Morrin Community Calendar
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!