Town of Bashaw council heard a report that the municipality is working on pandemic guidelines that will be in place so the arena can open for this winter.
The discussion took place at the regular meeting of council one day early, Sept. 16, which was held at the community centre to meet pandemic guidelines.
Town Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Theresa Fuller reported to council on the upcoming opening of the arena. She stated town staff are still working on protocols for the re-opening, as pandemic rules such as social distancing and a 100 person limit for indoor events must be considered.
Fuller also noted pandemic rules include a limit of 50 people on the ice surface.
Town foreman Murray Holroyd reported on arena opening preparations, stating that the ice plant start will be delayed as Nordic Systems have more work to do and some staff are away on vacation.
It was estimated the start-up would commence Sept. 21.
Fuller reported that a tax recovery sale of a property within Bashaw appears to be unnecessary after the owners signed a payment agreement with the town.
The CAO noted the owners also stated that they are interested in selling the property in question.
Fuller reported councillors were disappointed to discover that federal gas tax funding cannot be used to purchase a new sanding truck or related mechanism.
She provided councillors with a report stating replacement water meters, boards at the arena, assessing the arena’s post and beam structure or forwarding the funds to a future project may all apply for the grant money.
Councillors instructed Fuller to get quotes for each project and report at a future meeting.
Staff reported on a section of the arena wall that will need some work.
“Public Works has discovered a section of wall within the building that requires remediation,” stated Fuller’s report to councillors. It was noted the section of wall is located near the rear maintenance room.
Fuller stated public works is getting quotes for the work and she recommended councillors apply for the Municipal Stimulus program to pay for the rehab.
Councillors approved a motion to apply for the MSI funding for the arena rehab work.
Councillors heard a report that the Majestic Theatre is aiming to hold some events amidst the pandemic.
They are currently looking at options for using the community centre and more information will be forthcoming in the future.
Mayor Penny Shantz reported on the Camrose Lodge Authority and noted occupancy numbers have dropped.
Shantz also noted a presentation by the provincial government regarding lagoon funding had to be rescheduled.
Coun. Rob McDonald inquired about business development resources on the town website and that after a certain of amount of time these options were to have expired.
Fuller noted the company that was offering the resources offered to extend the option for another year.
Coun. Lynn Schultz stated the Ag Society has been pretty quiet, but is currently gearing up for the RV storage season and is also considering re-doing the bleachers.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter