Jimm Simon, with Community Living Interlake, shows council an old picture of the town (prior to 1910) and indicates the future site of the town office, during the Town of Stonewall’s regular council meeting March 7. (Juliet Kadzviti/Interlake Publishing/Postmedia Network)
The Town of Stonewall held its regular meeting of council at the town office March 7.
Jimm Simon, Community Living Interlake executive director, met with council to discuss the organization’s progress, benefit to the community and request of $10,000 in funding from the town’s upcoming municipal budget.
Simon had previously written a letter to council explaining the organization’s budgetary request and came to council to further explain this information.
“Community Living Interlake, while being a large and active contributor to the local community is after all, still a charity. We rely on support from governments, on grants I write and on the generous donations of many individuals. We are an important service to the community,” he said.
Simon said the organization has more than 50 clients and 90 staff members and was founded in 1965.
“Over the course of nearly 53 years, our organizations has grown and changed to meet the needs of our clients and the changing expectations of society,” he said.
He explained the organization currently focuses on adults who have intellectual disabilities and a few with physical challenges. “Today our mandate focuses on providing education to individuals so they can develop important life skills and marketable job skills,” Simon said. He added, clients help contribute to Stonewall’s local economy.
Simon noted the organization runs an annual budget of about $4 million, of that, $2.6 million is for staffing. He added the organization is a large employer in the area, and pays $14,000 in municipal taxes, among other expenses.
Simon explained how renovations costing about $700,000 to the organization’s building on Main Street in the last few years, used local contractors, plumbers and electricians.
• Council discussed a proposed Cannabis Zoning Bylaw Amendment that would designate where potential marijuana shops could be located within city limits, if approved. Concerns for councillors included how far proposed shops could be from schools, with the preliminary figure being about 300 m. Upon discussion, council opted to concretely define preferred distances. The proposed bylaw amendment will be presented to council for first reading at their next meeting, with a public hearing regarding this amendment on the horizon, too.
• The town’s heritage committee presented an update on some of its ongoing projects that include an idea to help get the Kilns designated as a heritage site, so more funding opportunities can be found to rehabilitate the landmark. As well, the heritage committee is looking to get funding, for, among other things, cemetery mapping.
• Council accepted the new Stonewall-Rockwood Fire Agreement.
• The Town will adopt its 2018 Strategic Plan after council approved it during the meeting.