Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Cal­en­dar

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Darcy Gra­ham 403-772-3747

Hey...so, if April show­ers bring May flow­ers...what do May flow­ers bring? Pil­grims of course! You all must be get­ting tired of my May joke as I re-tell it ev­ery year but it still makes me smile and my hus­band still chuck­les at it. And as far as April goes...not too many show­ers so I hope, hope, hope that May brings the rain, rain, rain.

So, you all know I write the weekly news for the Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Cal­en­dar and sub­mit it to The Drumheller Mail for edit­ing. I don’t know how many of you read the East Cen­tral Al­berta Re­view pa­per dis­trib­uted through­out our area. They pub­lished a lengthy full-page ar­ti­cle about our com­mu­nity of Mor­rin in last week’s edi­tion. The ar­ti­cle cited mi­nor is­sues that a few lo­cal folks seem to have with our vil­lage coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion. As the Mor­rin news correspondent, I wish to ad­dress this. It is un­for­tu­nate that some are hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. I hope those in­volved may reach an agree­ment soon.

Speak­ing from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence...my hus­band and I worked with the Mor­rin Ad­min­is­tra­tion at length when we built our house in Mor­rin in 2006/2007 and al­most ev­ery year since, when we have sought ap­proval to do prop­erty im­prove­ments...never a prob­lem. A cou­ple of years ago we asked if we could build a fence on our front lawn. Due to a lo­cal by­law they said no. We com­pro­mised and planted a hedge in­stead. And I have sat on the Vil­lage of Mor­rin Li­brary Board for sev­eral years and 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 Bob and I have found our deal­ings with 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 coun­cil­lors 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 coun­cil­lors 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 do not know, we have 3 coun­cil­lors, 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 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 6 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...just to­day I re­ceived no­tice in our wa­ter bill that the big metal spring cleanup bins will be com­ing to Mor­rin May 12 and 13, 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.

So there you have it...many good things hap­pen­ing in Mor­rin. And on an­other pos­i­tive com­mu­nity-spir­ited note, the 4H Multi-Club had their year end Achieve­ment Night last Wed­nes­day night 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 don’t for­get that the an­nual Mother’s Day Brunch is com­ing up this Sun­day at the Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Hall from 9 – noon. Kandice says the menu will be quite pleas­ing to the palate as they plan to serve up eggs bene­dict, scram­bled eggs, hash browns, sausages and ham...pan­cakes, fresh fruit plates as well as straw­ber­ries and whipped cream and all washed down with a re­fresh­ing glass of sparkling orange juice. Ad­mis­sion charges are mod­est, es­pe­cially for 12 and un­der and ev­ery­one is wel­come. Happy Mother’s Day! Cheers!

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