Kenaston Swimming Pool
/ Library Cookbook
is now available from the CoOp and Kenaston Library, and will also be sold from a booth at Ladies Night Out.
The cost is $20.00. Be sure to get your copy in support of the Kenaston Swimming Pool and Library. The cookbook is a fund raising project for improvements to both facilities.
Thank you to all who submitted recipes and who purchased ads.
The Chamber is actively planning the installation of cement picnic tables to enhance our parks. Two will be placed in Veteran's Centennial Park, and two in the Snowman Park. All tables and benches will have a permanent cement base to ensure that they will not need to be moved during grass cutting. If you want to order additional tables, sponsor or donate a table, contact Vicki Holder-306-252-2282. Deadline May 1st.
This offer is not available.
The conrete company informed us
this is not a good option to ensure
quality grade concrete for all
by ML Whittles
The Village Council wishes to thank all who were able to attend the Public Consultation on March 2nd. There were a great deal of questions, suggestions and discussion and we felt that it might be helpful to the community to provide a written response.
The Municipalities Act reinforces the concept that councils are accountable to their electorate and have a responsibility and duty to encourage and enable public participation in the governance process. As your Mayor, I believe in this process and am thrilled with the outcomes of our meeting. With 55 people in attendance; and, with the message further communicated by the article in the Davidson Leader, we believe we were successful in getting our message out. The suggestions and offers of help that have been received have made us total believers. Our most important asset is 'We the People', and the knowledge and talents we hold make us capable of anything thrown our way. Thank you to our Kenaston residents and our R.M. community.
We hope to better explain some of the issues presented at the consultation and attempt to answer some of the questions we were unable to answer that evening. If I miss your question, let me know.
Q#1 Dredging The Lagoon was answered by Greg Brkich, Administrator here from the '80s, who advised that the lagoon has never been dredged.
Q#2 How often should we dredge? Our Administrator called a few of our neighboring communities and only one has ever dredged since their lagoon was built. One very important piece of information garnered from these calls is that for some 30 years now, an actizyme has not been part of the lagoon maintenance. The actizyme helps the lagoon do what a lagoon does. It was a budgetary decision at the time but we believe it is something that needs to be revisited. Maybe by dredging and incorporating this actizyme we will have added time to budget and plan for Phase II and III of the lagoon requirements we need to meet in order that growth and/or sustainability can be in our future.
Q#3 How much money are we losing on water and sewer? At the meeting we presented the losses on water and sewer over 5 years. The questions caused us to look a little further. The administrator compiled the revenue and expenses for our water & sewer system over the last 10 years. In short, from 2006 our taxes have supplemented the water & sewer to the tune of $271,203.00. That is $271,203.00 that was NOT available for use on roads, or sidewalks for that matter. We did however, have cheap water. Unfortunately, we also have no money put aside for our water & sewer systems which are now in need of upgrading.
Q#4 Are the water and sewer rates now sufficient to sustain the systems? Simply put, NO. We will still have a deficit of approximately $30,000.00 per year. The last of the water meters will be installed this spring which we hope will make a difference. Council will look at lowering the amount of water allotted before overages are charged rather than raising rates at this time. By doing this only high water consumers will be affected.
Q#5 What road maintenance is planned? The roads are of extreme importance and routine maintenance will continue but no major projects will be undertaken. As we are in a crisis situation with the lagoon, we are required to fulfill our municipal responsibilities to the province (and ultimately you) first.
Q#6 Are there lots for sale? All empty lots available are for sale, whether they are serviced or not. Until the lagoon issue has been resolved the sale of the unserviced lots will be at the discretion of council. We hope to have this lifted this year. Q#7 What have the engineers proposed relative to the lagoon? Phase I – dredging; Phase II – combining the 2 cells; Phase III – adding another cell. There is more I know but my space is swiftly coming to an end. Any and all questions are welcome at any time.
We are here to work with you and for you.
Your Humble Servant - M.L. Whittles—Mayor
- April 22 - No School
- April 25 - Professional Development (Staff Only) - No Classes for Students.
- April 29 - World Class Tour - Scotland
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Don’t just hang a poster
Your announcements and notices can also be added to kenaston.ca so be sure to send them in. Posting on the webpage gives longer durability to your notice than Facebook since facebook posts disappear down the feed. If you have an event be sure to contact Glen or Susan to have your event posted on the Kenaston website, newsletter, and community calendar.
Our website is used by a wide sector of the community who also use kenaston.ca as their default browser page. Therefore this, the newsletter, and the Kenaston FB page are main communication tools and we invite you to take advantage of them.
Contributing to the Crossroads:As space allows and content deemed appropriate, community members are welcomed and encouraged to contribute information or suggestions for articles to the Crossroads. Send your suggestion and contributions to Glen: 252-2711. Issue are published every 2 months. (Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec)
Alternate Phone Directory:
A reminder to keep your information on the alternate phone directory listing updated. See the on-line form
Also if you have changed your email please send the update for newsletter distribution to Glen Pavelich
Kenaston Businesses: Be sure to check out the on-line Kenaston Business Directory for a complete list of Kenaston businesses. We like to keep this list updated as much as possible. Contact Glen if you would like your commercial or home business information added. Services are listed separately.
Sponsoring the Crossroads:
To co-sponsor an issue the cost is $40, sponsoring in full is $80. You can have your name placed on our rotational sequence for sponsoring. Contact Susan Anholt.
Sign up to receive the Kenaston Crossroads from the "Newsletter" page on the kenaston.ca website. Our growing list of email addresses helps us reach more of the rural and village residents who do not receive the printed copy of newsletter AND those who block fliers from their post box. We are hoping to continue with this expanded email list so the Crossroads and other important notices can be sent to more homes over the internet.
Kenaston Chamber Meetings
Kenaston Chamber meets the 4th Monday of the month, for a one hour lunch meeting, at the Kenaston Hotel. Everyone is welcome to attend, and join the Chamber. Membership is $25. a year. Lunch is pay for your own, off the menu. Come see what it's about!
Group Insurance for your Business and Farm Employees
Special Program for farmers! If you operate a farm, large or small, look into the Group Insurance plan for employee benefits. Benefit programs help to retain employees.
Go to http://www.kenaston.ca/pages/chamber.htm and click the easy icon to request a quote.
Put your Kenaston Business on the new FaceBook Page.
This FB page is a great place to let others know of your new, home or small business, and to advertise your specials or let others know of your products. Click here and do a like!!