Letters to the Editor
was elected Chair of the Board 6 years ago and still hold the position. The Board’s rapport with the village (who in fact own the library and maintain the building and grounds) is harmonious and healthy. Both my husband Bob and I have found our dealings with Morrin village leadership, in every instance, to be amicable, gracious and fair.
So back to the ECA article, complaints aside...the good news according to ECA Review reporter Debra Johnston, because our village councilors are good stewards of our property tax dollars, and operating government grants (that must be applied for through a tedious process)...we have in her words, “good finances.” We passed our audit with flying colors, as always. And to expound on that, did you know that our village is debt-free? It is true. And in a province where the Alberta NDP government is taxing and spending recklessly...this is very encouraging news.
Our Village councilors put in their time, and as we have witnessed over the years, sometimes even help do the garbage run when we are without a Public Works Foreman. They are on call during power outages, sewer problems, snowstorms, fires and whatever else may come. They went above and beyond last spring and summer in planning with the Homecoming Committee to care for and prepare our corner of the world for the 95th Morrin Homecoming...it was a fantastic event!
And now, I am just going to brag about our village for a bit. When we first moved to Morrin, our next-door neighbor said... “great place to raise kids”. Agreed...lots of young families...good school...nice community. For those who may not know, we have 3 councilors, who get paid a miniscule amount ($50) to meet together each month with village Administrator Annette Plachner. They seek to do the best they can with the limited resources they have, to plan out village maintenance and repairs. And because they are responsible with spending each year, they are able to regularly invest in new equipment to enhance village operation. Last year it was a new bucket for the tractor and in partnership with Starland County, this year they were able to purchase a brand new fire truck. Aging sewer/ water lines are systematically being replaced as they fail and this year, hired contractors will be installing new pipes on 1st avenue north with the costly job of repaving to follow.
And, with summer approaching, it becomes a very busy season in our village. Welcome to David Benci, our new Public Works Foreman who has already been out mowing the grass on village property. Also...Thuro from Calgary will be out on May 6th to flush all the main sewer lines, which, depending on how much debris there is, costs the village $1200.00 - $1400.00 and the unwanted contents are pumped all the way out to the lagoon on the east end of town. Also, I received notice in our water bill that the big metal spring cleanup bins will be coming to Morrin May 12th and 13th, weather permitting. The village is not obligated to do this but what a great opportunity to get rid of stuff that you would normally have to go find a truck, load up and take to the nearest garbage/recycling facility. You cannot dump off propane tanks, chemicals, batteries, tires, Freon appliances, building materials or paint cans... but just about everything else. This is a very helpful service provided to Morrin residents.
And on another positive community-spirited note, the 4H Multi-Club held their year end Achievement Night recently at the Morrin Community Hall and boy, did we see the goods...happy Cleavers, running engines, beautifully displayed photographic shots, videos of horses and dogs and handmade leashes and bridles. We admired sewing projects of aprons, bookmarks, skirts, dresses, blouses, bowl holders, book-bags and iphone covers and we heard some really good music performed by the rock band...pretty amazing projects, pretty amazing year for our children and the evening wrapped up with a lovely lunch. Huge thanks and appreciation to organizers, leaders, instructors and parents for making this happen for our kids.
So there you have it. As the Morrin Community Calendar Correspondent for the Drumheller Mail, I wish to set the record straight and let you know, like anywhere, there may be minor issues to deal with at times, but...there are so many more good things happening in Morrin...cheers!