March 20, 2015
The Town of Eston announced the acclamation of Shari Collinge as Councillor after yesterday’s 4:00 pm deadline to withdraw nominations passed. No other nominations were submitted. Collinge will fill the seat vacated recently by Crystal Adams.
“I was on council a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I think it’s important for people who care about the town to work towards keeping it viable and progressive,” commented Collinge. “I think I can bring a range of experience and ideas to council; I’ve served on practically all of the committees in town over the years!”
Collinge served on Council a few years ago but had to resign because she moved to Kindersley. However, she has lived most of her life in Eston and area, growing up in Richlea and living in both Plato and Eston over the years. Currently Shari maintains a strong connection to the Eston community with two of her children and three grandchildren living in Eston and area. She also works locally as the Office Manager at HES Manufacturing.
Councillor Bob Mullock, who served on council with Collinge previously, commented on the appointment. “Shari did a great job in the past and we are excited to have her on board again,” commented Mullock. “She knows the ropes, got along with everyone, and was conscientious, reliable and dedicated. She also has a good grasp on finances and technology, which will help to fill the gap left by Crystal.”
Collinge will be sworn in at the regular meeting of council next Wednesday, March 25.
March 23, 2015 – Town of Eston Mayor Al Heron and RM of Snipe Lake No. 259 Reeve Ted Koester met in council chambers today to sign an MOU making the joint landfill operation official. The concept has been in the works for over a year and the MOU serves to outline the terms under which the operation will be established, solidify the commitment of both groups to the project going forward, and formally establish the Eston & District Waste Management Authority.
“The Town and the RM have a long history of partnership and working together for the betterment of our region and this is just another example of how we are doing that,” commented Reeve Koester. “Waste management is a growing challenge for municipalities across the Province and both groups want to ensure they are proactive and prepared in this area.”
“The legislation for landfills is changing and the requirements are becoming much more stringent which also creates added costs,” added Mayor Al Heron. “Running landfills isn’t the same as it used to be and this partnership will ensure we have a cost effective waste management option for our citizens in years to come.”
The joint operation will help to build economies of scale, enabling the group to get the proper equipment to adequately run the landfill. The Authority will also be better equipped to meet environmental codes and ultimately be more cost effective than running separate operations. While no date for an official launch of the operation has been set, the MOU is the first step in finalizing details of the operation. Once launched, the joint landfill will exist at the site of the current Town landfill.
The MOU outlines the working terms of the Authority including highlights such as:
- The group will consist of three councillors from each municipality, the Reeve and Mayor, and the Administrators from each municipality, for a total of ten members.
- Each individual member has a vote, with the exception of the two administrators.
- The group is a committee of the respective councils and as such, all decisions must go back to each council for final approval.
- Chairing and administration of the Authority will alternate between the two parties, with the Town (Councillor Bob Mullock) taking on the role for the remainder of 2015.
The Town and RM accessed support from the Municipal Capacity Development Program (MCDP) in the formation of the MOU. http://municipalcapacity.ca/
The Town of Eston and Eston Composite School have officially proclaimed Wednesday, April 1, 2015 anti-bullying day for the community. Students and community members are encouraged to wear pink and participate in the awareness walk in support of the cause. Events for the day will include:
- 11:00 am pep rally in the school gymnasium with various dignitaries speaking
- Awareness bracelets being handed out to students
- Awareness walk around town following the pep rally (approximately 11:30 am)
“We hope to see people in the school, businesses, health care facilities – everywhere in town – participating on Wednesday,” commented Mayor Al Heron. “This is an important cause that extends beyond the school across our community and we all need to work to bring awareness and support to it.”
“We have an obligation as a community to educate our youth in the recognition and adherence to a code of conduct that encourages them to build a world based on inclusion and respect,” added school Principal John McPhee.
Anti-Bullying Day (aka Pink Shirt day) is celebrated on various dates across the world, originating in Canada. The day was created in 2007 after students in Nova Scotia wore pink shirts in support of a fellow student who had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.
In 2013 the Town of Eston was one of the first municipalities to pass an anti-bullying bylaw which won them second place in the 2013 Saskatchewan Municipal Awards. By giving a clear-cut definition and creating the bylaw, the town, the school, and the RCMP have another tool in the fight against bullying.