Access closed, M.P. asked to explain trade agreement

Briefs from the Ashcroft Council meeting on Aug. 24.

From the Ashcroft Council meeting on Feb. 24.

Roll Call: Mayor Andy Anderson and councillors Alice Durksen, Jerry Fiddick, Helen Kormendy and Jackie Tegart.

Skips Annual Charity Run

Council agreed to the Lions request that the date of the Run be changed to Sunday, June 2. They had originally asked for June 1, but that date coincides with this year’s 25th annual HOG Run. The Lions plan to start and finish the Run on Evans Rd. and won’t need to cross the highway for it.

Rodeo Parade

Council agreed to grant the Rodeo Parade $1,000 as it did last year. The theme of the June 15 parade is Mining.

Fall Fair

Council agreed to support the Fall Fair as it did last year, with a $100 sponsorship in their booklet and prizes for two categories of Fair entries.

This year’s Fair is taking place on Sept. 8 in the arena with the theme, Blue Jeans and Country Scenes.

Fun Fair

Council agreed to donate two punch card pool passes to the Ashcroft Elementary School PAC for fundraising at its fifth annual Fun Fair on May 23.

CETA

Council reviewed a letter from MP Mark Strahl regarding the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and decided that it would like him to come and speak more on the subject.

“There were a lot of issues with NAFTA that no one thought about,” said Coun. Jackie Tegart, “that impacted rural communities.”

In his letter, Strahl was asking for Council’s support for CETA.

“We need to read all the information we can get on it before we vote,” said Coun. Helen Kormendy.

Access to Juniper Drive

Council voted to direct Public Works to permanently block the 20 foot strip of land from Heustis Dr. to vehicular traffic and to post No Trespassing signs.

Over the past two months, Council has heard from residents who use the unauthorized access and from one who says it is dangerous and puts the Village at risk.

Residents have been using the stip to access the area behind the properties. The Village gave them until March 31 to remove any vehicles from the property.

Zoning Amendment

The bylaw will expand the permtted uses on the Ashcroft Terminal land to allow for trans-shipment of goods and other related industries. Council voted to have the bylaw drafted and brought forward to be discussed at a future meeting.

Next Meeting

March 25 at 7 pm in the Village Office. The public is always welcome to attend.

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