It was a fairly short Stettler town council meeting last Tuesday, but there was still some business to discuss.
The Stettler and District Family and Community Support Services presented the organization’s 2014 budget to the council.
Mayor Dick Richards was complimentary toward the FCSS and the work the group is doing.
The Stettler Regional Board of Trade and Community Development also presented its budget and a review of last year’s events.
In 2013, members of the board of trade increased from 78 to 111.
The board managed to get total revenue of $23,000 at the 2013 trade show. The board has many projects and events planned for 2014, including attending a provincial conference put on by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, continuing with physician recruitment and retention, and to repeat 2013 projects when necessary.
The 2013 projects included hosting a conference attended by 40 Alberta chamber executives and preparing for the arrival of Dr. Juliet Fairfax-Crone.
Both the FCSS and the board of trade budgets were accepted by council.
Stettler CAO Rob Stoutenberg co-ordinated long-service awards for town employees. Nine staff members received awards for service of 20 or more years, two received awards for five years, and one for 15 years.
He also noted that about half of the full-time town staff members currently have fewer than five years of service.
Richards also praised the public works department in light of all the snow removal they have had to do.
“They seem to have a really good attitude,” he said of the workers’ efforts through a stormy winter.