Residents will benefit from an improved sound system at the Stettler Community Hall after council agreed to upgrade the system.
Council, during their regular meeting Aug. 7, voted unanimously to spend $10,355 from capital reserves to buy equipment to enhance theatre performances.
“It will improve the clarity and boom factor, “ said Coun. Wayne Smith.
The town budgeted $290,000 for HVAC and lighting upgrades in the capital budget for the community hall. The tenders, however, came in substantially over budget so council rejected the tenders and directed administration to research alternative approaches that were more affordable.
Coun. Malcolm Fischer said the town rents out the hall “for good money” so it’s only fair that the town provides a good sound system.
The contract was awarded to Stettler’s Pfeiffer House of Music.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Greg Switenky told council in his report that earlier in 2018 Coun. Pfeiffer, who has extensive experience with sounds music and owns Pfeiffer House of Music, helped the town identify and install affordable improvements to the sound system at the HUB.
“Given the success and quality of this smaller sound system configuration/installation project, administration requested that he help identify needs and cost estimates for similar sound upgrades that could be included in council’s 2019 capital budget considerations.”
Coun. Scott Pfeiffer didn’t vote on the motion.