Mayor Helen Posti thanked councillors Stuart Carde, Sandra Hallgren and Scott Kinley for their service over the past four years at the Oct. 10 town council meeting. Photo by Myra Nicks/Eckville Echo

Town Council moves to apply for Alberta 2018 Recycling Grant Program

Eckville Town Council met for its regular meeting on Oct. 10

Town council discussed the need for upgrades to the Spray Park and applying for an Alberta Recycling grant that uses recycled tire products in public projects. The rubber matting would make the park less slippery and a little safer for kids using the facility during the summer.

“Considering how much we raised for the spray park, maybe we would be a good candidate for the grant,” said Coun. Sandra Hallgren.

Coun.Hallgren moved the council apply for the grant and all voted in favour.

Update to electronic funds transfer policy

Funds deposited online on the morning of the tax due date for a group of seven property owners who have their taxes paid by a mortgage company did not make it to the Town of Eckville until after business hours. The mortgage company wrote a public letter requesting the applied late penalties be forgiven.

The discussion led to town council deciding they need to develop an electronic funds transfer policy to ensure payments are deposited in time to avoid penalties.

Communities in Bloom

Councillors Colleen Ebden and Sandra Hallgren reported they planted 650 flower bulbs including 125 yellow tulips around the Eckville town sign. Their effort came out of the inspiration they got at the Communities in Bloom conference.

“We’ve got enough to do in front of the town office,” Hallgren said.

The pair planted a variety of bulbs that will grow annually and will require very little upkeep to continue producing once they get started.

“There should be blooms all summer,” Hallgren said.

Arena Annual General Meeting

Coun. Kevin See reported on the arena annual general meeting. They are looking at putting in grant application to assist in some upgrades to the building after an engineer takes a look at what needs to be done and provides a quote on the cost.

Eckville to host Volleyball provincials

Eckville, home of the Aces boys volleyball team, will be hosting the Nov. 22 to 25 Provincial 1A Boys Volleyball Championships. Town council will be donating door prizes and water for the event.

Goodbye to three council members

After the municipal election Councillors Stuart Carde, Sandra Hallgren and Scott Kinley will be moving on to other endeavours. Mayor Helen Posti thanked them for their service and presented each of them with a framed print of a watercolour painting of a wooden granary.

Upcoming events

The fire department’s toy drive for Santa’s Anonymous will be happening on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire hall. The town tree lighting ceremony will be held on Nov. 30 at the Legion. The ceremony will be from 5 – 7 p.m with the tree lighting happening afterwards.

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