The Town of Stettler is seeing better prices in its annual chemical purchasing program.

 Councillors approved the chemical purchasing prices at their Dec. 5 regular meeting.

Councillors pondered a report from Director of Operational Services Melissa Robbins on the purchase of important chemicals needed by certain parts of the municipal infrastructure.

“Every year a chemical supply bid is sent to suppliers for process chemicals at the water treatment plant,” stated Robbins in her report to council.

 “Historically, the plant uses an average of $195,000 annually for chemicals.

 “The 2024 operating budget for chemical purchase is set at $200,000. 

“Chemical prices for 2024 have stabilized from 2023, where we previously saw extreme price increases over the previous year pricing.

 “Moving forward into 2024, we expect to be slightly under the 2024 budget allocation of $200,000.”

During discussion Assistant Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Steven Gerlitz agreed chemical prices have calmed considerably from last year.

 “The prices are very, very good,” said Gerlitz.

Councillors unanimously approved the chemical supply bids as presented.

Museum budget

Gerlitz presented the 2024 Stettler Town and Country Museum budget, noting the museum board’s request for funding, $35,000, was the same as last year.

 “The volun-teer museum board continues to do a fantastic job in operating, maintaining and enhancing the museum site,” stated the staff memo.

The meeting agenda included a letter from the museum board.

 “The finan-cial support of our municipal-ities, enriched with a continuum of part time staff and volunteers have made the museum what it is today,” stated the letter. 

“Our tourist base is primarily Albertan, many of whom come off the QE2 and ‘find a gem.’

“Museum staff/volunteers work contin-uously to create a fantastic facility for the commun-ity and visitors, while preserving the heritage of Stettler and area.

 Fundraising events have continued to grow and in turn the off-season events have summer visitors returning to see more about our museum.”

The letter also included an extensive list of projects, activities and work the museum tackled in 2023, including the 2023 Canada Day celebration which attracted 1,550 visitors through partnership with FCSS, Town of Stettler and the Stettler Public Library, with volunteers noting they’re starting to see “Red Deer people” come back every year, plus many more events.

During discussion Coun. Travis Randell, council’s representative to the museum board, noted that organization continues to do a great job while being very fiscally responsible. 

He said the museum is also very good at partnering with other community groups, and felt the 2024 budget request was reasonable.

Councillors unanimously approved the museum’s 2024 budget.

Gap in coverage?

During the 2024 budget presentation of Stettler & District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) the topic of a gap in service delivery came up. 

Board member Galicia Long presented the report to council that was prepared by FCSS Executive Director Shelly Walker, who wasn’t present at the meeting.

During discussion, Long stated that the Government of Alberta’s Alberta Works office in Stettler apparently has a policy on face-to-face client meetings that’s resulted in some work for Stettler FCSS.

According to Long, in practice the Alberta Works office forwards certain work to FCSS stemming from the provincial government office’s policy on no face-to-face contact.

Mayor Sean Nolls, referring to certain office closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, stated he thought the Alberta Works office was fully open to the public again.

Long stated the forwarded work illustrates a gap.

Xmas gift to staff

Councillors unanimously agreed by resolution to increase the dollar value of “Stettler Bucks” offered to municipal staff at Christmas time.

During discussion Mayor Nolls stated he was in favour of boosting the amount offered to each employee to $400. 

Nolls added Stettler is a wonderful place to live and the town staff play a huge role in that.

By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Dec 15, 2023 at 09:53

This item reprinted with permission from   East Central Alberta Review   Coronation, Alberta

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