Two out of three tenders were awarded by Stettler Town council at their July 5 regular meeting.
The town had budgeted for $130,000 towards a new ice resurfacer. Two bids came in, both well under the amount budgeted.
Industrial Machine bid $98,685 with a four month delivery time and Big Hill Services bid $106,978 with an 11 month delivery time.
Council awarded the tender to Industrial Machine.
Bids to replace two heating, ventilation and air conditioning units (HVAC) for the Stettler Recreation Centre came in at nearly one third the amount budgeted for from two different companies.
The project had a budget of $140,000, but the bid from Keith’s Refrigeration came in at $49,750 plus tax to replace both units and Action Plumbing bid $48,660 plus tax for both units. The tender was awarded to Action Plumbing.
One bid that came in more than double the budgeted amount was for a winged power take off pull behind mower.
Only $10,000 was budgeted for the mower but the only bidder was Bill’s Farm Supplies for $23,900 plus tax.
Council defeated a motion to approve awarding the tender in favour of researching other options for purchasing the mower or putting off the purchase until next year.
Building permit activity to the end of June was down substantially from this time last year.
Total building permits to June 30 were slightly over $1.8 million compared to $6.1 million last year. The largest drop was in residential construction at only 19 per cent of 2015’s total.
Commercial construction was slightly higher at 21 per cent.
After a proposal from Coun. Malcolm Fischer and agreement from the rest of council, Mayor Dick Richards proclaimed July 8 as Collector Car Appreciation Day in Stettler. The day of recognition was first started in the United States on July 9, 2010 with annual dates chosen each following year.