MSI and reserves to fund shop construction

Stettler County

CAO Tim Fox presented council with a new financial plan to pay for the new public works shop without borrowing.

The price for the shop has gone to $9.52 million from $9.26 million due to delays to the project.

Council approved funding from $6 million MSI over three years, $3 million from reserves, and $520,000 in reduced capital spending over two years.

Council also moved to award Scott Builders the tender and to notify them to begin construction.
The county will also look at selling land over the next two or three years but Fox cautioned council to take a careful and methodical approach to the sale of land.

Better guidelines for convention resolutions

Lacombe County has support from Stettler County as seconder for a resolution to be reviewed at the Central Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (CAAMD&C) fall meeting to request more stringent requirements for all resolutions presented at  the AAMD&C fall convention.
Council reviewed Lacombe’s request at their July 13 regular meeting.

Lacombe wants to see the financial implications of a resolution included when presented, as well as prioritization of resolutions and limitations on how often similar resolutions are presented.

Even though AAMD&C districts each have a resolution review committee, as does the provincial body, weak resolutions are making it to the convention floor, according to Coun. Greggory Jackson.

Many resolutions have no financial impact attached to them continued Jackson.

“There are, in my opinion, lots of frivolous resolutions,” stated Reeve Wayne Nixon.

Council voted to support Lacombe County with Couns. Dave Grover and Ernie Gendre opposed.

Dust settles at Linda Hall

Linda Hall Society was granted a reduced rate on the application of dust control product after council reviewed a request from Linda Hall president Brian Johnston for a 50 per cent reduction in the $1400 cost for calcium.

Because this is a yearly request from the hall, council opted to approve a more expensive but longer lasting oil product for the dust control, which costs around $2500.

Director of Engineering Rick Green explained to council that the oil product is applied heaviest in the first year, at three litres per cubic metre, then half of that amount in the second year so by the third year there is no need for more product.

Linda Hall will only need to pay the $700 with the remainder of the cost coming from recreational funding.

Tender awarded

Action Plumbing and Excavating came in as the lowest bidder for the Rural Waterline Extension and was awarded the tender to run lines to three sites over a two kilometre stretch.
Action bid $85,875, well under Nu Edge Construction at $114,625 and Watson Welding at $122,589.

Money reserved

Council discussed what to do with the proceeds from the sale of the Stettler Drop-In Centre, which the county co-owned with the Town of Stettler. The property sold for $19,250 plus tax, netting the county $9,000. Council voted to put the funds into reserve for future use for The Hub or other seniors’ programs.

Name that road

The new Erskine Subdivision is in need of a new road name. Coun. James Nibourg suggested that Erskine residents be given the opportunity to add ideas to a suggestion box at the Erskine Post Office. The new name will be chosen from the suggestions.

Wormwood hard to stop

Council passed a motion to issue Carillion a weed notice hoping to spur the highway maintenance company to mow or spray wormwood growing in ditches along the highways.

The motion was in response to complaints by farmers wanting to keep the tenacious, prolific weed from moving onto their property.

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