Detour map.

Detour map.

Highway 12 detour this week for road work

Travellers through Stettler will need to make a detour as Highway 12 will be closed today, Wednesday, Aug. 24 and Thursday, Aug. 25.

Travellers through Stettler will need to make a detour as Highway 12 will be closed today, Wednesday, Aug. 24 and Thursday, Aug. 25.

The two-day closure is required as major roadwork is being done on a section of the highway, which cuts through town.

The closure begins at 7 a.m. on Wednesday and is expected to be complete by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Melissa Robbins, director of operational services, said. The highway is closed between 50 Street and Highway 56.

“Local vehicle traffic will be able to maneuver around the site using local roads,” Robbins said. “However, Highway 12 will be closed at 57 Street and there will be no access to Highway 12 from 57 Street.”

Highway traffic will be detoured on 46 Avenue, as seen in the attached image.

Town’s finances on pointThe Town of Stettler’s income and spending is almost exactly where staff expected it to be by this point, council heard at its Tuesday, Aug. 16 meeting.

CAO Greg Switenky and Assistant CAO Steve Gerlitz presented the long list to council, which is also available online in the Aug. 16 agenda package. The document revealed how much was budgeted in the 2016 budget and how much actual costs or revenues had been by July 31.

Switenky and Gerlitz revealed the town had brought in 71.69 per cent of its anticipated $17,597,127 revenue for 2016. To reach that goal, the town needs to collect another $4,982,189.84. The money comes from recreation programs, permits, taxes and grant funding, to name a few sources.

The town has to date had expenses of $7,325,388.98, which places them at about 41 per cent of the 2016 budget. However, with five months left remaining in the year, including several expensive projects and winter roads, Gerlitz said the remaining 60 per cent will come due before the end of the year and the current $5 million surplus isn’t actually that.