Stettler council briefs

Council renews fitness contract for rec centre equipment

By Kevin J. Sabo

For the Independent

Apple Fitness is going to remain the only provider of fitness equipment to the Town of Stettler.

In a unanimous decision made at the Dec. 18 meeting, council decided to extend the contract with Apple Fitness for three years with the possibility of renewal for another three to five years. Apple Fitness has been the provider to the SRC fitness centre for the last 12 years. The new agreement will shift focus to maintaining the current equipment through ongoing service and maintenance.

Total costs for the new contract were unavailable at press time.

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Other budgeting considerations for 2019

The contract for chemical supply used at the water plant was also discussed during the Dec. 18 meeting.

Chemical supply bids for the water plant are tendered annually and are budgeted for in the town operations budget. This year the water plant chemical budget is set for $165,000, and the main supplier will be Cleartech which will be supplying 12 of the 16 required chemicals. Brentag will be supplying three others, and Chemtrade will be supplying Aluminum Sulphate liquid, something that neither Cleartech or Brentag offered.

Passed bylaws will see service fee increase

Stettler council approved all three readings of Bylaw 2112-18-Local Improvement of 49 Ave and 67 St. The bylaw amends Bylaw 2024-11 for the legal description change due to a subdivision re-alignment.

Bylaw 2113-18-2019 Water Rates was also passed and came into effect Jan. 1. The variable water rate on the customers monthly bill will have a $0.01 per cubic meter of water increase, with the new in-town water rate being $2.80 per cubic meter of water. The fixed part of the bill will remain at $10.00 per month for water.

Bylaw 2114-18 2019 Sewer Rates Bylaw passed all three readings. The bylaw increases sewage rates by $0.25 a month, with the sewage portion of the town bill costing $22.50 per month. For other commercial and industrial sewage services the rate new rate will be 40 per cent of the users water bill with $22.50 being the minimum fee per month.

The third bylaw passed on Dec. 18 was the Waste Control/Garbage Rate Bylaw, which set residential garbage collection fees to $23.50 per month, a $0.25 increase.

The final bylaw passed was the recycling bylaw, which is also being raised $0.25 per month for a total curbside recycling fee of $6.50.

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