By Greg Nikkel
Weyburn city council dealt with requests from a couple of different companies as they seek to grow or to expand their operations in the city, with rezoning requests made in relation to a couple of properties.
Minard’s Leisure World made two different requests as they seek to expand their size on the South Hill along Eighth Avenue South beside their main location on Government Road South.
The first request was to close an undeveloped lane and street on Eighth Avenue. These lanes and road are not used by the public, and is part of a plan by Minard’s to purchase the land.
A first reading of the bylaw to allow for the purchase and closure of the road and lanes was made, to allow for public response to the city about the plans before the bylaw is passed later in September.
The second request was for a zoning bylaw amendment as Minard’s wishes to purchase the land as a block, from Seventh to Eighth Avenues west of Government Road, once the road and lanes are closed as noted in the first request. The first reading was given for the zoning bylaw amendment, and after public notice is given, a hearing will be held in council on Tuesday, Oct. 9, to hear any concerns the public might have.
• A request was also made by Justin Iversen of DSI Contracting to rezone a portion of land at 1530 First Avenue NW, part of land which is being subdivided. The request is to rezone it from Highway Commercial to Medium Industrial, as the applicant is in the process of completing a subdivision to create a new one-acre lot.
DSI Contracting is in the process of developing a new contractor shop and yard for a new lease holder. The site is located in the Riverside Park subdivision, which includes a number of land uses including light industrial and highway commercial.
Council gave first reading to this zoning bylaw amendment, and a public hearing will be held at the council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9 before second and third readings are given for the bylaw.
• In other council business, price quotes were obtained to replace the submersible pump for the lagoon transfer pump station. Two prices were received, and council approved the bid from TDH Fluid Systems for a Sulzer pump, at a price of $24,690 plus taxes.
• Council declined an application for a home-based occupation for automobile cleaning and detailing, as the person applying does not own the building in question, and does not live there.
Jamie Wiseman, who was at the council meeting, noted that the garage he was proposing to use is owned by his brother. Even though councillors asked if an exemption could possibly be made in this case, administration said the zoning bylaw does not allow for any exemptions or exceptions.
• Council approved a home-based occupation for Sandy Johnson, in spite of three letters of opposition from neighbours, who cited concerns such as noise and traffic in the quiet neighbourhood. She is proposing to have an auto cleaning and detailing business at her home on the corner of Douglas Road and Birch Drive. Councillors noted other similar businesses are operating without any objections or concerns from neighbours.