Castor Museum granted $20,000 for elevator project

It takes time, money and volunteers to keep a 110 year-old wooden grain elevator standing upright. The Rural Communities Foundation gave Castor and District Museum Society $27,250 to help maintain the local elevator in 2021. The group plans to use the money to replace the sliding driveway doors, boards and casing on the elevator's exterior and prime and repaint the agent's office. From the left, George Nichlos, Tyrrill Hewitt, Walter Pickles and John Wright of the Castor and District Museum Society stand in front of the legendary elevator. ECA Review/Submitted
Written by Terri Huxley

County of Paintearth council heard from Michael Bain, president of the Castor Museum, at their latest meeting held Wed. Jan. 5.

Bain shared some of the factors that were discussed included the Museum’s history of self-sufficiency, and not habitually coming to ask for money due to prudent fiscal management.

After a discussion, council voted to offer the grant, as requested, for the full $20,000.

The Historic Resource designation of the elevator, and the responsibilities that come along with maintaining that sort of landmark

The project is nearly complete, and it benefits the museum’s application to the province for funding to have county support for the project’s final phase.

Damaged windshield repair

Council has determined they wish to continue to not have a policy in place when vehicles are damaged by rock chips as they prefer to address each situation individually for a decision.

One of these situations was brought to council’s attention at the latest meeting where it was recommended by staff that the vehicle owner be reimbursed $278.15 for their windshield replacement.

“On the afternoon of Oct. 29, one of our county gravel trucks met a vehicle traveling east on Hwy. 9 approximately around 9:15 a.m. 

When the vehicle was following our truck, a rock hit the front window damaging it. 

GPS and our driver confirm the timelines are accurate,” stated Public Works Director Bryce Cooke’s report.

The owner of the vehicle followed the county truck to find out the identity of the truck’s owner then called the county office immediately after the incident and sent me pictures followed by the cost of the repair.

Council agreed to cover the cost of this incident.

Grants policy revision

Council previously passed a resolution at their Dec. 14 meeting requesting administration update the Grants to Local Organizations Policy AD 009 for the 2022 year.

Administration brought forward changes to the policy as requested, with amounts changed for each organization the county supports annually.

There was also an addition of four area rodeo/bullarama events.

With revisions, the new amount for grant funding is a total of $33,050 which is an increase of $11,755.60 with the new inclusion of rodeo events.

Council passed a motion to accept the revised policy with the inclusions.

They also asked this policy be brought back to the next meeting with direction to adjust the amounts to cover costs ‘in today’s world’ meaning inflation which will then be accepted again.

Budget for mower

As discussed at the last Ag Service Board meeting on Dec. 22, Environmental Services Director Jeff Cosens shared that $40,000 had been budgeted in this year’s capital budget for a new mower.

Since then, quotes have come in where the county will need to front an additional $5,000 to be in line.

Cosens has looked at other leads but found they will need to up the payment.

“I have been told that if we wait until the new year to order one, the county can expect to pay more and must wait until July to receive instead of June. 

“For that reason, I would like to order the mower from DionCo Sales as soon as possible,” stated Cosen’s request to council.

The quote from DionCo Sales came to $44,995.95 plus tax.

Council agreed to purchase the mower for this amount.


Terri Huxley

ECA Review

About the author

Terri Huxley

Terri grew up on a grain farm near Drumheller, Alberta with an eye for the beautiful and uncharted. Living in such a unique and diverse area has helped her become the photographer and reporter she is today.

Coming from the East Central region getting this newspaper on her dinner table growing up, it helped her understand the community she now serves.

In May 2019, Terri was awarded Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA) Canada's Energy Citizens Photographic Awards Sports Action – First Place as well as first for the same sports action image nationally with the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA). Fast forward to 2020, she has won second in the same category for the AWNA.