Mayor Helen Posti presented the Eckford trophy to Grade 12 student Noah Law. Photo submitted.

Town council highlights

Town council met for their regular meeting Nov. 27

Water pump grant fast tracked

During the recent AUMA Convention, Mayor Helen Posti, Counc. Darcy Webb and Chief Executive Officer, Jack Ramsden met with representatives from Alberta Transportation to discuss grant funding for the Town’s water plant upgrade project. Upon learning the deadline for the next round of grants is Nov. 30, council agreed to fast track the application process.

Access to funding through the Alberta Municipal Water and Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP) will upgrade the existing system by powering the pump house with a single backup generator. In the case of an emergency, the generator will allow the water distribution to continue operating.

Should the grant be offered to the town, the pump house will also be modernized with equipment for automation and an alarm system to “allow for safe, reliable drinking water for the Town,” wrote Ramsden in the formal application letter.

Budget deferred to new year

The budget meeting was originally planned for Dec. 6 but with three new members, council decided to defer the meeting to the New Year to allow time for the new members to become familiar with the Town’s operating revenues, expenses, and grant allocations available to the Town.

Since the Municipal Government Act (MGA) requires council to pass a 2018 budget before the beginning of the year, council passed an interim budget what will be addressed again in January.

Delegation from CAEP

Kimberley Worthington of Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP)presented to council, showing how the organization works with communities in Central Alberta to encourage economic growth by providing resources and developing strategic partnerships.

Thank you letter for award

Grade 12 student Noah Law received the Eckford trophy from the Town this year. The trophy and $1000 is given to the high school graduate who is deemed to have contributed the most to the school scholastically, athletically and as a student leader. The class votes with the principal and staff making the final decision. Law thanked Mayor Posti and council in a hand-written letter:

“I have enjoyed being a part of this community in the past and look forward to continuing…in the future. Thank you very much… for truly making my Grade 12 year memorable.”



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