“With the right pumps and right chassis, a new Brush Rapid Attack truck, could stay on the road for 20 years,” said Mark Dennis, Regional Fire Chief, at the regular Stettler County Meeting on August 14, 2013. Unanimous approval was given to purchase the custom-built fire equipment and winter package from Firematic and mount it on a F550 chassis. The total purchase price was $172,693, $22,693 more than budgeted. The overage will be pulled either from current operating surpluses or reserve.
Both Dodge and Ford were considered, but the F550 was the preferred choice. The Council chose to take Aspen Ford’s bid even though it was $2,116 higher than Cam Clark Ford. “We need to support the local community that supports us . . . through donations to such things as the Ag Society, minor sports and others.” said Councillor Greggory Jackson. “Cam Clark Ford has never donated anything in Stettler!”
Administration requested Council to provide direction on the building design of the Erskine Reservoir to facilitate the tendering process moving forward. Councillors James Nibourg and Joe Gendre favoured the octagon design as the building would be a flagship facility for Erskine. Councillor Jackson spoke against adding extra costs for aesthetics. Approval was given to design a rectangular shape for the Erskine Reservoir in a 5 – 1 vote. Gendre removed himself from the meeting during the vote.
Airport snow plowing
The County approved a motion to provide annual snow plowing at the Stettler Airport with the understanding that the Town will be required to use their rotary snow plow to remove snow ridges when needed. The County’s current annual contribution of $4,500 towards operating costs will continue. The Stettler Flying Club is still committed to do the grass mowing and maintenance for another five years.
A motion was passed to add a recycling bin at the Big Valley transfer site. As of September 1, 2013 Gadsby, Donalda, Byemoor and Big Valley will have recycling bins at their transfer sites. Assistant CAO, Yvette Cassidy advised there is room in the budget should Botha need one as well. Bins are provided and maintained by Can Pak Environmental Inc. from Alix, Alberta. As of September 1, 2013 the additional cost for all the recycling bins is estimated at $9,410 plus gst.
The tennis court in Stettler has undergone $30,000 in capital upgrades to the floor and fence and asked the County to contribute $5,000 to this project. The Town of Stettler and the Clearview School Division have contributed. After much debate on whether this was a proper donation for the County, a unanimous decision was made to give $5,000 to the tennis courts and fund it through the recreation reserve.
A motion was unanimously passed to grant the request from Glen Lepard for reimbursement of $7,198, which is 50 per cent of the cost Lepard undertook to upgrade a section of Township Road 38-0.
A Public Tax sale was set for Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Arrears’ notices have been sent out to delinquent tax roll owners.
The next meeting will be held on September 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.