Offering lots for sale in two hamlets seems to have worked out very well for the County of Stettler, as they accepted offers for a combined 11 lots in Byemoor and Endiang.
The tenders were accepted during the regular meeting of council Nov. 10, held a day early because of Remembrance Day.
Councillors read a report from tax and assessment clerk Sharon Larsen noting that the council’s recent decision to entertain offers from the public on lots in the hamlets of Byemoor and Endiang was accepted quite warmly in the community and staff gave councillors a list of offers they were recommending council approve.
“We received the tenders listed below regarding the lots that were advertised for two weeks in the Hamlet of Byemoor and Hamlet of Endiang,” stated Larsen’s report to council.
“Garrett Brindle offered the amount of $1,000 plus tax for plan 4684CL block 1 lot 12 in the Hamlet of Byemoor.
“Garrett Brindle offered $1,000 plus tax for plan 4684CL block 1 lot 13 in the Hamlet of Byemoor.
“Sharlene Grover offered $600 plus tax for plan 4684CL block 2 lots 1 and 2 in the Hamlet of Byemoor.
“Lloyd and Jaryl Walker offered the amount of $2,750 plus tax for plan 4684CL block 4 lot 20 in the Hamlet of Byemoor.
“Carol LeBrun offered the amount of $517 plus tax for plan 4684CL block 4 lot 21 in the Hamlet of Byemoor.
“Jenelle Hassett offered $800 plus tax for plan 4374DN block 1 lots 10 and 11 in the Hamlet of Endiang.
“Cheri and William Rathwell offered $400 plus tax for plan 4374DN block 2 lots 4 and 5 and plan 4374DN block 2 lot 6 in the Hamlet of Endiang.”
Larsen noted buyers are responsible for all land titles transfer costs.
A few of the lots even saw multiple bids, noted Larsen.
However, a number of lots, all in the 4374DN area, saw no interest and remain unsold.
Coun. Dave Grover stated he was excusing himself from this issue’s vote as he had a relative involved in purchasing a lot.
It was noted later though that Grover didn’t need to excuse himself as the relative was not a direct family member.
County Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Yvette Cassidy stated it was pleasing to see so much interest, especially as there were bids on every lot in Byemoor.
Coun. Wayne Nixon asked if commercial lots would have to be re-zoned for specific uses, but Larsen noted each zoning also has discretionary uses that streamline the process.
Coun. Les Stulberg stated there’s been quite a bit of interest in the two hamlets this year, and stated roughly 16 lots have sold or may be sold.
Councillors unanimously accepted the bids as presented to them.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter