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Council approves day care request

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Estevan City Council narrowly approved the annual tax abatement for the Pure Energy Early Learning Centre and Estevan Day Care Cooperative, during council's meeting on August 25.

The day care will be taxed as a residential property instead of a commercial entity this year, but council has members said this will be the final year that the day care will enjoy that luxury.

Council first debated the issue at their August 11 meeting. The council members were deadlocked as to how to tax the day care, due to the City's current fiscal challenges.

Councillor Trevor Knibbs wasn't at the August 11 meeting, and he voted in favour of the abatement. Those who backed the abatement said that the day care didn't receive enough advanced notice about the pending change.

The day care said that if they were taxed as a commercial property, it would cost them more than $7,500. 

Other highlights from the meeting were:

*A total of 36,350 kilograms (or more than 40 tonnes) of materials were recycled in Estevan in July, according to a report from Regens Disposal. The average weight of the 3,646 carts was 9.97 kilograms.

*The sign corridor east of the city will be relocated. The corridor has to be moved due to construction of the new truck route.

*The bylaw enforcement officer handled 165 infractions in July. Eighty-one were for parking violations.

*The City will enter into a five-year agreement with Connect Energy Partnership for natural gas at the City of Estevan's facilities. The cost will be $4.62 per gigajoule annually. Many members of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association also receive natural gas from Connect.

*Council approved a $55,000 cost overrun on a temporary sanitary sewer lift station and force main that will be located at Wellock Road and Sister Roddy Road. The total cost will be $255,000.


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