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Council rejects seasonal half days off for staff

  It might be nearing Christmas but Hay River town council is not in the giving mood when it comes to a little extra time off for municipal employees. On Dec. 7, councillors rejected a recommendation from administration that employees get a half day off on Christmas Eve and another half day off on New […]

Land sale deal reached for pellet mill

The final details have been agreed upon so proponents of a wood pellet mill can buy land in Enterprise. All that remains is for Aurora Wood Pellets Ltd. and the Hamlet of Enterprise to sign the deal for 3.2 square kilometres on the north side of the community. Brad Mapes, a Hay River businessman and […]

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Big decisions ahead for new council

The incoming town council will largely be made up of the same faces, with Brad Mapes moving from councillor’s chair to the mayor’s chair and the addition of Steve Anderson, who was acclaimed along with his councillor colleagues. It’s a council already well-versed in the issues it will have to confront in the coming months: […]

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Union rejects town’s offer

Despite some temporary movement on the town’s side last week municipal workers are headed for their fourth week of strike action. “It’s so excellent, the mayor made an assumption that we are divided,” said Jack Bourassa, regional executive vice-president for the Public Service Alliance of Canada last Thursday. “From everything, I’ve seen here, that’s not […]

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New scheme proposed to pay for dump

Town council has before it a new proposal that would see the funding model for the landfill changed, with residents charged not through taxes but through a separate bill. “We’re looking at implementing a new structure,” Mayor Andrew Cassidy explained. “The proposal is to make it more of a utility and not a town service, […]

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Town and territory butt heads

Despite a fair amount of hammering questions, few answers were available at last week’s constituency meeting hosted by Hay River MLAs Jane Groenewegen and Robert Bouchard. “We know when you know,” Groenewegen told about 25 people who turned out for the discussion including most of town council. “We sit on these committees, but the level […]

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New library bylaw under review

Pat Wray, chairperson of the library ccommittee and long-time supporter of the institution, would like to see a proposed new bylaw governing the municipality’s relationship with the library be passed sooner rather than later. “To this point, we’ve had no official authority,” she told The Hub last week. “This bylaw will give that to us. […]

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Council passes frugal budget

Hay River’s town council voted to hold tight to its purse strings for another year as it passed the municipality’s operating and maintenance budget for 2014 on Dec. 23. However, the details of the most salient fiscal change have yet to be hammered out. Opposed only by Coun. Brad Mapes, the budget includes a two-per-cent […]

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Council’s funding decision on trails sparks opposition

  Some Hay River residents took to social media to air their concerns last week over a decision by town council on Aug. 26 to not allocate an extra $107,000 for walking trail improvements. “The money they have agreed to spend will probably all get eaten up by two connections between trails,” said walking trail […]

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Municipality looking at alternate forms of fuel

  The Town of Hay River is looking into expanding its energy efficiency. According to Mayor Andrew Cassidy, the town is currently doing its own independent energy audits and taking measures to use more efficient energy. But recently, town council learned they could potentially do a whole lot more. Louis Azzolini, the executive director of […]

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