Peppy Stettler town councillor resigns

The always enthusiastic Coun. Karen Sernecky has resigned from Stettler Town Council effective July 29 due to her family relocating to Blackfalds. Sernecky’s resignation letter was reviewed at the August 2 regular meeting.

“It was such a pleasure to work with everyone there and I will miss every aspect of the position and the wonderful people I had the privilege of meeting,” Sernecky wrote in her letter.

According to Mayor Dick Richards, the town will wait until the 2017 municipal elections to fill the vacant seat.

Because the next election is less than 18 months away and six or more councillors remain, the MGA guidelines allow the seat to remain vacant.

Lagoon tender awarded

The tender to remediate Stettler’s sewer lagoon cell six was awarded to NuEdge Construction for a cost of $822,569, not including GST.

With the cost of engineering and contingency added in, the total budget without GST came to $1,002,069.

Built into the tender bid was $419,100 budgeted for removal and disposal of sludge from cell six.

“[We] haven’t desludged for probably 20 years,” stated Melissa Robbins, Director of Operational Services.

The machine used for the process works up the sludge then vacuums it out. The sludge then gets spread on crop farmland but won’t be started until crops are off the land.

Town supports lobby efforts

The Red Deer River Municipal Users Group (RDRMUG) requested a letter of support from the Town of Stettler in asking the province to fund 100 per cent of flood mitigation projects for the towns of Drumheller and Sundre.

RDRMUG has requested the letter from its members to show support for the lobbying efforts of the two towns.

The river runs right through both communities and they want the province to honour previous agreements that saw the province fund 100 per cent of the cost of construction and maintenance of dikes.

The province is looking to change that to a “90-10 per cent split up to $3 million and a 70-30 per cent split on amounts thereafter” according to the letter sent to the town.

After a brief discussion about whether RDRMUG should be involved in political lobbying efforts, council voted to provide the letter of support.

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