald and Fudge.

*The Estevan Royal Canadian Legion would like to see the next green space available in Estevan dedicated to a memorial park. In a letter to council, local Legion president Troy LeBlanc said there isn't an available area in the city to honour local veterans and those who perished in military service. The park would also be home to a memorial wall, which would list the names of local residents who served in the First and Second World Wars, and the Korean War. There has been some discussion of using Royal Heights Park as the memorial park. LeBlanc's request was referred to the Leisure Services committee.

*Council received a letter from Estevan's Bump, Baby and Toddler expo, asking for financial support. Councillor Lori Carr said the expo is a great event that's worthy of support, but it's not something that council should be sponsoring.

 


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