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Santa Photos Now Available for Download

On Friday, November 16 the 2018 Tree Lighting event officially lit up the holiday spirit in Morden.

The event featured the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree by Mayor Brandon Burley, marshmallow roasting, FUN & FIRE show, fireworks, and complimentary Santa photos by Steve Hiebert- Personal Expressions Photography.

The event also provided a number of opportunities to donate with a Girl Guide Cookie Sale, Morden Christmas Cheer Toy Drive,  non-perishable food collection for Donate Love and an opportunity to drop off gift-filled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Photos with Santa are available for download here.

Thank you to all the event sponsors: Giant Tiger, Simmons Multimedia, The Olive Tree, Personal Expressions Photography, Morden Drug Store, Morden Fire Department, City of Morden and Santa.

UPDATE! Boil Water Advisory Fairway Drive Lifted

The advisory below is no longer in effect as of 26th November, 2018.

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Please note boil water advisory for Precautionary Maintenance.

Affected properties: Fairway Drive West of #81

The advisory is in effect until 26th November 2018 unless we post notice of an extension.

Full details of the notice are here:

Fairway Drive Boil Water Advisory Notice

For information about what a Boil Water Advisory Means, see the attached:

Boil Water Fact Sheet

Council Compensation

Elimination of Federal Tax Exemption Causes Compensation Change for Morden Council.

Starting in 2019, the full annual indemnity and any per diems Council receives will be subject to income tax (federal and provincial) and additional Canada Pension Plan (CPP) premiums. This will result in a decrease in take home pay for each member of Council by an estimated 10% to 15%.

Following the lead of cities across Canada, the City of Morden is changing the way it compensates Council to make up for the loss of a federal tax exemption starting January 1, 2019.

Please read the attached for full details of Council’s decision.

 

Morden Press Release - November 2018 Council Compensation

Citizen Reps Needed for Morden Police Board

Help to serve and protect your community. The Morden Police Board is currently seeking to fill two membership openings for citizen representatives.

The Morden Police Board, according to By-law 14-2012 states that the board will consist of at least five members:

  • 2 – Council members or employees of the City of Morden
  • 1 – At Large person appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council
  • 2 – Citizens appointed by Council

Eligibility for Membership:

  1. At least 18 years of age,
  2. A Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, and
  3. Resides in, is employed in or has a business interest in the municipality or another area in which the police service provides policing services.

How to apply:

Please provide a short letter describing your interest in serving on the police board and why you feel you would be a good representative on the board. All applications need to be originals with a signature so please do not send them by email. Submit your letter in person or by mail to the Morden Civic Centre: 100 – 195 Stephen Street, Morden, Manitoba, R6M 1V3.

Applications are due by November 12, 2018.

How often will meetings be held?

The Police Board must hold a meeting at least once every three months.  These meetings would be open to the public.

Is there any remuneration for being on the board?

The Council may provide for reasonable remuneration to members of the police board who are not members of the Council.

2018 Election Results

City of Morden’s Council for 2018-2022

Mayor: Brandon Burley

Councillors: Doug Frost, Garry Hiebert, Hank Hildebrand, Jim Hunt, Gordon Maddock, Nancy Penner

Election Results:

Candidate                        Votes

Mayor

Burley, Brandon              1334

Warkentin, Karla             1112

McClain, Ron                     267

 

Councillor

Hunt, Jim                         2115

Frost, Doug                      1892

Hiebert, Garry                 1882

Maddock, Gordon           1764

Penner, Nancy                 1669

Hildebrand, Hank           1667

Harries, Rich                   1538

Reidle, Ray                      1008

 

 

New City Manager – Correction (Original Post should have stated Council Meeting of Oct 15/18, we apologize for the miscommunication.)

City of Morden Council ratified the hiring of Faisal Anwar as put forward by the Personnel Search Committee at the Monday, 15 October 2018 Council Meeting.

Mr. Anwar is well qualified, having five years in the international business world and the last ten years in Planning and Economic Development in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and Selkirk, Manitoba.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Arts, Economics, Master of Business Administration and a Master of Applied Environmental Studies (Local Economic Development, Business Development).

” Council believes Mr. Anwar has the business acumen to implement and manage the long term economic business development plans of Council as well as the day to day operations of the City. He possesses good leadership and communication skills which will serve us well,” said Mayor Ken Wiebe

Faisal Anwar is scheduled to begin as the City Manager 10 December 2018.

New City Manager

City of Morden Council ratified the hiring of Faisal Anwar as put forward by the Personnel Search Committee at the Monday, 22 October 2018 Council Meeting.

Mr. Anwar is well qualified, having five years in the international business world and the last ten years in Planning and Economic Development in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and Selkirk, Manitoba.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Arts, Economics, Master of Business Administration and a Master of Applied Environmental Studies (Local Economic Development, Business Development).

” Council believes Mr. Anwar has the business acumen to implement and manage the long term economic business development plans of Council as well as the day to day operations of the City. He possesses good leadership and communication skills which will serve us well,” said Mayor Ken Wiebe.

Faisal Anwar is scheduled to begin as the City Manager 10 December 2018.

 

Culture Days is on THIS WEEKEND!

Morden is a proud participant in this year’s Culture Days Weekend. Culture Days is an event that millions of Canadians celebrate together during the last weekend in September with free activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations, and municipalities in communities across Canada. From Nunavut to New Brunswick, and from British Columbia to Baffin Island – and all points in between – we share all the inspiration, artistry, creativity and expression that reflects the mosaic of Canadian culture.

“We’re very excited to be involved in Culture Days and hope the event will continue to grow in the coming years as we celebrate the arts!” ~ Stephanie Dueck, City of Morden Rec Programmer.

The City of Morden and the local participating organizations would love to have the community show up to events to help celebrate this national three-day, annual celebration of the arts. There have been events in Morden in the past couple years organized by Pembina Hills Arts Council, but this year with support from Culture Days MB, the community has increased events by involving Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame, Pembina Valley Events, Bella’s Castle and the City of Morden, with continued involvement by PHAC.

Live performances, hands on workshops, science, heritage and downtown cycling are just a few of the features of Morden’s Cultural Days events. Events are scheduled from Sept 28 to Sept 30 and include a poetry slam, CFDC tours in 6 languages, Vendor & Artisan Sale + Cultural Displays, Mosaic Workshop, Bella’s Castle Tour, Cardboard Sculpture Workshop, Evening Bike Jam and Winnipeg Beer Choir at the Suncatch.

“Join us for a weekend that promises to engage and entertain! It’s a great way to celebrate Canada!” shared Clare Agnew, Community Services and Events Manager.

See the full schedule at mordenmb.com/culturedays or pick up your Culture Days guide at the Access Event Centre and PHAC.