Capital budget for Stettler tops $6.3 million for 2011

Upgrades to Town of Stettler infrastructure and facilities top a capital budget of $6.3 million for 2011.

At its regular meeting Jan. 18, town council adopted the capital budget of $6,359,960 supported by grants of $4,701,760,general reserves of $669,700, other reserves of $988,500.

“This is a fiscally responsible capital budget that takes advantage of low-cost work contracts, maximizes the use of grants and saves for future projects such as upgrading Stettler Recreation Centre,” said town manager Rob Stoutenberg.

That was echoed by the mayor.

“It is not a good time to bring out new debt and the capital budget focuses on upgrading some of our facilities,’ said Mayor Dick Richards.

Among the projects that will be implemented are:

• Red Willow Creek culvert and engineering for $1.6 million with the full amount from grants;

• Replace the road structure on 50A Avenue between 57 and 61 streets for $1,080,500 fully supported from a grant;

• Reconstruct the airstrip apron at Stettler Airport for $595,760 with a grant of $586,760.

• Savings of $500, 000 to upgrade Stettler Recreation Centre fully from a utility surplus.

The full list of the projects covered by the capital budget can be found on the town website (http://www.stettler.net/public/data/documents/20112013capitalbudgetpkgpdf.pdf).

Paving at Stettler hospital

Cost to pave Stettler Hospital’s parking lane adjacent to 47 Avenue for over-sized vehicles has been estimated at $9,499.50, reported Melissa Robbins, director of operational services.

“This price is based on public works staff removing the millings and completing the line painting and having the paving program contractor complete the asphalt work,” said Robbins.

She further noted in another report to council that plans for an additional sidewalk and/or pathway around the hospital area will be postponed until the snow has melted to determine the location.

“There are several options available to provide safe pedestrian traffic and I will review those in more detail in the spring,’ said Robbins.