Morrin Community Calendar
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!