RM of Gimli keeps fire ban in effect

RM of Gimli council noted the Fire Chief is keeping the existing fire ban in effect until further notice

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Rural Municipality of Gimli mayor heard from a concerned citizen wanting the existing fire ban lifted, but after noting four brush and grass fires in addition to one structural fire, the ban remains in effect as a precaution. “Public safety has to come first,” said councillor Cody Magnusson.

Gimli Fire Chief Gary MacGregor will review his decision at the end of the week.

Emergency measures plans were being updated regarding efficient response and performance. In addition, council resolved to agree to the terms and conditions of prevention and safety training between the RM of Gimli recreation centre and the Canadian Red Cross.

Gimli council further approved the offer to purchase agreement as presented by cannabis company, Alta Greens Ally, at a special meeting of May 23. A recorded vote noted four councillors in favour of the motion, with councillor Thora Palson against.

Council passed a motion to adopt a policy for usage of the aquatic centre with mayor Lynn Greenberg requesting a recorded vote and opposing the motion as it stood. Motions to purchase tickets for Lobsterfest and to waive curling club fees for the Rotary club of Gimli were passed.

Council unanimously approved a motion that Elections Manitoba be able to exclusively rent the multi-purpose building in August Sept. subject to entering into a lease agreement. Funds would be directed back into the building for maintenance.

Councillor Peter Holfeuer was appointed as a representative to the Gimli Glider exhibit and councillor Cody Magnusson was available as an ongoing representative to the Seniors Resource Council, excluding the AGM.

The Gimli garden club was commended while the motion to purchase a children’s safety book through the Legion branch no. 182 was tabled. Two public hearings were held and both applications for variation were approved after presentation and discussion.

Council moved to keep zoning bylaw no. 11-2013 the same with the existing provision requiring conditional use application for animal operations over three hundred animal units.

By leaving it alone,” we keep the number low, “which is good and bad, countered councillor Richard Petrowski. “It makes it harder for someone to start a new business.”