Coronation ambulance bay continue to be plowed

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The Town of Coronation will continue to plow the snow from the ambulance bay and fire hall free of charge, according to a decision made during the Monday, April 8 council meeting.
The issue of possibly charging the County of Paintearth for snow removal services at the fire hall and ambulance bays in Coronation was brought to council at their Monday, February 11 meeting. Currently, public works crews remove snow on an as-needed basis free of charge. The issue was tabled until council could determine what the Town of Castor’s procedures were. Upon discovering that Castor doesn’t charge the county for snow removal, Coronation council decided not to change their current procedures.
Mayor appointment
Coronation will appoint its mayor among elected councillors for the entire term of office after by-law 2013-611 passed third and final reading.
Coronation CAO Sandra Kulyk told council that, while some residents had verbally expressed concern, the town had received no written responses to a call for comment on the by-law by the April 2 deadline.
The by-law changes the current method of appointing the mayor. Previously, the mayor was chosen annually during council’s annual organizational meeting, similar to how many counties and municipal districts in Alberta appoint their reeve. By-law 611 makes the appointment of mayor valid for council’s entire four year term in office (municipal terms will be increased from three to four years after this October’s municipal election.)
By-law 2013-611 passed third reading unanimously.
Tax error
Due to what CAO Sandra Kulyk describes as an ‘operator error’, residents with taxes in arrears were erroneously charged one per cent interest on their back taxes instead of the standard 10 per cent.
The error was discovered by the auditor currently examining the municipality’s financial records.
Council was given two choices in the matter, to either charge accounts in arrears the remaining nine per cent from January 1, 2012 or from April 8, 2013.
According to Kulyk, the town would be owed $8800 if accounts were collected from the beginning of 2012 and $6000 from April 8.
Kulyk added that all tax materials published by the town states that overdue accounts would be charged 10 per cent, from the tax bills sent to ratepayers to the tax collection by-law itself — the missing nine per cent was due to a clerical error.
Council voted unanimously to charge taxpayers from January 1, 2012.
Summer labour
One of the many programs cut in the 2013 provincial budget was the Summer Temporary Employment Program, an initiative that provides government money to offer temporary summer employment to students.
The Town of Coronation typically employs two students as summer labourers, mainly to help maintain municipal parks and green spaces.
The town usually received $5300 to fund the wages of the two employees. With the loss of the funding, council was given two options: Continue to hire two summer students at a cost of $5300, or only hire one student at a cost of $1800, both funded from general operating funds.
With such a variable and what will soon be a wet spring, Mayor Dawna Elliott suggested that the town continue to hire two students in order to keep on top of the amount of mowing and trimming that will be required. She also suggested that the students could clean up lots in violation of town by-laws and use the money charged to the owners to offset the extra costs.
Council chose to continue hiring two student workers for the summer and fund their salaries from general funds.
Sewer relining
A high-priority project to re-line sewers along Norfolk Avenue last year was waylaid by unavailability of contractors. Two contractors have put their bids in to complete the project for this year, Ecoliner and IVIS. Council was presented with estimates from both companies.
While Ecoliner presented an all-inclusive quote of $123,000, IVIS’s $128,144 quote came with pricey conditions. Incidentals such as clearing blockages, extra days and pipe re-rounding could increase the price by thousands of dollars.
Council chose to accept Ecoliner’s $123,000 bid, which will include flushing, prepping and relining 485 meters of 200 millimetre sewer line with a 4.5 millimetre polyester liner.
The project will be funded by a $250,000 non-matching Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant, and will be at no cost to the taxpayers.
Fence damaged
Council has voted to reimburse the cost of a fence panel broken by town crews piling snow along a roadway.
A resident filed a complaint with the town after a snow plow pushed a large amount of snow against their fence, damaging wooden fence panels and a decorative latticework.
A quote was received from a hardware store in Camrose for $718 to deliver the fence panel to Coronation. The fence is made up of sections of prefabricated fence panels, manufactured as self-contained six foot cedar panels. The $718 includes the $131 cost for the fence panel and $553 in shipping.
Council voted to pay for the cost of the panel and for town crews to replace it. The town, instead of paying for shipping, will send a crew in their own truck to transport the panel.

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