Mor­rin Com­mu­nity Cal­en­dar

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Darcy Gra­ham 403-772-3747

Hey, hope you all en­joyed cel­e­brat­ing Fa­ther’s Day with your dear hus­bands and Dads. We got to take the mo­tor home out on the week­end for a fun camp­ing trip to Medicine Hat. It was sure windy driv­ing home but the Sun­day stormy skies seem to have blown through cuz the sun is shin­ing bright and looks to be a beau­ti­ful Mon­day morn­ing in Mor­rin, as I sit down to write the news.

And as the Mor­rin cor­re­spon­dent for the Drumheller Mail, I de­cided to take in the monthly vil­lage coun­cil meet­ing last week and send off some info to ev­ery­one. Al, Sue, Dave and An­nette got to work right at 7:00 p.m. They had quite a stack of pa­per­work to go through to­gether and I thought they moved through it quickly and ef­fi­ciently as the meet­ing lasted only 90 min­utes. I did not re­al­ize the ad­min­is­tra­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity that falls on their shoul­ders with fi­nances, bills and ac­count­ing and de­ci­sions to make to keep vil­lage op­er­a­tion run­ning smoothly. Our pub­lic works fore­man David Benci re­ported that he has been do­ing a con­sid­er­able amount of mow­ing and weed-whip­ping around town with all the rain/sun­shine and he has got­ten a good start plant­ing flow­ers. He does garbage col­lec­tion ev­ery Tues­day and some­thing to note is that as per vil­lage by­law, garbage bags/mowed grass bags left out for pickup that day should not weigh more than 25 pounds. He also emp­ties the sup­plied metal re­cy­cling bins and does a weekly run to the Drumheller Land­fill/Re­cy­cling Cen­ter with newsprint and card­board. He would ap­pre­ci­ate our co­op­er­a­tion to take a mo­ment to squish card­board down be­fore in­sert­ing it into the bin. And as soon as school is out, Dave is look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a sum­mer stu­dent to help him with the on­go­ing main­te­nance and mow­ing about town. He con­cluded his re­port by thank­ing the coun­cil mem­bers for work­ing co­op­er­a­tively to­gether with him and he left the meet­ing.

Other points of in­ter­ests I recorded...the sub­mis­sions are in and have been nar­rowed down to the top three that qual­i­fied to com­plete another sec­tion of sewer/wa­ter line re­place­ment with fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the as­so­ci­ated ap­plied-for gov­ern­ment grant. It is a lengthy process for our vil­lage op­er­a­tors to as­sess the bids and ne­go­ti­ate with en­gi­neers and con­trac­tors to choose the best quote and all is done in re­quired time­lines. Res­i­dents will be happy to know this sum­mer work will soon be sched­uled for 1st av­enue north. I men­tioned in an ear­lier write-up that our vil­lage is debt-free (high five!) and that coun­cilors do their best to en­sure that the un­der­ground pipes and lines in the most dis­re­pair are up­graded each year dur­ing the warm months of outdoor ground con­struc­tion with the costly job of repaving to fol­low. And lastly at the meet­ing, we learned some news we may all take pride in, the vil­lage of Mor­rin re­cently re­ceived from Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs, the “Al­berta Safety Recog­ni­tion Award”...20 years strong! Well done!

So, I don’t know what news the Eastern Cen­tral Al­berta Re­view will print this week about our vil­lage op­er­a­tion as this time the pa­per’s pub­lisher/edi­tor Joyce Web­ster was in at­ten­dance all the way from Coro­na­tion. This was my first Mor­rin Coun­cil meet­ing and my take is that I was quite im­pressed by the pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ef­fi­ciency of the em­ployed and elected peo­ple who work tire­lessly and quite of­ten thank­lessly to keep things go­ing in Mor­rin. And there you have it folks...as fel­low cor­re­spon­dent Becky Kowalchuk of­ten says...be kind to one another. Cheers!

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