Stettler focuses on infrastructure

Stettler town report

The Town of Stettler council reviewed the ambitious $3.6 million capital budget at their Feb. 2 meeting. Grants and reserves make up the majority of funding for the 2016 projects.

A number of larger infrastructure projects planned include replacement of water and sewer mains on 51 Avenue, storm main on 57 Street, pavement overlay on 48 Avenue and pavement patching.

Both the Stettler Community Hall and Stettler Recreation Centre (SRC) have major upgrades scheduled for the year, including shingle replacement for the hall.

“You make sure that nothing is leaking first before you work on the inside,” remarked CAO Greg Switenky regarding repairs needed for both the interior and exterior of the hall.

A new heating unit and a new zamboni are on the list for SRC as well as upgrades. According to Switenky, the old zamboni will remain as a backup to use during tournaments and on the outdoor rink.

“I’m glad to see that the town is continuing to keep up infrastructure and it always has,” stated Coun. Malcolm Fischer, referring to communities who have cut back on infrastructure spending only to find themselves trying to catch up.

Several other smaller projects and purchases will also be completed in 2016.

Citizens on patrol
Twenty people attended the most recent meeting of the Stettler Citizens on Patrol group. An RCMP initiative, the Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) assists the RCMP by keeping watch for suspicious activity in neighbourhoods.

Previously, the Stettler group had disbanded but interest is growing again.

According to Sgt. Phil Penny, about half of the attendees at the meeting have been involved with the program before.

The number of people who fill out an application and get a criminal background check will determine if there is enough interest to reboot the program.

Penny stressed that the program isn’t just town based but can involved county communities as well.

While the program coordinates with the RCMP, COPP is entirely volunteer and community driven.

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