Town of Stettler council held it first meeting in the town’s new office building on Oct. 6.
Council had a fairly light agenda for the meeting in the spacious council chambers in the building shared by Clearview School Division at the northeast corner of Main Street and 50 Avenue (Highway 56).
Council endorsed draft design guidelines for development on the highway gateways to the Town of Stettler as part of the draft inter-municipal development plan with the County of Stettler.
“We have the ability to modify these guidelines,” said Mayor Dick Richards, chairing his first meeting after becoming mayor on Sept. 25, succeeding Jim Hunter who resigned in July when he was promoted to a provincial court judge from lawyer.
Guidelines were presented to town and county representatives by Berry Architecture and Associates at a meeting on Sept. 28.
– Old pool coming down
Stettler’s old Centennial Pool at 4902 – 54 Street continues on the path of history as the building continues to get dismantled under Golder Associates.
Council authorized administration to tender out work to remove asbestos and to demolish the building of the pool that opened in 1976 and closed in 2006 when the new leisure pool opened at Stettler Recreation Centre.
Golder discovered asbestos on the north and south cinderblock walls, the boiler brick and insulation and the incandescent light paper backing while inspecting the structure in August.
Electrical and gas services were recently disconnected by ATCO,
– Organizational Meeting
Council set its annual organizational meeting for Oct. 20, the next regular council meeting which is the day after the byelection the vacant councilor seat.
– Meeting with MLA
Council plans to meet with Drumheller-Stettler MLA Jack Hayden in a few weeks to discuss various issues such as healthcare and hospital concerns and the future of reduced funding from provincial grant programs in the next few years.