County to demolish old Public Works shop

County council discussed the demolition of the old Public Works shop at their regular Oct. 11 meeting and the ability to sell the property if the demolition were completed.
Quotes for demolition were received from 12 companies ranging from the highest bid of Dobrich Construction Ltd. from Red Deer, AB at $175,274 to the lowest bid from Visco Demolition Contractors Ltd. from Edmonton, Ab. at $48,500.
Two local bids were received from S&R Larose Trucking from Stettler at $79,500 and Wally’s Backhoe Services Ltd.
Rick Green, Director of Engineering and Public Works answered questions regarding the proposals received.
According to Green, price was not the only deciding factor in his recommendation.
Visco Demolition Contractors met all the specifications spelled out in the advertised request for proposal.
Council debated awarding the project to the lowest bidder versus a local contractor.
After further review of the proposals and references, council voted five to two in favour of awarding the demolition of the old Public Works shop to Visco.
This project will be funded through the existing operating budget or reserves.

Curling championships
Council welcomed Steve Gerlitz, President of the Stettler Curling Club and Provincial Committee Chairman and Joe Scheible, also on the Club’s executive and Sponsorship Chairman for the Provincial Committee.
Steve Gerlitz, president of the Stettler Curling Club and Provincial Committee Chairman informed council that the Stettler Curling Club will be hosting the 2018 Provincial Masters Curling Championships from February 2018..
The Championship will consist of eight senior ladies’ and eight senior men’s teams
Gerlitz also advised that the Stettler Curling Club will be hosting the 2019 Jiffy Lube Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts Provincial Curling Championships in January 2019 with 12 of the best ladies’ teams in Alberta and the World.
“This is much bigger than just the Stetter Curling Club. If it was just the Stettler Curling Club we couldn’t do this,” stated Gerlitz during his presentation.
“This is a big event that the entire community needs to get behind.”
With a total budget for both championship events sitting at $125,000, the Club is looking for sponsorship, partnership and volunteer support to make these events successful.
Council took the information under consideration.

Regional Library budget
Council approved the 2018 Parkland Regional Library budget.
According to Councillor Les Stulberg the budget is fiscally responsible, representing a 1 per cent requisition increase or just over $400 more for 2018.

Cemetery leases
The Erskine and Byemoor Cemetery clubs each require proof that they will be operationally responsible for the land with which they are raising funds for in order to be eligible to work and raise funds through the Alberta Lottery Board.
The County owns the land on which these cemeteries are built, therefore, the clubs require lease agreements to prove that they are responsible for the operations of those lands.
Council authorized administration to enter into lease agreements with both cemetery clubs.

Linda Stillinger,
ECA Review Reporter

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