Youngstown offers development incentive program for businesses

Written by Terri Huxley

Bill Armstrong has requested $5,000 to be put towards upgrades to the front and rear of his carwash business.

The village has a beautification incentive to improve the quality of retail and commercial businesses in the community under the specifications of beautification, health and safety, accessibility and more.

The incentive is on a first-come first-serve basis and once the $5,000 is exhausted, that will be it for the year.

Council, after discussion, agreed to hold off for a month to see if others would be interested as well before committing to this amount or lower.

Regional landfill troubles

Council brought up frustrations regarding the Youngstown Regional Landfill in that weekly drop offs from the village have been a challenge during muddy seasons.

For the truck to drop off residential garbage, it was found they can’t reach the site as there is too much mud after a rain.

Mayor Robert Blagen sits on the Big Country Waste Management Commission and intends on speaking to this matter again to get a solution in place sooner rather than later.

Council was also encouraged to write a letter explaining the situation as well.

Engineering costs

Two employees from MPE Engineering visited the village recently to check on the water plant that was in need of inspection.

Public Works Foreman Jim Mabley was ‘not impressed’ with the company after finding the village was billed a large amount for this inspection.

After speaking with the company, they took off one engineer’s time but kept $1,832.08 total for the other engineer’s time and half of the mileage at $0.65 per km.

 

Terri Huxley

ECA Review

About the author

Terri Huxley

Terri grew up on a grain farm near Drumheller, Alberta with an eye for the beautiful and uncharted. Living in such a unique and diverse area has helped her become the photographer and reporter she is today.

Coming from the East Central region getting this newspaper on her dinner table growing up, it helped her understand the community she now serves.

In May 2019, Terri was awarded Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA) Canada's Energy Citizens Photographic Awards Sports Action – First Place as well as first for the same sports action image nationally with the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA). Fast forward to 2020, she has won second in the same category for the AWNA.