Coronation Council approves property acquisition of unpaid tax rolls

Written by Cheryl Bowman

Coronation town council approved the acquisition of properties in town with unpaid tax rolls during the meeting on Feb. 27.

This decision came based on a letter from the auditors which was received regarding properties with unpaid accounts.

The longer the accounts accumulate and grow there is more of a cost, stated Town Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Quinton Flint.
“If we do not have ownership there is nothing that can be done.”

A motion was made to acquire all the properties in a 3 to 2 vote. Coun. Matthew Peacock and Deputy Mayor Ron Checkel were opposed.

Kids can play
A proposal was presented by Coun. Peacock regarding the Coronation Elks Kids Can Play program.

“The Coronation Elks 360 Kids Can Play program has made a significant impact on the lives of our children, promoting physical activity, fostering social connections and encouraging personal growth and development,” said the councillor.

The request to council was a grant of $500 annually to cover equipment, facilities and staffing costs.

A motion was made to grant the annual donation of $500 which was carried unanimously.

Borrowing bylaw
Council gave first reading to the borrowing bylaw which would allow the town to put up to $950,000 on a line of credit. It will be advertised for public input.

Electric vehicle charging
Council approved unanimously to apply for a grant in order to put six level 2 charging stations in the community. They are considering two at the community hall and four near the hockey arena.

Council heard that having the charging stations could increase tourism and business within the community.

Ski Club donation
The Valley Ski Club requested a donation from council to go towards activities they are doing to celebrate the 75th anniversary of their recreational organization.

Council made a motion to donate a prize including four golf passes, a two-night stay at the campground and $250 in Coronation Cash.

The motion was carried unanimously.

Chow Now trailer
Council approved the purchase of the Chow Now trailer for $38,000.

During discussion about the purchase of the portable kitchen trailer, some council members wondered whether it would be used.

“I like the idea, I just want to make sure it is being utilized,” said Coun. Mark Stannard.

In response, CAO Flint suggested that there has been some interest in the use of the trailer already.

The motion to approve the purchase was carried unanimously.

Sarah Baker
ECA Review

About the author

Cheryl Bowman

Cheryl spent most of her childhood in Stettler, growing up on a quarter section north of town. After graduating from Stettler Composite High School she moved to Calgary where she worked in various industries, attended The University of Calgary and raised a family.

She enjoyed volunteering and contributed in a variety of ways, such as writing articles for the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and covering charitable events as a photographer.

She moved back to Stettler in 2023 where she still has family.