Stettler Town Council

Stettler Town Council agreed to enter into a contract with Urban Dirtworks to complete the sewer main project at 55 Street Lane during the Council meeting on Tuesday, February 18.

The project revolves around the deteriorating main on 55 Street; an important distribution line from the south east part of Stettler to the Lift Station. The history of the project was laid bare in a document provided to council. The document outlined the tumultuous journey between the Town and Wally’s Backhoe Service that ultimately fell through with the project not being completed and $232,600 spent on the contract, with extras paid to contractor and engineering fees.

While deciding how to legally proceed with Wally’s Backhoe it was advised that construction completion be implemented.

This being said, the document noted that due to the soil conditions high tender values were to be expected and a reliable and competent contractor would need to be located.

Ultimately Urban Dirtworks was recommended for it’s history of reliable service with the Town to complete the project, with a relocation of $275,000 from the 2014 MSI funding to cover the overage costs.

Skate park

A document from Lee Penner, Director of Parks and Leisure Services for the Town, was provided to Council outlining the new Skate Park revised pricing. Mike Lawlor of the Skate Park Association (SPA) outlined and discussed the document with Council, beginning with pricing considerations.

The pricing revision was based upon tests Parkland Geo conducted at the skate park site, which determined a layer of organics at one metre and half a metre that would require being stripped out for fill to be returned and compacted. Estimated cost of this endeavor would be $33,400, which was above and beyond the original Phase 1 capital budget commitment of 369,256.08.

Options for pricing were laid out threefold.

Option one included a completion of phase one in three distinct segments: the bottom portion of the heart-shaped park (Phase 1A), the top portion (Phase 1B) and a separate skate area (Phase 2), each with distinct features. It was recommended that the most activity value would go into proceeding with Phase 1A and Phase 2.

The second option was to wait for the SPA to complete necessary fundraising, thus pushing the park construction to fall.

Option three was to borrow the money for the SPA to begin the project in the spring.

Items considered in the ensuing discussion included donations from the public and local business/groups as central to the Park’s realization. It was noted by SPA representatives that paramount to the Skate Park’s success was a continual dialogue with the public – ensuring they were aware that things were progressing. This included keeping the public abreast on the planning stages and keeping them informed through the SPA web presence.

It was queried whether or not the County of Stettler had provided any funding and Lawlor answered that they had not. To this, Councillor Darcy Bachman quipped that he found it “grossly gross” that nothing was being offered by the County.

It was agreed that the draw of County youth to the park would be sizable and that widespread support was found in discussions with children within County communities.

“Sixty per cent of the County lives within 20 miles of Stettler. Where do they recreate? In Stettler,” said Mayor Dick Richards.

Ultimately Richards recommended the Skate Park Association approach the County with concrete numbers for required dollars and requesting in-kind donations as a more viable method of stating their case.

New officer

It was announced that Greg Switensky would be taking the helm of Town of Stettler Chief Executive Officer, taking over from Rob Stoutenberg following his retirement after 27 years of service. Of the appointment, Mayor Richards said he was thrilled to have Switensky lead the team for the next decade.

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