County plans special sign to recognize Endiang landmark

A special informational sign to commemorate the original site of the hamlet of Endiang in 2010 is being considered by the County of Stettler as the hamlet celebrates its centennial this year.

A special informational sign to commemorate the original site of the hamlet of Endiang in 2010 is being considered by the County of Stettler as the hamlet celebrates its centennial this year.

At its Jan. 13 regular meeting, county council approved a staff recommendation to submit a grant application to the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation for a Heritage Awareness Grant to erect a historical sign at the original settlement site at NE ¼ 31-34-15 W4M along Township Road 35-0 about one half-mile east of Endiang Cemetery.

“The sign is more to promote the original townsite than the centennial,” said Councillor Les Stulberg, who represents the county division.

Council also allotted $7,500 for the project as part of the application.

Old historic photos and information about Endiang will be featured on the sign, estimated to cost $11,000 plus the federal goods and services tax and includes installing, said a report from chief administrative officer Tim Fox.

Naming new roads and communities

Council adopted a new policy to name new roads and communities in the county, with the intent that names not duplicate or sound similarly to other names in the region.

“This is a framework for consistently naming streets and communities,” said Johan van der Bank, director of planning and development.

Municipal sponsorship program

Major provincial funding could be pumped into a new pumper/tanker truck for Stettler Regional Fire and Rescue to be located in the hamlet of Byemoor.

At its regular meeting Jan. 13, County of Stettler approved a recommendation to apply for funding from the Municipal Sponsorship Program with several neighbouring municipalities to purchase a new fire truck for $574,000.

The application would be submitted in partnership with the Town of Stettler, the villages of Big Valley, Botha, Donalda and Gadsby and the summer villages of Rochon Sands and White Sands.

This partnership would enable the region to acquire $205,345 in funding which includes bonuses for inter-municipal and priority projects.

However the Summer Village of Rochon Sands opted out, leaving the region eligible for about $197,000.

Municipal Sponsorship Program

The County of Stettler is eligible for funding of $41,080 for the Municipal Sponsorship Program for 2009, based on the 2008 population of 5,216.