Nicole Lindmark, representing the Coronation Community Projects Committee, presented the idea of a Splash Park being constructed in Coronation at the Mon. Dec. 11 town council meeting.
Her main goal was to see if council was interested in the idea, if they would consider their project when working on their new budget for the upcoming year, and if they would think of some suitable locations that the Splash Park could be built.
“One more addition to our facilities, it’s all about growth,” Lindmark commented on why the idea for the park came about.
The committee has already raised $10,000 from the Community Christmas Party that was held on Dec. 2 at the hall and the Agricultural Society has indicated they will apply for a grant for the project.
Corporate sponsorships are being considered as well.
The project is in the preliminary stages, however the committee is thinking about bringing an engineer out to Coronation to assess suitable locations, so they would like council to brainstorm some ideas in the next couple of months.
Council will give some more thought on the project and consider water sources, cost of the project, maintaining the project in years to come and safety of the citizens before they suggest locations.
Gord Latham from ATCO Electric gave a presentation on some investment and upgrading options on Light Emitting Diode (LED) street lights to be used in Coronation.
The goal is to replace all existing streetlights with LED lights as ATCO no longer buys the High Pressure Sodium Lights (HPS) and when their existing supplies run out all lights will be LED.
Currently Coronation has one LED streetlight across the street from the town office. Castor has LED streetlights on main street and Oyen and Delburne have fully converted.
There are many benefits to LED lights and some of these include reduced energy consumption, corrosion resistant, non-toxic, 100 per cent recyclable, reduced glare which improves safety for drivers, design flexibility and they recover faster after a power failure.
They have a 20-year life span and a 10-year warranty and ATCO has many different modern designs to offer.
One disadvantage is the light does not cover as broad an area as the HPS lights.
ATCO has also been testing some off-grid solar options for a few communities.
“We could be your pilot project,” suggested Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Sandra Kulyk when mentioning that so many of the lights in the campground are not working and rather than investing in to fixing the lights that aren’t working maybe the campground could have solar power.
Latham will make a note of that and look into it further and council can continue to discuss the matter at their future meetings.
There are 164 lights in Coronation and council has a lot of financial information to review and digest before they decide on whether to replace all the lights at once or fix them as needed.
Community funding requests
The funding requests for community organizations were analyzed and the only significant change for this year is that council is going to give an extra $5,000 to the Coronation and District Handibus Society as they need to replace the 2002 Chevy Wheelchair adapted handivan.
“It’s a pretty important service” stated Coun. Vicky Horkoff when she made the motion for more funds for the handibus.