MSI grants help Bashaw

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Town of Bashaw will use about $56,000 in MSI grants to fund necessary fix it projects around town this year.
During its regular council meeting May 18, council approved how the town will spend the MSI grants including: $19,450 on server and software upgrades; $8,500 for library operations; and $27,915 for parks, sports and recreation.
This includes $4,515 for curling rink and arena doors; $7,400 for concession area repairs; and $16,000 for the school enhancement (gymnasium).
“We certainly want to take advantage of MSI funding and use it,” said Deputy Mayor Rosella Peterman.
Bashaw Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Theresa Fuller, told council that the concession at the arena needs to be upgraded to ensure the area is “kept clean” and the town adheres to safety, health and food handling standards.
The town was allocated $52,294 in MSI operating funds for 2017 and had $3,571 left from last year to use.
CAO Fuller said the town’s computer software is from 2013 and the server is four years old, adding that the town is “taking a gamble” if they don’t upgrade them.
“Those are integral to function,” she said.

Capital budget/projects approved
Bashaw town council approved its 2017 capital projects totalling $36,200. The water tower will be painted ($14,000); cement will be poured under the ball diamond bleachers ($10,000); and a washroom facility will be installed at the ball diamonds ($12,000).
Earlier this year a resident sent the town a letter expressing concerns about inadequate bathroom facilities at the ball diamond, as well as the condition of the bleachers.
CAO Fuller told council that the capital projects they approved in 2016 are just getting underway now. The $3.1 million 54 Ave. Infrastructure Replacement Project was approved in 2016, which includes pavement and water sewer lines.
Another big-ticket item was lagoon upgrades for $493,850.  The 2016 projects, however, are expected to come under budget.
CAO Fuller said that in the tendering process the town was able to get better pricing and added that, as projects progress, administration will be able to provide council with the actual costs.

Golf club financial statements approved
Council approved the Bashaw Golf and County Club’s 2016 financial statements as presented.  The non-profit golf course had $462,789 in revenues and $474,358 in expenses, which meant a shortfall of $11,569.

Lisa Joy
ECA Review reporter

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