Town council will be updating cemetery bylaw

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During the Town of Peace River regular council meeting that took place on Feb. 8 included discussions about the approval of Bylaw No. 2082, which is a bylaw for the maintenance, management, control, and operation of the Town of Peace River’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery. This information was presented as a request for decision to council.

Jim McCuiag, Director of Engineering and Infrastructure presented to Mayor Tom Tarpey and Council this request for decision regarding Bylaw No. 2082. This bylaw discusses the maintenance and operations of Mount Pleasant Cemetery and at the time of the meeting had 3 bylaws associated with it and Bylaw No. 2082 would replace these 3 bylaws. These bylaws are older and outdated. The document provided to council stated that one of these bylaws was undated, the second dated for 1991, and the third was 2015.

Bylaw No. 2082 will provide administration and staff with a clearer direction regarding the maintenance and operations that revolve around the cemetery.  Council was provided with two options. The first one being that Council gives first, second, and third reading to adopt Bylaw No. 2082. The second option was that Council declines to provide first reading to Bylaw No. 2082.

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McCuiag explained to Council members that Bylaw No. 2082 incorporates comments made previously as well as the inclusion of Mausoleums. He also added that the suggestion was for Council to accept this bylaw to go to first reading.

“I would like for administration to consider first reading of Bylaw No. 2082,” said McCuaig.

Mayor Tom Tarpey asked if it was only first reading that they would like during the meeting and McCuaig clarified that it would ideally be first, second, and third reading if it was possible.

It was suggested that they move to do first reading that evening and then take the weeks leading up to the next council meeting to clarify significant details outlined in the bylaw.

McCuaig furthered explained what was trying to be achieved with this bylaw.

“We’re trying to align and standardize the way cemeteries are administered, not only withing the province but across Canada,” McCuaig said. “So, and that’s something that we’ve tried to achieve with this bylaw is to update it with current standards and guidelines of how cemeteries been run across the province and across Canada as well.”

McCuaig added that he will clarify language used in the bylaw to be clearer for the next reading at the next council meeting. It was moved all in favor to do first reading of the bylaw, and to have language clarified for the next council meeting.

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