Mayerthorpe Town council discussed an application for Invest Canada, the Zamboni fix and the allocation of municipal grant funding during a regular meeting on April 23.
Council approved the application to the Invest Canada – Community Initiatives program. The project would be in partnership with other municipalities within Lac Ste. Anne County (LSAC).
The company would develop website content for the different municipalities that includes demographics and census data, industry and workforce information, potential opportunity areas and environmental, transportation, workforce and community services data.
There will be an ongoing cost to manage the platform of $15,000, which includes all 16 municipalities within LSAC.
Mayor Kate Patrick asked if it was similar to the current platform many municipalities are using.
“The two aren’t even comparable. Way better platform, way easier for the user to access the data,” replied Karen St. Martin, chief administration officer.
The Town’s Zamboni is in need of repairs and has already been repaired once in the past year. Due to this, there is no longer any funding within the 2018 budget to spend.
The problems can not be fixed in-house so the machine must be taken to the nearest repair company located in Edmonton.
Council approved the transfer of $7,500 from the recreation reserve to the Mayerthorpe Exhibition Centre to complete the inspection, transportation and any repairs.
If repairs are costly, council will consider purchasing a new, previously used Zamboni for around $25,000.
It was recommended during council’s policies and priorities meeting on April 17 that it give bylaw 1085, assessment review boards, a first reading.
Since the previous meeting, Reynolds Mirth Richards and Farmer LLP were consulted and the bylaw reflects the suggested changes.
The bylaw was approved for a first reading.