By Kevin J. Sabo
For the Independent
The “Wellings of Stettler,” a proposed 432 seniors residential complex on the west end of Stettler has taken another step forward.
Council received the subdivision application for the first phase of the project during their July 6th council meeting.
“It’s a standard approval,” said Stettler Chief Administrative Officer Greg Switenky.
“It meets required legislation, there are no concerns there.”
One concern about the proposal was brought forward by Coun. Malcolm Fischer, who said that he had someone ask what is happening with the wetlands on the proposed project.
“They are doing a wetlands assessment as part of this process,” said Director of Operations Melissa Robbins.
Based on the plans, the developer, Stantec Consulting, is going to work to preserve the wetlands in the development zone, with the first phase of the project being built on the north side of the existing wetlands, and the second phase being built on the south side.
Coun. Gord Lawlor said that he had heard from five residents himself, all in favour of the project.
“They’ve all basically been, when do we sign up?” said Lawlor.
The project is currently undergoing the approvals process, and it is not known when the project will begin construction.
Stettler council has approved the purchase of a new sidewalk tractor.
Smaller and narrower than Bobcat-type equipment, these machines are used to keep the sidewalks clean of snow in wintertime, as well as other work.
The current machine, purchased in 2008, is at the end of its service life. The purchase was accounted for in the 2021 Capital Budget as well.
The Town of Stettler placed a request for bids on the Alberta Purchasing Connection website and received four. Council followed administration’s recommendation, awarding the tender to Superior Truck Equipment Inc. for a total purchase price of just over $113,000 for the unit.
However, since they Town opted to change brands of unit, additional tools, such as a broom and sand-spreader needed to be purchased as well, bringing the total cost to $152,000, well under the $160,000 budget.
Also included in the 2021 Capital Budget was the purchase of a new tandem truck.
Administration initially priced out the cost for a 2021 model year truck, however due to a worldwide shortage in computer chips, the delivery of any new truck ordered would not occur until sometime well into 2022.
With that thought in mind, administration looked at other options and found a new 2020 model year tandem on a lot in Red Deer. Delivery for the new unit is less than four weeks.
Total costs for the vehicle, including the installation of a new gravel box and a five-year extended warranty (making for a total of eight years’ worth of warranty) are around $195,000 before GST.
Total budget for the replacement of the vehicle was $200,000 coming out of the 2021 capital budget.