Paved parking lot in works for curling club

Rough in many spots, the parking lot at the Stettler curling rink could soon be paved, along with the nearby east road.

Rough in many spots, the parking lot at the Stettler curling rink could soon be paved, along with the nearby east road for a cost of about $267,000.

At its regular meeting last week, Town of Stettler council gave the green light to pave the parking lot — estimated at $151,350 — while it would further review a proposal to pave 52 Street between the curling rink and Stettler community hall for $115,850.

Those were the figures presented by Melissa Robbins, the town’s director of operational services. Chief administrative officer Rob Stoutenberg said that $133,000 in the capital plan for fire equipment has been deleted in a partnership project with the County of Stettler.

“There’s $133,000 that could certainly be accessed,” said Stoutenberg, noting the balance could come from reserves. Town staff plans to assess the structure of the road later this spring.

“This estimate is for only a minor shape and pave,” Robbins said.

“Any additional drainage work required would be in addition to the estimate prepared.”

Wi-Fi contract signed

Council signed a 10-year agreement with Shaw to provide Wi-Fi wireless Internet service in the community and in the town facilities at the Stettler Recreation Centre, the town office and the Stettler community hall, with an annual payment of $18.88 to the town for each facility.

Last year, Stettler became the first small community to which Shaw provided Wi-Fi service, after Edmonton and Vancouver.

“It should be an honour that Vancouver and Edmonton can be mentioned in the same sentence as Stettler,” said Mayor Dick Richards, with a bit of humour.

“Technology changes and we know we will work with Shaw more in the coming years.” Shaw reps congratulated Stettler for its efforts.

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