Stettler town hall. (Lisa Joy/Stettler Independent)

Town of Stettler 2021 capital budget approved

Highlights of the budget include the Main Street streetscape and fire department upgrades

On Feb. 2nd, Town council approved the 2021 Capital Budget in the amount of $4,549,191.

The budget was initially introduced to council at the public Capital Budget Deliberation Session on Jan. 25th, where department heads from Operational Services, Parks and Leisure Services, Planning & Development, administration and the Stettler Regional Fire Department presented their proposed expenditures.

The primary focus of the budget is ongoing infrastructure renewal such as water line replacements, lift station upgrades, and roadway, sidewalk and pathway rehabilitation.

Key projects from the budget include the Mainstreet Streetscape, which involves the removal and replacement of existing watermain and lead services, concrete replacement, pedestrian bulbing, and aesthetic features such as planters and benches.

Additional operational projects include the second phase of the 44th Ave. rehabilitation between Hwy. 56 and Hwy. 12, and the construction of the south half of a type four intersection at Hwy. 12 and 80th St.

The Stettler Regional Fire Department has budgeted for several improvements, including the replacement of the radio system and a three-story drill tower for firefighter training.

“What all of administration and council carry unanimously is that this budget does not ignore any key projects that need to be done, like keeping our infrastructure intact and in modern condition, while still delivering some amenities so that this complex time we are in might have some bright spots,” said Mayor Sean Nolls.

The approval of the budget follows the adoption of the 2021 Interim Operating Budget on Dec. 15th.

In accordance with the Municipal Government Act, the Capital Budget includes a five year budget forecast, projecting into 2025.

The 2021 Capital Budget can be viewed in full at www.stettler.net/live/taxes .