New grader purchased

Director of Operations Melissa Robbins presented the results of a public tender for a new grader. 

Robbins stated graders are invaluable for clearing snow quickly from roads, and the current 2010 model the town owns is antiquated. 

The cost of buying parts for it has become prohibitive.

Five responses were received but Robbins said two were not considered as they included graders with lever steering; the Town of Stettler wants a “joystick” grader which gives the operator better sight-lines.

Finning offered a CAT 140 for $308,600, while Brandt Tractor offered a John Deere 6206 for $349,900.

Finning brought a CAT demo unit for the Town of Stettler staff to try out, and they were impressed.

As there is a Finning dealership in the area, Robbins recommended council approve the CAT 140, which they did through a motion and vote.

Noise bylaw waived

Councillors approved a request from Stettler Board of Trade project manager Donna Morris to have the noise bylaw waived for a major event this summer.

“This year, Taste of the Heartland will be held Sat. Aug. 8, 2020 with the long table dinner commencing at 4:30 p.m. on Stettler’s Main Street,” stated Morris in her letter.

“Taking into consideration speeches, appetizers, a main course, followed by dessert, we have approximated that dinner service will end at 8 p.m. Following the dinner, it is our intention to then host a street dance on Main Street beginning at 8 p.m.”

CAO Greg Switenky added that the dance will probably run until about midnight.

He said he was unaware of any complaints about the event in 2019, when the town also waived the noise bylaw.


Stu Salkeld, LJI reporter

ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.