Tuesday brought a lot of good news for Moose Jaw's former mayor Glenn Hagel.
© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Not only was the Scotties Tournament of Hearts bid green-lit by council, but RuBarb Productions Inc. — the local theatre production company with which Hagel is involved as chairman of the board — was approved for municipal project status until it receives a charitable donations number from the Canada Revenue Agency.
"RuBarb Productions is a newly formed, registered non-profit corporation that has applied for a charitable donations number," Jody Hauta, the city's director of parks and recreation, told council. "RuBarb Productions has a few different events has a few different events they have planned that are coming up that they would like to raise some funding for."
Hauta told council RuBarb is "Moose Jaw's own theatre company" that "offer(s) stage productions for the entertainment of Moose Jaw people … employ professional performers … and they do involve local amateurs for some of their productions as well."
After a handful of inquiries about the nature of the request — clarifying the time frame for the municipal project status and the volume of tax receipts that may have to be issued by the city's finance department — council voted to grant the company municipal project status.
The motion was carried with all but Coun. Brian Swanson in favour.
Other items handled by council Tuesday included:
The nomination of a citizen-at-large representative on the Wakamow Valley Authority. Coun. Patrick Boyle moved that Jocelyn Froehlich be appointed to the position and a ballot vote was held. She was elected.
The Moose Jaw Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club applied for use of the Hamilton Flats Slo-Pitch Parking Lot from Nov. 1, 2013 through April 1, 2014, including use on Feb. 1 and 22, 2013 for the annual snowmobile races. After some inquiries were made into the amount of liability insurance required — the motion stated $5 million, but Coun. Brian Swanson wanted to make sure more would not be required — council carried the motion.
Council considered a sole source contract for the new hospital's water service connection fittings, which will allow the hospital to be heated with water instead of propane over the winter months and facilitate work on the structure during that time. Council ultimately granted engineering permission to pursue the contract with Wolesley Waterworks with all but Coun. Luhning in favour.
There was considerable discussion surrounding the Scotties Tournament of Hearts bid and the attached $100,000 in cash or kind commitment. Councillors debated sources of funding before passing the initial motion, which will draw the funds for the bid from the 2014 and 2015 operating budgets.
Council debated the viability of a core service review prior to the 2013 budget process. All councillors agreed that the city should look for efficiencies in its budget, but the majority were opposed to the core service review concept because of concerns stemming from the potential need for an external contractor, the cost associated with that, and the possibility of city service privatization.