Stettler Town Council opened the meeting with a friendly presentation from the Stettler Storm Bantam and Mosquito Teams after they both won their provincial tournaments at home recently.
Council commended the teams not only on their athleticism but also sportsmanship on the field and volunteerism throughout the weekend.
Town gas prices
Council received a letter from a concerned resident about the high gas prices within Stettler.
Sybil McGibbon noted that he actively chooses to fill up elsewhere than in town due to the high prices and drew attention to the fact that this action drives business away.
Smaller towns have had lower prices than Stettler like Hanna and Castor and the large city centers like Calgary and Red Deer.
“The logo “Shop Stettler” is a farce when the town authorities won’t even step in and bring us on a par with surrounding areas regarding gas prices,” said McGibbon in his letter.
McGibbon encouraged a boycott of local gas vendors until the prices dropped.
Mayor Sean Nolls and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Greg Switenky did some investigating into the matter and found that local gas stations often follow the ebbs and flows of market value on the commodity as well as surrounding stations to get a feel for the current price.
Distribution Fee forecast
The anticipated 2020 ATCO electric franchise fee came to council’s attention in the form of correspondence.
Each year, municipalities have the ability to review their franchise fee and change the percentage.
Administration felt this wasn’t necessary this year as council locked in a 5 year plan two years ago at 11.1 per cent of the distribution revenue.
Council was still given the option to change but no-one disagreed with administration’s decision to just provide the information.