Health Centre parking violators beware

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Employees and visitors to the Stettler Health Care Complex will likely find an unpleasant surprise under their windshield wiper if people continue to ignore parking restrictions.
In a three to one decision, Stettler Town councillors at their regular meeting on July 16, 2013 approved a motion to appoint Alberta Health Services Community Peace Officers to enforce parking on AHS properties by way of issuing warnings and tickets under the Town’s Traffic by-law 1941-06.
Councillor Al Campbell voted against the motion  because he was concerned about passing by-law enforcement to a third party. Rob Stoutenberg, CAO told council the agreement includes a 90-day opt-out clause if the Town is not comfortable with how AHS Peace Officers are administrating the by-law.
The parking situation has become quite serious. Staff and visitors have been consistently parking in areas that are clearly marked handicap, dialysis only, fire lanes or no parking zones. Some areas which appear to be wide open spaces perfect for parking are actually required to ensure fire trucks have access to every phase of the building at all times.
Revenue collected by the Town will be retained by the Town to offset the administrative costs of the program.
Tax collection
The Town of Stettler said there is only $1.4 million in outstanding tax revenue or 5.5 per cent of the total. Of that amount, $1 million relates to those who have chosen the tax payment plan.
Land trade
In conjunction with a proposed new subdivision which received third reading on June 4, 2013, a motion was passed by council approving the closure of portions of Niblock Street, Prairie Avenue and Lakeview Avenue. These closures will provide access and vehicle parking areas to Alberta Prairie Steam Tours and the Stettler Regional Fire Department.  An agreement on cost sharing and land swapping will be entered into between the Town of Stettler and Alberta Prairie Steam Tours before any work commences.
Communities in Bloom
The Communities in Bloom judges will visit Stettler on July 25 and 26.  This year’s judges include Evelyn Alemanni, writer, web site designer, award winning gardener and artist from Escondido, California and Steve Preston whose career spans 30 years with the City of Brampton’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Vicki Leuck was appointed for a one-year term as a member of the Stettler Public Library Board.
Joint Meeting
A joint meeting of the County of Stettler and the Town of Stettler will be held on July 29, 2013 to discuss a number of areas that overlap their respective jurisdictions. These items include: recreation funding and challenges, airport operations, regional collaboration grant, physician/physiotherapist recruitment and the ‘Master Servicing’ study.

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