Peony garden idea put on hold by Castor town council

Written by Stu Salkeld

The Town of Castor set aside a decision on a new garden as they seek more information from the organization involved.

The topic of the new garden was discussed at the July 27 regular meeting of council which was held via social media to follow social distancing guidelines.

Town Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Christopher Robblee presented a letter of request from community member Laurie Charpentier who requested the town’s help in creating a new garden.

“I’m putting out this letter in the hope that the town will help make Pals Park and our town more beautiful,” stated Charpentier’s letter.

“I was funded a $3,000 grant to install peony beds of stone like the ones on Main Street built by the town employees and the summer students.”

Charpentier also noted some town equipment would be useful, some mulch as well as some staff, probably a summer student.

The proposal also included a new peony bed east of the gazebo.

Robblee stated that the request also included town staff to water the flowers. 

He noted watering the beds in the park would be a significant expense, nor does the town have equipment that fits down that trail.

Councillors discussed the request, stating they were concerned about the town taking on watering responsibilities, plus the fact the town doesn’t have a suitable vehicle.

Robblee also stated he wasn’t familiar with the grant money Charpentier referred to in her letter.

As they discussed it, councillors agreed they would like more information about the project before voting on it. Hence, they tabled the topic to discuss again at a future meeting.


Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative 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.