Summer student grant approval

Bashaw Council

Bashaw council, at its regular meeting June 16, gave first reading to a bylaw rezoning land from highway commercial to industrial on land purchased by Bashaw Seed Cleaning Co-operative Association.  They have submitted a development application, which requires rezoning of the land.
Affected landowners will receive a notification of the proposed amendment  and a public hearing is set for July 7 in council chambers.

Summer student funding
Council will help fund a summer student and kick in $864 for the position this summer. In May council approved $3,375 for the historical society to hire someone during the summer months. The town later received notification that a grant for a summer student was approved so the historical society proposed a summer student be hired in addition.

Coun. Rosella Peterman said the position is justified with the extra activities planned this summer.

There will be monthly historical horse and wagon tours of the town, and if they are popular more will be scheduled. While one staff member conducts the tour the other will be at the museum.
There will be a weekly children’s program focusing on historical games and children’s activities.

There will be Saturday jam sessions and entertainment in the park. Nature trail tours with bird watching opportunities are scheduled.

Plans are in the works to partner with the Bashaw Art Club to display artwork on a rotating basis at the tourist booth. The historical society wants to work with the Bashaw Meadows Activity coordinator to provide morning outings for residents to visit the booth and enjoy sitting in the park over coffee or tea.  The student would act as host to encourage memory discussions of Bashaw’s early years.

A summer history contest is planned showcasing the history books and historical walking tour plaques. There will be an enhanced fire truck display including old uniforms.

A student crier will be in costume to advertise events and programs.

 Safety codes contract renewed
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Theresa Fuller told council that the Town of Bashaw’s safety code contract with IJD Inspections expired in 2014. She presented council with a contract similar to the previous one. Council renewed the contract until 2019.

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