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Sport and Leisure Expo Update

Another successful Sport and Leisure Expo has come and gone. The event on Wednesday September 4 had 30 organizations present to share information about programs, volunteer opportunities and services. Organizations were given the opportunity to make a donation toward helping give all kids a chance to be involved in recreation. A donation of $365 was collected and will go toward Canadian Tire Jumpstart, KidSport and Chance 2 Grow. Information on all of these programs can be found at mordenmb.com/recreation-funding. If you have extra funds at this time of year, consider making a donation to help kids in sport and recreation. It helps all kids access excellent programming. Donation information can be found online.

If you missed the Sport and Leisure expo there are still opportunities to register as long as spaces allow. See a full list of local sport and recreation opportunities and mordenmb.com/sports-groups.

See a program guide for City of Morden programs including fitness programs, first aid courses, adult drop-in sports, youth basketball, youth badminton, kids world dance, youth kickboxing, rec hockey, and more at mordenmb.com/programs. Or pick up a guide at the Access Event Centre, Civic Centre, Thornview Grocery, or Agassiz Medical Clinic.

Stephanie Dueck, Rec Programmer for City of Morden noted that, “being involved in programs and activities helps people of all ages to get active, boost self-esteem, improve well-being, and connect in the community. We are fortunate to have so many great opportunities in our area.”

See the full release here (PDF)

Morden Police Board Meeting

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The next Morden Police Board Meeting will be held on September 24th, 2019, at 3:00 pm in the Morden Civic Centre Meeting Room – 195 Stephen Street.

All those wishing to be on the agenda to speak must register at the beginning of the meeting.

Morenet Update

The City of Morden is preparing to make a significant announcement regarding Morenet and what our citizens can expect going forward. Since learning about the costs related to the project and what it would take to deliver comprehensive Morenet coverage, city staff and Council have been working diligently to try to find solutions and determine the best way forward.

While an announcement is still a few weeks away from being ready to be made public, city staff and Council have seen a sharp uptick in concerns from citizens regarding the lack of news being shared officially regarding the Morenet project. With that in mind, we would like to assure our citizens that a project the size and scale of Morenet with complex multi-faceted components, as with any of the other large-scale projects that the city is currently involved with, is done with significant work behind the scenes before an announcement can be made. We thank the citizens of Morden for their patience in this regard and want everyone to know that we have been listening to your concerns and suggestions.

We as a city are actively working on improving our communication channels between city staff and the citizens of Morden and will share any updates regarding Morenet through our city-owned communication channels like our website and social media, as well as through our local media partners who we are in close communication with. As soon as we are able, we will use all the communication tools available to us to share this news with our community.

Thank you to the citizens of Morden for making your voice heard and for your patience during this process.

See the full media release here (PDF)

PUBLIC NOTICE: DED BASAL SPRAYING

The City of Morden would like to inform its residents of plans to basal spray American elm trees within the City for control of elm bark beetles. This treatment helps prevent the overwintering of elm bark beetles, which may be carrying Dutch elm disease fungal spores. The basal spraying program is part of the City’s Dutch Elm Disease Management Program and is identified as a DED preventative maintenance control measure in the Community Forest Agreement with the Province of Manitoba. Effective control is achieved through treatment of all Elm trees in the community, approximately 2,800 trees will be treated on public and private property. Once treatment has occurred the contractor will place a green drop flag in the ground on the property. Immediately following treatment, residents are encouraged to avoid direct contact with treated trees.

Basal Spraying will begin August 26th, 2019.

Green Drop is contracted to conduct the spraying, Green Drop staff, trucks and equipment will be easily identified while spraying is taking place.

See the full release here (PDF)

CLARIFICATION REGARDING THE MAYOR’S BUDGET

Recently there has been some confusion regarding the mayor’s budget and concerns that he is already over budget for the year. In seeking to provide clarity Patrick Dueck, Deputy City Manager – Corporate, explained that “Council recognized that the mayor was facing a busy year, and putting in considerable time following leads that could benefit our community. For this reason, Council approved increased spending in order for the mayor to attend these events.”

The confusion comes from speculation that expenses have already exceeded the budget approved by council for this purpose. Morden City Council approved $20,000 as the mayor’s increased budget looking to use these funds for promotion of the city as well as to help drive economic growth and development in Morden. However, due to the timing of this approval it did not end up as a dedicated line item in the approved city budget. Instead, “this increased spending will be reallocated from other under-utilized sources within the budget, as budget numbers were already finalized. This causes the affected accounts to appear over budget, but with the knowledge that other offsetting accounts will also be under-utilized compared to budget. While each line item has a budgeted amount, these are only our best estimates, and we always consider the budget as a whole.”

Making clear that currently we are within budget as a city and that we are seeking to end the year with a balanced budget, Mayor Brandon Burley said that “I hope any confusion surrounding this will only serve to highlight that this council and the City of Morden staff are always seeking to be good stewards of the funds we have available and want to provide the best service possible to the citizens of our great City. Events like the Corn and Apple festival this past weekend highlight what this city is capable of and we will continue to search for more opportunities that help Morden grow.”

World Dance Comes to Morden!

The City of Morden is planning to offer Kids World Dance classes on a regular basis starting this fall. In order to move forward with this, an instructor certification session has been planned with Difinity Dance who has put together the program. The instructor training session will at the same time offer FREE Trial Classes for each age group (3-5, 5-8, 8-12). The training session and free classes are offered with support from Southern Health’s Healthy Living Together grant.  Details and registration for instructors and students are at www.mordenmb.com/kwd.

Stephanie Dueck Rec Programmer for City of Morden commented on the project, “We continue to expand culture focused recreation programming often in partnership with Regional Connections including World Cooking Classes and Around the World Summer Camp. Adding a World Dance program for kids is very fitting to add to our list of offerings for fall and we hope the community will support the programming so it can take off!”

Difinity Dance has spent 11 years designing dance fitness programs to match the diverse needs of every rural community in Manitoba. Stephanie Strugar, founder of Difinity Dance is originally from rural MB, she lived in various communities across the province. As a child she had limited access to performance arts training, so DDSP was established with the mission to provide high quality inclusive dance fitness education to children, youth, families, and individuals across MB. Through collaboration with community organizations, private sponsorship, and grant funding DDSP facilitates these services for affordable rates by removing accessibility barriers to Manitoban families.

DDSP believes every community in Manitoba deserves sustainable, high-quality, innovative, and affordable dance education. Educators can now access dance fitness education through DDSP’s Educator Certification programs. Now emerging and established dance fitness educators in rural areas can access modern dance and physical literacy through DDSP’s Educator Certification mobile Training Workshops and Apprenticeship program. Certified Educators can provide DDSP’s trademarked licensed programs to daycares, schools, community and recreation organizations year-round ensuring all Manitobans have access to high-quality dance fitness education.

Difinity Dance will be providing a Dance Educator Certification training opportunity for their trademarked Dance Fitness program World Dance on September.7th.2019 from 1pm to 6pm at Prairie Dale School in Schanzenfeld, MB. This opportunity is open to all emerging and established dance and fitness educators located in Morden, and neighboring communities who desire to provide cross-cultural dance fitness education to children ages 3 to 12 years of age. Parents can sign kids up for the free trial class, and dance instructors can register for certification at www.mordenmb.com/kwd (deadline is August 30 for instructors).

PUBLIC NOTICE: MOUNTAIN STREET AND PARKHILL DRIVE REPAIRS

The City of Morden will be reconstructing concrete swales and sidewalk ramps, as well as installing a new storm sewer on the west and east sides of the Mountain Street / Parkhill Drive intersection. The project will improve the drainage and safety of the intersection.

The City’s noise by-law limits construction work hours to between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sundays; we do not expect to be working outside of these hours.

Please stay a safe distance from the working area, and be vigilant for moving vehicles and equipment. To report any unsafe activity at the site, please contact the Project Manager.

The construction schedule will be starting August 6, 2019, and tentatively completed by the end of August 20, 2019.

Access through Parkhill Drive East will be closed to complete the work in a safe and timely manner. Please use Gilmour Street access until all the barricades are removed. One lane will be open at all times to access Parkhill Drive West. Please watch for construction crews and moving equipment when going through the intersection.

Contractor Project Manager
Schulz Concrete
Ed Schulz
204-823-0892
Tatiana Sinchenko
Engineering Assistant
204-822-4434