Park bridge will remain as is

Stettler Town Council

Whether to restructure the railing on the West Stettler Park Bridge due to a few complaints has Stettler Town Council looking for some public feedback.

At the Sept. 6 regular meeting, Director of Parks and Leisure Services Lee Penner presented council with options to replace the railings on the 33-year old structure with either chain link fence or steel spindles the entire length of the bridge.

According to Penner, the town has received about 10 complaints regarding the possibility of children or pets falling or climbing through the existing railings. The current railings meet the building code for bridges according to an inspection by IJD Inspections.

“Thousands upon thousands of people have crossed that bridge,” stated Mayor Dick Richards, who was concerned that making changes based on a handful of complaints would send the wrong signal.

“It was intended to be as natural and uninstitutional as possible,” explained Richards about the bridge design and went on to question whether a chain link railing would not fit with the esthetics of the park.

Richards went on to say that, while safety is a primary concern for the town, people using the park need to take responsibility and care when walking across the bridge with their kids or pets.

The rest of council agreed with Richards that unless there was a greater demand for changes to the bridge, that the town should leave the bridge railing as is.

Downtown property okayed for sale

After over four years of inspections, compliance orders and a court ordered demolition, a downtown property at 5013 50 Avenue, which was in tax arrears, has now moved to the for sale stage.

Council approved a motion by Coun. Malcolm Fischer to go through the formal process to acquire the lot, then council approved a motion by Coun. Darcy Bachman to sell the lot.

According to a timeline provided by the town, the first inspection of the property was recorded on June 20, 2012 with several inspections and compliance orders following. An

Alberta Health Services inspection on June 28, 2013 deemed the building unfit for occupancy.

After the town was granted an order for demolition, the work was completed in September 2015.

Once the property is sold and all costs associated with the property, including unpaid taxes and demolition costs (which amounted to just over $32,000) are recovered, any remainder will be forwarded to the property owner.

Baseball champs receive recognition

Tier 5 Provincial Champs Stettler Scorpions Bantam AA baseball team received a certificate of recognition from Stettler Town council for their accomplishment.

Mayor Dick Richards presented the team with the award for representing Stettler and area as ambassadors on the provincial stage. This year’s team has members from across east central Alberta.

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