Town of Stettler affirmed the top five items on their wish list in a strategic plan.
“These top five goals will be brought to council twice a year on how it’s progressing so we can keep a benchmark on it,” CAO Switenky told council Feb. 6. “It doesn’t mean we will have success on any but at least we will try to move forward.”
Council’s five top goals are: Upgrades to the Stettler Recreation Centre; create a communications officer position for the town; construct a firefighter training facility; develop an economic development plan; and connect the town’s pathways.
Running track repairs
The Stettler Running Track may get much-needed repairs with the local school board cost-sharing the project with the town and county.
Town council, during its regular meeting Feb. 6, was receptive to Clearview Public Schools request that the town cost-share the project. The school board budgeted $150,000 to restore the running track to its operating condition.
“It’s a great track,” said Stettler Town Coun. Al Campbell, adding, “This has to be done and done right.”
Town of Stettler Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Greg Switenky said Stettler’s running track is a first class facility with the best sub-surface in Western Canada.
“It’s still solid.”
Council accepted Clearview Public Schools’ Trustee Greg Hayden’s presentation as information and will continue discussions with them on the project.
Council gave final approval to its five-year capital budget and 2018’s $6.1 million capital budget. It includes: $220,000 for pavement and sidewalk replacement projects; $1.6 million for 51 Ave utility replacement project; $590,000 for lagoon upgrades; $250,000 for maintaining town pathways; $200,000 for a pathway expansion along Hwy 12 near Canadian Tire including a bridge; $290,000 for hall upgrades; $100,000 for fire department equipment; $15,000 for arts and culture projects; and $496,000 from County of Stettler for recreation.