By Nikki Jamieson
Westwind Weekly News
The following are selected briefs from the regular March 22 Magrath town council meeting:
Delegations – RCMP Sgt. Wright:
Sgt. Kevin Wright of the Raymond RCMP was on hand to present statistics from the previous quarter for the Magrath area to council. Town CAO James Suffredine said that the town’s statistical crime trends compared with other municipalities are low. However, Wright cautioned council that, especially considering the population of Magrath, certain crime categories in these reports can experience temporary ups and downs, as a single ongoing file may produce several incident reports as it is worked through. Categories such as ‘Persons Offences’ or ‘Provincial Stats (not traffic)’ regularly refer to multiple incidents within an ongoing narrative either between the same individuals or individuals following their court conditions.
Cemetery bylaw amendment:
Council passed all three readings for an amendment for the town’s Cemetery Bylaw.
The bylaw amended the current Cemetery Bylaw to require cremation burials be placed in the cemetery’s columbarium, unless the cemetery plot had already been used for a full burial, then a maximum of three cremation burials could also be placed within the plot. The amendment would bring the town’s bylaw in line with neighbouring communities, and utilizing good land-use planning strategies will allow the town to maximize the future capacity of the cemetery
2022 Policy reviews:
The town re-passed a number of policies as part of their ongoing policy review.
Suffredine said that this is part of a general review process, which takes place every two years, and is expected to take place over the next few months.
The policies council re-passed were the Council Computer Policy, Hours of Operation/ Hours of Work policy, Sign Board Policy, Public Key Management Policy, Employee Key Management Policy, Town Hall Room Rentals Policy and Connection to Town Owned Utility Lines Policy.