By Kevin J. Sabo
For the Independent
Town of Stettler council has awarded a heater replacement contract to Stettler’s Action Plumbing.
Due to being past their expected life spans, the heaters in the Stettler Recreation Centre Arenas need to be replaced, and around $62,000 was budgeted for the project in 2020; however, like many other things, the pandemic prevented the project from moving forward. The 2020 funds are being brought forward to complete the project.
Three companies presented proposals for the project to council. Keith’s Refrigeration brought in a proposal of $35,300, Burmac Mechanical brought forward a proposal with an estimated cost of $56,500, and Action Plumbing presented a plan to do the work at a cost of around $19,500.
When asked by council why the Action Plumbing tender came in significantly lower compared to the others, they were informed that Action Plumbing intended to reuse as much of the existing materials as possible, essentially only replacing the “guts” of the heaters.
Council, comfortable that staff were also comfortable with the proposal, moved to award the contract to Action Plumbing.
Director of Emergency Management appointment
With the resignation of the Stettler Regional Emergency Management Agency Director Lee Hardman at the end of December, the authority of the role automatically reverted back to the Chief Administrative Officers of the individual communities, until a new director can be named. Community Peace Officer for the County of Stettler Clint Sime was appointed as Director of Emergency Management during the Dec. 13th County of Stettler Council meeting. During the Jan. 19th Town of Stettler council meeting, council moved to also appoint Clint Sime as the Town of Stettler’s Director of Emergency Management.
With the Stettler Recreation Centre currently shut down due to the rules surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Stettler staff have been busy helping people be able to enjoy outdoor recreation.
In addition to expanding outdoor skating rinks, the Town of Stettler staff also recently completed a skating oval on the grounds of the Stettler Campground and used the Town’s new snow blower to throw fresh snow onto the two toboggan hills.
“Recreation, especially during these times, is really important (for) keeping our community in a better mental capacity,” said Chief Administrative Officer Greg Switenky.
The next Town of Stettler council meeting will be held Feb. 2nd.