A year of robust growth, development and renovation for the town and county of Stettler – Year in Review I

Bonded to Canadian Navy – Town of Stettler Mayor Dick Richards

Bonded to Canadian Navy – Town of Stettler Mayor Dick Richards

Growth and funding woes were major issues facing the Town of Stettler and the County of Stettler in 2010.

(Jan. 6, 2010)

• Town of Stettler record growth in development

New development in the Town of Stettler was booming in 2009 with building permits valued at $18,155,246, up from $15,140,858 in 2008, with renovations to William E. Hay Composite High School and the new Canadian Tire store as the major projects.

(Jan. 13. 2010)

• Curtis Hofer born as New Year’s baby

Curtis Luke Hofer was born in Stettler to Chris and Matilda Hofer on Jan. 10 at 12:13 p.m. in Stettler as the new year’s first baby.

(Jan. 20, 2010)

• MLA Hayden now agriculture minister

Drumheller-Stettler MLA was appointed minister of agriculture and rural development by Premier Ed Stelmach on Jan. 13 after serving as infrastructure minister since March 2008.

(Jan. 27, 2010)

• Medical complex planned for Stettler

A major medical professional complex has been planned for Stettler. With the original site beside Stettler Hospital turned down by Alberta Health, the developer HC Limited Partnership Group of Red Deer will need to find a new location.

(Feb. 3, 2010)

• Annexation public hearing set

A proposal for the Town of Stettler to annex six quarter sections from the County of Stettler will go to public hearing March 3 in Stettler hosted by the Alberta Municipal Government Board.

(Feb. 10, 2010)

• Stettler family wins top dairy award

Gert and Sonja Schrijver of Marsfield Holsteins dairy farm south of Stettler were honoured as the Breeder of the Year for 2009 by the Alberta Holstein Association.

(Feb. 17, 2010)

• Attainable housing comes to Stettler

Anyone planning to buy a home in Stettler and tight for funds can now apply for one with a $35,000 down payment under a new attainable housing program in Stettler with the Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs of Stettler serving as the community foundation.

(Feb. 24, 2010)

•School division battles funding shortfall

Clearview School Division predicts tough times ahead with reduced funding from the provincial government, with no new funding announced in the provincial budget this month.

(March 3, 2010)

• Health and recreation town’s top priority

Committed to boost the Town of Stettler’s role as a regional centre, council set three top priorities for 2010 to upgrade health care services, recreation facilities and expand economic development.

(March 19, 2010)

• Upgrade set for Stettler Recreation Centre

Plans to upgrade Stettler Recreation Centre were launched when Town of Stettler council confirmed a focus group to determine and recommend plans to enhance the facility to serve the next 30 years.

(March 17, 2010)

• Attainable housing program gets underway

Attainable housing has truly arrived in Stettler after the local foundation under Stettler Kinsmen and Kinettes approved the first application of up to $35,000 under the new Stettler KIN Build program.

(March 24, 2010)

• Town of Stettler dispute electoral boundaries

Concerned that the southern part of the County of Stettler could be severed under the electoral boundaries changes, Town of Stettler council plans to address the issue with the boundaries commission and suggests a joint presentation with the county.

(March 31, 2010)

• Old Stettler swimming pool sinks

Demolition crews levelled the old Stettler Town and County Pool on 54 Street, built in 1967 and closed in 2005 when the new pool opened in Stettler Recreation Centre.

(April 7, 2010)

• Gadsby and Donalda defeated dissolution

Villages of Gadsby and Donalda soundly defeat municipal dissolution in non-binding votes with Gadsby electors voting 18-5 against and Donalda voting 85-29 against.

(April 14, 2010)

• Portable signs concern Town of Stettler

A growing number of portable signs and A board signs sprouting up in the Town of Stettler, many without permits, sparks concern with town council since many signs pose pedestrian and traffic hazards.

(April 21, 2010)

• Heroes honoured for saving life of elderly friend

Rosalind LaRose, Stephen and Sheryl Hadwell were honoured by the Town of Stettler for saving the life of close friend and neighbour Lex Bickle who went missing on a cold winter March night.

(April 28, 2010)

• Kinsmen plans playground

Plans by Stettler Kinsmen Club to locate a children’s playground near the Stettler railway station have been supported by the Town of Stettler council.

(May 5, 2010)

• Orlick receives provincial award

Stettler family dayhome operator Lorna Orlick received one of 10 Alberta Childcare Professional Awards of Excellence, as the winner for rural family day home, presented by Children and Youth Services Minister Yvonne Fritz.

(May 12, 2010)

• Committee set to upgrade Stettler Recreation Centre

Town of Stettler council appointed a committee of facility users to review future expansion plans for Stettler Recreation Centre.

(May 19, 2010)

• Musicians shine in New York City

Gracenotes girls’ choir under the direction of Rhonda Sylvester (Newton) and William E. Hay Composite High School under the direction of Eric Rahn came home with top awards from the Heritage Music Festival in New York City, New York.

(May 26, 2010)

• Stettler community gardens take seed

Stetter’s new community gardens was officially inaugurated May 22 as a major project of Heartland Beautification Committee of the Town of Stettler, measuring 50 by 100 feet located between 46 and 47 avenues and 56A and 57A streets, with a large garden for Stettler and District Food Bank and smaller plots for 12 other people.

(June 2, 2010)

• Stettler Home Hardware celebrates triple win

Stettler Home Hardware was the big winner in the national Drive Home a Toyota contest with customer Reg Judson winning a 2010 Toyota Rav 4 while employee Lisa Adams won a 2010 Toyota Corolla and owner-dealer Albert and Lise Mikulecky won a 2010 Toyota forklift.

(June 9, 2010)

• Clearview trustees express “grave concerns” with MLA

Clearview School Division trustees and administration expressed “grave concerns” about government decisions that could hinder education as they discussed issues with Drumheller-Stettler MLA and Agricultural and Rural Development Minister Jack Hayden.

(June 16, 2010)

• Pergola erected at major Stettler junction

A decorative pergola was erected by the Town of Stettler at the junction of Highway 12 and Highway 56 east of Stettler Hospital.

(June 23, 2010)

• Relay for Life raises over $170,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society during the second annual event in Stettler with 42 teams and almost 450 participants.

(June 30, 2010)

• Stettler high school ranked among best in North America

William E. Hay Composite High School in Stettler was ranked as the only high school in Canada among the top 24 in North America in the Panasonic National School Change Award program.