First reading was administered to an application for rezoning at the Town of Stettler council meeting on January 7, 2013. Intentions for this parcel of land, in a predominantly industrial zone at the corner of 42 Street and Highway 56, was outlined in the request to “rezone… from UR: Urban Reserve to I: Industrial for the development of light industrial manufacturing,” and stated there would be compliance with a Development Agreement to address offsite levy payment, utility servicing, access/exit of properties, lot sizes/location and grading and environmental reserve and road dedications.
Council discussed the ATCO Electric Franchise Agreement renewal, as the current agreement with the company expires May 31 after a 10 year period.
A memorandum provided to the town indicated a few changes in the agreement. How the fee is calculated when paid had changed from 7.5 per cent and building, land and linear property tax inclusive to 6.1 per cent plus a “separate payment for taxes,” which will be revenue neutral. The fee could be raised by the town to a maximum of 20 per cent.
The document also outlined that “In the new agreement all new or relocated street lights… will be based on Atco investing in such” and improved reporting on core services.
The new arrangements were spoke to favourably by CAO Rob Stoutenberg, who noted that only four municipalities in the province have the arrangement with ATCO.
“Sometime in the future this favourable situation might not be there,” he noted on the agreement.
CAO Stoutenberg gave a synopsis of his activities in the month of December, 2013. Notably, Stoutenberg coordinated the Town of Stettler long-service awards, wherein nine staff received awards for service exceeding 20 years; two individuals received five-year service awards, and one 15-year award was presented. He noted of interest that of 47 full-time employees, 50 per cent currently have less than five years service.
Stoutenberg also noted that he assisted with a charity event which filled a half-ton truck with food and raised $2,000 for the Stettler Skate Park.