Town council in session. Photo by Myra Nicks/Eckville Echo

Town council in session. Photo by Myra Nicks/Eckville Echo

Eckville to provide new ECG machine for urgent care

Eckville’s Town Council met for is regular meeting on Nov. 14

Eckville Town Council met last night for their regular meeting. One of the highlights of the meeting was the announcement from Mayor Helen Posti that Eckville will be providing the ECG machine needed for the new Advanced Ambulatory Care Service.

Public open house approved for Intermunicipal Development Plan

Council approved a public open house to give the community a chance to provide input on revisions to the Intermunicipal Development Plan. The Town of Eckville and Lacombe County are in the process of reviewing the Intermunicipal Development Plan that was approved back in 2009. Future growth for both municipalities is included in the plan on a broad scale and creates a base for intermunicipal discussion and collaboration as development occurs in and around the urban fringe of the Town.

The public is invited to a public open house to be held January 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eckville Legion to provide their input on the development plan.

To review details of the proposed amendments, they can be found on the Lacombe County website:

For those unable to attend the open house, you are still able to address comments or submissions to Dale Freitag, manager of planning services for Lacombe County or Jack Ramsden, Chief Executive Officer (CAO) of the Town of Eckville.

Dale Freitag, Manager of Planning Services

RR3, Lacombe AB, T4L 2N3


Jack Ramsden, CAO

Box 578, Eckville AB, T0M 0X0

(403) 746-2171

Westview residential subdivision loan payment

Counc. Kevin See moved that proceeds from the sale of Town owned lots be used to pay the principal outstanding on the $700,000 term loan the Town took out to help finance the construction of Phase 1 of the Westview Residential Subdivision.

The Town has had a successful year of their lots being sold. Four lots in total were sold; one in Westview, two in McDonald Heights and a manufactured home with lot on 53 St.

The motion was carried. This means making this lump sum payment will lower the principal balance outstanding by $202,000 based on current land sales. Since there are no restrictions on the loan repayment, the Town intends to pay off the debt as quickly as possible with the proceeds of future lots sales.

Snow routes discussion

With winter closing in, administration suggesteda proposed snow removal map with three levels of priority to ensure main roadways are cleared. The proposed map is based loosely based on arterial, collector and local road functions as well as the trail and simplifies the previous maps that had five levels of priority.

Council discussed getting a map of the priorities out to the public in the Town newsletter to raise public awareness of when their area will be plowed. Council also discussed putting out signs for Priority 2 and 3 areas so people have time to move their vehicles before the snow plow comes through.

Coun. Ken Chapman moved that the proposed snow routes be approved as presented by administration for 2017-18. The motion was carried.

Budget and strategic planning meetings scheduled

Administration has already started working on the 2018 budget. Council will meet on Dec. 6 to discuss the budget for the new year. Council will hold their strategic planning sessions on Feb. 4 and 5, 2018.

Eckville provides ECG machine for Advanced Ambulatory Care Service

Money that was donated to the Memorial Fund has been allocated towards and ECG machine to be used in the new Advanced Ambulatory Care Service at the Sylvan Lake Community Health Centre.

Library silent auction

A silent auction to raise funds for library related costs will be held from Nov. 21 to early Dec.

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