By Stu Salkeld The Stettler Independent
Mayor Dick Richards chaired his last meeting in the top Town of Stettler office Oct. 3 which was held in council chambers. All councilors were present for the meeting.
The next scheduled council meeting was Tues., Oct. 17, one day after the municipal election, which was re-scheduled to the following Tues., Oct. 24 due to the election.
Assistant CAO Steven Gerletz presented the Parkland Library system’s invoice for service. The library system utilizes a per capita formula. Gerletz noted the increase is about one per cent.
However, it was noted that the federal government recently conducted a new census with new population numbers for the Town of Stettler. If the new numbers were used, the increase could potentially be higher.
CAO Greg Switenky noted, however, that all municipalities would in that case be using the new numbers, so everyone’s increase would be similar. Councilors approved the increase.
Looking at their upcoming schedule of meetings, councilors decided to eliminate one that could be superfluous considering the upcoming municipal election.
Oct. 10 was scheduled to be a committee meeting. Councilors agreed to cancel the meeting which would have been held only a few days before the election.
Switenky noted he’d recently met with Stettler RCMP regarding some vandalism and theft issues.
One theft involved a missing town truck, and Switenky stated town staff had their eyes open all over town looking for it. The truck was subsequently found behind the old ATCO building, and it appears it was stolen and used for joyriding.
The CAO said the great weather last August helped paving crews which were working in Stettler. He said a lot of work was finished because of the warm, dry weather.
Switenky reported five local firefighters recently went out to the special areas to help with a large fire burning there.
He said Stettler firefighters are well known to be highly trained and very professional, and they conducted themselves very well there.
ATCO franchise agreement
Councilors unanimously approved first reading of the ATCO franchise agreement that affects power bills in the town. The bylaw will have to be publically advertised before it returns for second and third reading.
Council discussed money left in the Community Development Fund, and the local curling club’s plans to host major bonspiels here. Several councilors stated the town should be seen as a leader in these events, and so approved a grant of $20,000 to the curling club to help with these bonspiels.
Council broke at about 7:50 p.m., followed by a motion to move “in-camera” to discuss private matters.