Short-term inconvenience for Stettler Recreation Centre users

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Users of the Stettler Recreation Centre will be inconvenienced as the paving of the entire parking lot is underway.

“It’s a big project and with hockey started it will be awkward,” said Greg Switensky, Assistant CAO at the regular Stettler Town Council meeting on September 3, 2013.

Replacements

Keith’s Refrigeration Ltd., the lowest bidder, was awarded the contract to replace the air conditioning roof top units at the A.E. Kennedy Building for $57, 100 plus tax.

Council also learned that the roof-top heating unit for the red hockey rink wasn’t working and will need to be replaced before winter.  Administration was directed to bring back a recommendation for its replacement and to assess whether it would make economic sense to replace the heating unit on the blue rink at the same time.  Although still working, it is undersized according to the new code.

Parking lot

Grading private gravel parking lots was inadvertently missed when approval was given to revise procedures for sweeping private, paved parking lots. Unanimous approval was received to change the procedures to include both sweeping and grading of private parking lots. Specifically, the town will endeavour to provide, on a discretionary annual basis, one free parking lot sweeping and/or gravel parking lot grading as a service for not-for-profits, including government-run facilities such as schools and health care facilities.

Upcoming election

Council unanimously agreed to enter into an agreement with the Clearview School Board to conduct a joint election. The Town’s returning Officer will be responsible for the conduct of the election with costs being shared. Advanced polls will also be run cooperatively.

Skateboard park

Council received copies of the final design of the skateboard park which they said looks great. The Skateboard Committee has enough funds to do the first phase of the project, and will bite off the other phases as funds are raised.

UFA

UFA is awarding five – $50,000 community awards as a way of giving back to the communities where they serve.

Because the deadline is tight, and it is a province-wide program that will likely generate much interest, Council agreed to send the information to both the Ag Society and the Skateboard Committee to see if either is able to put together an application on short notice.

Approval granted

At the public hearing, ByLaw 2041-13, the Municipal Development Plan (MDP), received unanimous approval. There was no public representation in attendance. The Municipal Act requires all municipalities with a population of 3,500 or more to prepare and adopt a MDP which is a framework guiding future growth and development.

 Next meeting

The next meeting is Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Town of Stettler offices.

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