Eckville Town Council gives the Sawatsky Group exclusive rights to sell and place manufactured homes in the Westview Residential Subdivision during the Jan. 8 meeting. Pictured: Council with A1 Homes representative, Adam Martin and Alberta Customer Homes representative, Dezeree Labelle sitting on either side of Mayor Helen Posti. Photo by Myra Nicks/Eckville Echo

Town to work with manufactured home group

Council approved an exclusive agreement with the Sawatsky Group and the sale of Town wastewater

Sawatsky Group gains exclusive rights to Westview

Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sawatsky Group to give them exclusive rights to sell and place manufactured homes in the Westview Residential Subdivision. The Town developed and owns the subdivision located in the northwest corner of the municipality.

Representatives from two of the companies in the group were at the meeting. Dezeree Labelle served as the representative from Alberta Custom Homes. She said her company is “proud to be working closely with Eckville.”

“Our company works with subdivisions across Canada and Eckville’s subdivision is by far the nicest one yet. We are excited to see what this year brings, ” Labelle wrote in an email.

Adam Martin was at the meeting representing A1 Homes and said his company is “delighted to be partnering with the Town of Eckville and its new subdivision.”

“The architectural guidelines of Westview subdivision, makes it one of the most admirable subdivisions we have had the pleasure of working within the 50 years we have been in the modular home industry,” Martin wrote in an email.

There are a total of four companies in the group with Best Buy Homes and Commonwealth Homes also included.

All the lots are ready to go and Council is planning to sell the lots through its administrative staff as opposed to through a realty company to retain control of lot sales. The sales of the homes themselves will be taken care of by the Sawatsky Group offices in Alberta while the Town will give tours to prospective buyers through the show homes, referred to as “Sale and Display” and “Turn Key” by the Sawatsky Group.

Town wastewater to be used for completing oil and gas wells

In a unanimous decision council agreed for the Town’s wastewater to be sold to Canadian Coastal Resources Ltd. (CCRL) to be used in oil and gas well completion. The plan is for the treated effluent to be pumped out of the lagoons in mid to late February through a temporary above ground pipeline to the company well site. The rate per cubic metre is $1, and it is estimated the sale of the wastewater will bring in approximately $40,000 to the Town.

“If we could do this every year it would would be great; every other year it would be pretty nice,” said Jack Ramsden, chief administrative officer (CAO) for the Town.

Crime fair

The Community Crime Prevention Information Fair will be held in the Eckville Community Centre on Jan. 25 from 7 – 9 p.m. At the moment there are 10 tables of presenters with the council expecting several more before the event.

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