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Stirling town council minutes

Posted on July 13, 2023 by admin

By Kenyon Stronski
Westwind Weekly News

The following are selected briefs from the June 21 regular meeting of Stirling town council. 

Recognition:

Stirling council wanted to recognize the Community Events Committee for planning and organizing Settler Days as well as the other special and annual events the group manages, says the minutes. 

“It came to Administration’s attention that other communities in the region have had to cancel their summer festival due to lack of volunteers, so we would like to acknowledge the valuable contributions made by our Committee and all the volunteers who give their time to support our local events.”

Council also recognized Stirling’s team who participated in the Calgary FireFighter Stair Climb that took place on June 11 and raised a team total of $4,222 for Wellspring Alberta.

“The event raised a grand total of more than $305,000 for services that benefit cancer survivors and their families. Congratulations to the Stirling Fire Department team of Doug Cooper, Cody Mrak, Domanick Bene-Mrak, Daniel Rose, Kellyanne Pike along with honourary members Todd Nelson and Mayor Lewington all of whom climbed 1,370 steps or 57 floors of Brookfield Place as a part of the event. 

Items for Discussion:

A few bylaws and policies passed council’s desk at their meeting, with the first being a repeal of an old and approval of a new investment policy. Policy AR03-23 replaced Policy AR03-20.

Council also gave their third and final reading to Bylaw 537-23; their Underground Service and Road Crossing Bylaw while amending Bylaw 531-22. 

Council Committee Meeting Reports:

Mayor Trevor Lewington had a busy few weeks, where he participated in the Calgary Fire Fighter Stair Climb on June 11. He also attended the joint meeting of Mayors and Reeves of Southwest and Southeast Alberta which was held in Taber on June 16. In addition the Eco-Solar Tour in Stirling was hosted as part of a Lethbridge event on Saturday, June 17. Stirling provided three sites including a ground-mounted solar system, their pool and community centre as part of their program. 

Deputy Mayor Larry Nilsson visited the Michelsen Farmstead where they had marketed and advertised for weddings and tours. 

Coun. Gary Bikman attended the Chief Mountain Regional Solid Waste Service Commission where it was talked about a possible regional conversation and the development of a recycling program. 

Coun. Devynn Bohn sat on the Tourism and Economic Development Committee where they spoke on their strengths and weaknesses, such as their focus on local business owners being a strength, however citing their limited commercial and housing sector as a weakness. 

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