The Hanley/Rosedale Fire Chief has declared a fire ban in The R.M. of Rosedale No. 283 and the Town of Hanley on all burning, including outdoor fire pits and controlled burns. This order will continue to be in effect until further notification from the municipality.
The regular date for the Town of Hanley’s council meeting should have been July 13th, 2020. The Town and all the council members failed to let the general public know that the meeting date was changed because the Administrator was going on holidays.
At the time, there was consternation in the community of the water bill issues and people were waiting to go to the meeting on July 13th, 2020 to voice their concerns. Unknown to them, the Town changed the date and failed to notify the general public.
On checking with the Provincial Ombudsman Office through their website. The site advises to check with the authority for clarification.
In my view the meeting on July 6th, 2020 should be classed as an “In Camera Meeting”. That means that no bylaws can be passed at the meeting. Any discussions on bylaws or votes must be brought forth to a valid Council Meeting (ie regular date or advertised change of date).
The following is a quote from the Municipality Act for the Province of Saskatchewan: Quote:::
Regular meetings122(1) A council may decide to hold regularly scheduled council or council committee meetings on specified dates, times and places.(2) Notice of regularly scheduled meetings need not be given.(3) If a council or a council committee changes the date, time or place of a regularly scheduled meeting, the council shall give notice of the change to any members of council or committee members not present at the meeting at which the change was made and to the public at least 24 hours before the changed meeting.
As I looked at the Council minutes from July 6th, 2020, I see the council passed numerous bylaws and actions. My question to the Town: Were these bylaws and questions brought forward legally to the Council meeting of August 11th, 2020? If not, then any bylaw passed at the July 6th meeting are not valid and need to be reintroduced at a regular council meeting where the general public is able to sit in and view the proceedings.
I do find It strange that questions on the water issues in early July, the Town Administrator, The Town Clerk, The Mayor, The Deputy Mayor and all council members failed to note that a notice of change of council date was not published to the general public.
Seems like the Town was trying to hide something. I do know the Deputy Mayor said ‘Sorry’ for not advising the public. Is that to mean that like the Federal PM, once you say ‘sorry’, all is good even though they didn’t follow correct procedures?
Just saying !
The Town Office will be closed Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. while the Administrator attends a meeting with SaskWater and the Town of Dundurn.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
The Town Office will be closed at 4:30 Wednesday, July 29 at 4: 30 p.m. for appointments then again Thursday morning July 30 for a DRWU meeting. The office will be open Thursday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Sorry for the inconvenience!
The Town is working on opening the Spray Park today but wish to remind users that the area WILL NOT be cleaned and to please take precautions to keep our community safe! The washrooms will remain closed for this season.
Effective a.m. Monday, June 15th, 2020, the Water Security Agency has rescinded the PDWA for the Town of Hanley after both water samples came back clean.
Yay! The pipes leaving the plant are pressured up! Ben will flush some hydrants then pressure up the town. It would be a good idea to flush water with your garden hose or cold water taps in the house just to get any dirt or silt that may come through.
Remember you are on a Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory till the 2 sets of samples come back clean. We may not get results till Monday but will try to update you when we know.
Thank you again for your patience!
The contractors and water operator have decided to turn the water back on this afternoon then start construction at about 8:00 am tomorrow morning Wednesday, June 10.
The water will be off for the day tomorrow, Wednesday, June 10, till construction is complete.
The Precautionary Drinking Water is effective today and will be effective till such time as water samples come back clean.