Council awards sidewalk tender to local business

The Town of Stettler awarded its 2016 sidewalk replacement tender to Greg Patterson, a local businessman.

The Town of Stettler awarded its 2016 sidewalk replacement tender to Greg Patterson, a local businessman whose tender package came in $25,000 less than the nearest competitor.

The awarding of the tender was just one of several matters discussed at May’s first council meeting on Tuesday, May 3.

In its 2016 budget, the town set aside $130,000 to replace sidewalks throughout the town. The town has a policy that requires it to replace degraded sidewalks for safety and maintenance reasons, and each year there’s a list of areas prepared to be removed and replaced.

At the April 21 cut-off date, the town had received tenders from Patterson, J. Branco and Sons for $116,276.95, and Proform Concrete Services at $129,372.

Staff recommended the town choose Patterson as the lowest bid, but kept the cap of $130,000 as per the budget to deal with any unexpected expenses. Council voted unanimously in support of staff recommendation.

Rezoning bylaw passes first reading

An application by Layvon and Stephanie Hadley to rezone their property at 4919 53 Street from residential general to commercial neighbourhood resulted in a bylaw being brought forth to council. The bylaw passed first reading with unanimous support.

The Hadleys wish to rezone the property to allow for the development of an art studio and “escape room” facility in the existing residence on the property.

According to staff’s recommendation, “the commercial neighborhood district is both conducive with the existing residential development in the area as well as the existing and proposed uses on this parcel.”

The building was once used as a medical clinic in the area, so it would not be the first time it was a used as a non-residential property.

The bylaw will now go to public hearing where any residents who have comments, either positive or negative, can write in or attend the meeting in June to voice their opinions before council proceeds with second and third reading.