Motor control

Village of Morrin will sell the ‘old’ pump motor and control panel

The Village of Morrin will sell a surplus emergency pump motor and electrical control panel that is no longer needed and which cost the municipality over $100,000.

The decision was made at the regular council meeting on January 12.

Councilors heard the regular report from Public Works Foreman Dave Benci, who said the installation of the new emergency water pump at the pumphouse is the major project underway at the moment.

Benci said that when the contractor started work, new equipment was installed and old equipment was removed. The foreman said a new electrical control panel was installed with new lights. Benci added that a new concrete slab will also be needed.

During his report, he noted that some old items removed from the pumping station will need to be disposed of, including an electric motor that was just installed last year.

It has been reported that the contractor carrying out the work has volunteered to try to find a buyer for this engine. Benci said the electrical panel associated with this engine also needs to be disposed of with scrap metal which is also surplus.

Benci said the project cost for this surplus motor was around $100,000.

He noted during his report that the motor only has about 10 hours of use and the control panel has about 70 hours.

During the discussion, the advisors asked if the equipment could be used with the new pump, and Benci replied that to his knowledge it was not compatible with the new equipment.

Advisors also wondered if the company that provided the equipment would buy it back, but Benci didn’t seem optimistic about that.

It was also mentioned that it would probably be best to sell the two items together.

Councilors eventually passed a motion allowing Benci to dispose of the scrap metal and research how the village could sell the old electric motor and control panel.

Come visit Minburn

Councilors discussed a letter from Minburn County encouraging people to consider the town as their new residential or business home. Minburn is located approximately 140 km east of Edmonton.

Mayor Chris Hall said the letter appeared to be part of a campaign Minburn was waging to attract new residents and businesses using social media and tax benefits.

Com. Lorraine MacArthur asked her peers what existing businesses in Morrin would think of this council giving tax benefits to new businesses.

Village Administrative Director (CAO) Annette Plachner said it may not be a good idea to give tax breaks to the “new” rather than those who support the village.

Mayor Hall responded that he was thinking more about attracting big business or employers unlike anything that currently exists in Morrin.

Either way, Hall said Minburn’s campaign was food for thought and perhaps something for Morrin to consider.

As advisers discussed the idea, it was noted that any tax relief would apply for one or possibly two years at most.

Hall used as an example the hamlet of Swalwell in Kneehill County, which according to the 2011 census had a population of 101 and which also attracted a candy manufacturer.

After this suggestion, councilors began discussing where a new business could locate in the village, and the status of previously contaminated sites was also raised.

Benci said he would review the various sites mentioned and report back to councilors at an upcoming meeting.

Property tax sale

Plachner also briefly mentioned a property tax sale to be undertaken by the village. It was noted that a special meeting could be held for this project but that this matter will be discussed again by the council in March.

Financial report

Chief Executive Plachner submitted her regular financial report to councilors and said everything appears to be on budget at the end of the year.

However, she pointed out that there are still outstanding bills from 2021 to come and these will affect the financial report.

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