Stettler town council approves ‘direct control’ request June 16

Written by Stu Salkeld
The Town of Stettler council approved a request in a ‘direct control’ zone during their regular meeting June 16.
A staff memo to council noted, “The owner/applicant of 4509 – 47 Avenue is proposing to build a new accessory building in the form of a 12’ x 20’ shed on skids.
“The proposed shed will be used for additional storage on the lot and features a 6’ x 6’ roll-up door to safely and securely store larger items.
“In 2008, Bylaw 1978-08 was passed, rezoning this block as Land Use District DC4: Urban Reserve Direct Control and therefore, unlike other zoned districts, all decisions pertaining to development must be directed to council for approval.
“The long-term plan identified in the Municipal Development Plan for this area is Industrial. 
“The intention of the DC4: Urban Reserve Direct Control District was to allow existing uses to remain while maintaining the long-term plan to have this area transition into mixed commercial/industrial.”
Councillors unanimously approved the request.
COVID-19 update
Councillors got a detailed reporter from Recreation and Culture department head Brad Robbins on various facility openings in town. Robbins’ report followed the provincial government’s Stage 2 re-launch of COVID-19 requirements.
By the third week of June virtually all recreation facilities in Stettler would re-open to the public, including the public library and swimming pool; however, social distancing guidelines are still in effect.
Sidewalk work
Director of Operational services Melissa Robbins presented councillors with tender results for sidewalk work this summer. 
Her report stated only one bid was received. “Jo’s Concrete Services Ltd. submitted a tender price of $119,712.,” stated the June 16 minutes. 
“Jo’s Concrete Services Ltd. has previously bid on the past tenders and is Border Paving’s subcontractor for the 2020 paving program tender.” She noted $130,000 was budgeted for this project.
Councillors unanimously awarded the project to Jo’s Concrete Services ltd.
Paving projects
Councillors also awarded the 2020 paving projects after tender results were presented by Melissa Robbins. Border Paving bid $754,213.50, Central City Asphalt bid $791,369.80 and Rubydale Asphalt bid $800,841.70, the report stated.
The list of work includes 44th Avenue rehab 65th Street to Highway #56, pathway improvements, pathway rehab and pavement patching.
Councillors unanimously awarded the paving project work to Border Paving.
Nice to hear
Staff gave an update on development permits. 
“In 2019, the Town of Stettler issued 57 building permits with a total construction value of $7.8 million,” stated the June 16 minutes. 
“This total was approximately $1.2 million in residential construction and $6.6 million in combined commercial, industrial and institutional construction.”
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter
ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.