Municipal elections introduced new faces to town and county – Year in Review II

(July 7, 2010)

• Town of Stettler firms strategic action plan

Steps to attract a value added meat-processing facility, a waste-to-energy plant and to develop the non-residential tax base top the long-term goals for the Town of Stettler in the Community Investment Readiness Strategic Action Plan with Central Alberta Economic Partnership.

(July 14, 2010)

• Bylaws to allow auto recyclers proceed despite much opposition

Land-use and zoning bylaws to allow an auto recycling business to operate along Highway 56 on the northern gateway of the Town of Stettler remain on track despite opposition from Reeve Earl Marshall, two councillors, the Town of Stettler and several neighbouring property owners.

(July 21, 2010)

• Construction down in town, level in county

Construction in the Town of Stettler has significantly declined to $3,300,461 for the first half of this year, compared to $14,128,066 in the same period in 2009 while the County of Stettler has increased to $7,653,192, from $6,233,439 from last year.

(July 28, 2010)

• Prospects bleak for auto recycling business

Town of Stettler has resolved to protect the integrity of the intermunicipal development plan (IDP) with the County of Stettler by opposing an application by Jim Nibourg of East Central Auto Recyclers to locate on a new site on Highway 56 north of town although the town council, reeve and two councillors oppose the land-use bylaw that passed second reading.

(Aug. 4, 2010)

• Stettler judged for Communities in Bloom

Town of Stettler heard high remarks from Communities in Bloom judges who toured the town July 28 with winners of the national competition set for late October.

(Aug. 11, 2010)

• Stettler wastewater facility expands to meet growth

Plans have been launched to upgrade the Town of Stettler wastewater treatment facility at a total cost of $2.6 million to meet the growing needs of the community with funding of $1.4 million from the Canada-Alberta Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

(Aug. 18, 2010)

• Stettler Steel-Wheel Stampede raises country spirit

The second annual Stettler Steel-Wheel Stampede drew over 350 competitors, including about 100 local, and earned top reviews from competitors, organizers, local municipal councils and spectators as the weekend featured a Saturday night concert by award-winning Canadian country music star Gord Bamford.

(Aug. 25, 2010)

• Repaving of Highway 12 complete

After seven weeks of work, repaving Highway 12 through the Town of Stettler was completed Aug. 23 with the project fully funded by the provincial government.

(Sept. 1, 2010)

• Clearview supports funding for teachers

Clearview School Division is grateful that the provincial government will contribute about $500,000 to cover a provincial pay raise of 2.92 per cent although the government was reluctant earlier this year.

(Sept. 8, 2010)

• Clearview welcomes new administrators

Clearview School Division recently welcomed new secretarytreasurer Lewis Hill, new Botha School principal Mitch Hammond and new Big Valley School principal Marjan Lenart.

(Sept. 15, 2010)

• Auto recycler still hopeful to relocate in Stettler

Stettler auto recycler James Nibourg plans to try again after municipal elections this fall after bylaws to allow him to relocate his business along Highway 56 just south of the Town of Stettler were defeated by the County of Stettler when final readings were a tie vote.

(Sept. 22, 2010)

• Municipal election races heat up

Town of Stettler Mayor Dick Richards faces church pastor Will Brown for the top chair in municipal elections while County of Stettler Councillor Wayne Nixon for Red Willow and Donalda was the only councilor of seven retaining his seat by acclamation.

(Sept. 29, 2010)

• Town of Stettler annexes 900 acres from county

Boundaries of the Town of Stettler expanded by 899 acres as the town’s application to annex six quarter sections from the County of Stettler was approved by the provincial government.

(Oct. 6, 2010)

• Demand for food bank grows

Demand for Stettler and District Food Bank is up 20 per cent over two years ago and currently distributes about 125 hampers per month.

(Oct. 13, 2010)

• More space for Stettler library tops concerns at election forum

More space for Stettler Public Library, recycling and bylaw enforcement were the main issues election candidates for the Town of Stettler faced at an all-candidates forum that attracted about 110 people.

(Oct. 20, 2010)

• Town mayor in, county reeve out

Dick Richards narrowly retained his seat as mayor of the Town of Stettler in municipal elections as he beat challenger Will Brown 689-662. County of Stettler Reeve Earl Marshall was unseated in the Warden division as James Nibourg led the way with 143 votes, followed by Marshall with 66 and Danny Riggins with 30.

(Oct. 27, 2010)

• Nixon named new county reeve

Wayne Nixon was elected as the new reeve for the County of Stettler at its organizational meeting Oct. 25.

(Nov. 3, 2010)

• Five blooms again for Town of Stettler

Stettler and Heartland Beautification committee again received five blooms in the national Communities in Bloom and won the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association’s Landscape Award.

(Nov. 10, 2010)

• County land-use bylaw goes to second public hearing

An updated land-use bylaw for the County of Stettler will go to a second public hearing next spring after four of the seven members of council are new and are required to be at a public hearing to vote on bylaws.

(Nov. 17, 2010)

• Students win literary prizes

Botha School students Shayna Browe, Keyonna Derr, Megan Kobi, Danae Chostner and Sadie Diegel along with Olivia Clutterbuck and Kaitlin Poapst of William E. Hay Composite High School in Stettler won top prizes in “Celebrating Words” literary contest sponsored by the English Language Arts Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association.

(Nov. 24, 2010)

• Highway commercial growth set for Stettler

Major highway commercial and industrial business and residential lots will grow in the western gateway to the Town of Stettler under the West Stettler Highway 12 South area structure plan.

(Dec. 1, 2010)

• Over 400 residences potential for Stettler

Over 400 new residences with a variety of styles could be added to the Town of Stettler under a concept for a 42.71-acre parcel of land at 5202 – 61 Street west of Emmerson Estates.

(Dec. 8, 2010)

• 88-unit seniors housing for Stettler

A project for an 88-unit seniors’ affordable housing for the Town of Stettler was announced with provincial funding at the south end of 70 Street built by Points West Living.

(Dec. 15, 2010)

• County could raise taxes to meet budget shortfall

Property owners in the County of Stettler could expect a tax hike of five percent in 2011 to meet a revenue shortfall of about $1 million, in a $33.11 million budget, the first tax increase in five years.

(Dec. 22. 2010)

• Century-old building downtown Stettler demolished

A 105-year-old building at the southeast corner of Main Street and 50 Avenue, last occupied by Stettler Travel was demolished Dec. 19.

(Dec. 29, 2010)

• Christmas hampers distributed to 130 households

A total of 130 Christmas hampers were distributed to households by Stettler Christmas Hamper Society, down slightly from 137 the previous year.