Town of Oxbow will participate in Regional Housing Initiative

Marilyn Johnson
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TOWN COUNCIL MINUTES

The regular meeting of Oxbow Town Council was held the evening of Mar. 12. All members of council were present.

The meeting was a short one with little new business to discuss.

A resolution was passed stating that the Town will participate with the Saskatchewan South East Enterprise Region (SSEER) in the Regional Housing Initiative at a cost of $2,500. The first step will be to form a Community Housing Action Committee. According to information from SSEER, the Committee’s function is much more than just collecting housing and demographic information in the community. The Committee will be expected to become informed about not only the full continuum of housing in the community but the housing outlook in the region and province. The Committee members will be expected to attend regional housing information sessions. A knowledgeable, well informed Community Housing Action Committee will be an asset to Council for the final stage of Phase 11 of the Regional Housing initiative – that is development and implementation of the “Community Housing Action Plan”.

The Town of Oxbow will advertise for tenders to repair the library building on 581 Bow Street. The windows and siding need to be removed and replaced.

Whether a street light is needed at the north end of Tupper Street (near Heritage Court) was tabled after it was mentioned that a street light behind a house on Spruce Drive was not working. It was agreed that a decision should not be made until this existing light was working properly.

The town has been obtaining figures from Peter Hooge of Associated Engineering to see how much it would cost to have another water well drilled. In order to minimize expenses, Brad Vanbeselaere, administrator, was authorized to find out if the Town could have someone else do the test holes, and if the results are promising have Associated Engineering look after completing a well. The administrator was also authorized to contact the Sask. Watershed Authority regarding exploring the possibility of having water piped from the Alameda reservoir for a regional project.

A shed damaged by a town employee during snow removal has been fixed.

Reports:

* Potholes around town need to be filled

* The hall (former Oxbow Prairie Heights School) owned by the Town of Oxbow was discussed. The position of the Town is that the hall is a temporary building used until a new hall is built. While fees are being paid by various groups who use the building on a regular basis, it is expected that there will be a shortfall of funds as heating bills will be large.

The remainder of the meeting was devoted to budget deliberations.

 marilyn@oxbowherald.sk.ca

Organizations: Saskatchewan South East Enterprise Region, Community Housing Action Committee, Oxbow Town Council Near Heritage Court Oxbow Prairie Heights School

Geographic location: Oxbow, 581 Bow Street, Tupper Street Sask.

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