Stettler Town Council
For 40 years, Stettler Adult Learning Council has been a part of the community offering learning opportunities at all skill levels.
Brenda Barritt, executive officer for the organization, quizzed councillors about their knowledge of the Learning Council at the Dec. 1 town council meeting.
Funded through Alberta Advanced Education, the Council offers everything from the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and literacy up to post-secondary courses, either in Stettler, surrounding communities or online.
A staff of five and a strong contingent of community volunteers keep the council running.
Barritt paid special attention to a new training grant called the Canada-Alberta Job Grant available to employers for training new or current employees. The grant pays up to two-thirds the cost of training to a maximum of $10,000 per person. As Barritt pointed out, the slow economy is a good time to invest in training personnel.
Council adopted an interim operating budget for 2016 which forecasts a two per cent tax increase.
Budget estimates stand at $17,475,500 revenue and $16,184,230 expenditures.
Utility rates will increase slightly. The per cubic metre rate for water increases by $.01 to $2.73 per cubic metre from $2.72 but the flat water fee remains the same at $10 per month. Sewer rates rise $.50 per month to $21.50 from $21. While residential recycling fees remain the same at $6 per month, garbage pick up shows the highest increase of $1.50 per month to $22.50 from $21.
After approaching the Town of Stettler earlier this year regarding a cat spay/neuter program, Joan Kerbes and Juergen Ross made a follow up visit to council.
The team has revisited several villages in Stettler County. They are still waiting to hear when the town will meet with the county to discuss the issue.
Kerbes would like to see dog and cat license fees the town collects redirected into funding the spay/neuter program.
According to CAO Greg Switenky, the fees pet owners pay cannot cover the entire cost of bylaw enforcement. The remainder comes from property taxes.
Coun. Darcy Bachman summarized the discussion by assuring Kerbes and Ross that the town is committed to meeting with the county to discuss the issue.