By Cole Parkinson
A number of changes are coming to the Municipal District of Taber’s Cultivated Lease Policy.
Three changes were suggested at the last Committee of the Whole meeting and were brought forward to council for approval. During the M.D.’s regular meeting on Feb. 22, the amendments were in front of council for further discussion. Coun. Brian Hildebrand declared a conflict and left council chambers for the discussion.
“We discussed some terms around the cultivation lease that could be amended at a later council meeting and that’s what I’m bringing forward. There were three things on that. The third one, I guess I’ll start there first was that M.D. residents could only be eligible for bidding on those tenders and I did remove that based on what seems to be the council’s preference around that. We can certainly bring that in if there is some differing opinions on that,” explained Brian Peers, director of Municipal Lands and Leases. “The other two are to have an option for a lease extension, a three-year option on those leases just for the purpose of stewardship of the land and maybe bettering our bids on those lands, primarily for the stewardship I think is the main reason. The second there is a discrepancy on the terms on the lease agreement and the policy, meaning that in the policy, there isn’t consideration for the assignment for sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, or grandchildren, which is in Schedule B of the lease agreement. Either we update the lease to remove those family members or we update the policy to include them. If you want them in there or not is the question and then they can do it and amend it accordingly.”
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