County extends lease of possible future lagoon land

A lease on two sections of land Wetaskiwin county council is saving for sewage lagoon expansion is being renewed...

A lease on two sections of land Wetaskiwin county council is saving for sewage lagoon expansion is being renewed at a new, extended time period, also with a proposed delayed rate increase.

In the past council has renewed the lease on a yearly basis but at its April 14 meeting approved a 5-year lease plan at $1,050 per lot per year, with a 25 per cent cost increase after year three.

For the first two years the county has set the rate at $6 per acre. Council was told the land is not valued higher because it is deemed passable for only pasture.

“My recommendation is we go ahead with the lease,” said assistant CAO Rod Hawken.

Coun. Larry McKeever was one of multiple councilors to feel the price the county was charging to rent out the land is to low and he inquired what pasture land is worth elsewhere. Coun. Keith Johnson estimates it would be between $20 and $30 per acre.

Reeve Kathy Rooyakkers says with the land quality and location new the sewage lagoon it would be difficult to rent out. Erwin Wolter of Pigeon Creek Farms has always stepped up to rent the land with the understanding council may eventually need it for a lagoon expansion or setbacks.

“I was just thinking $6 seems a little bit low. I was hoping since we’re going long term we could go a little bit higher,” said McKeever.

Coun. Lyle Seely also felt the price should be increased, for it sits to far below fair market value. “It’s a little to low.”

 

Just Posted

Field scouting in July

Field scouting can lead to more successful crop production

Sink hole from rain causes sewer line issue

Affected residents can now safely flush toilets

Wind, wet lodging crops in fields

By Ponoka News Staff The rain may help with moisture concerns but… Continue reading

Alder Flats 4-H Multi Club Report

4-H kids visited aerial park in Edmonton

Mexican recipes for Dora’s Kitchen this week

Tasty enchilada recipe has two types of chilies

Fashion Fridays: 5 casual summer dress styles

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Buccaneers pillage Irish 36-0

Central Alberta bounces back after off week against Wolfpack

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

Bashaw seed cleaning plant holds official opening

New facility operating well since January

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Chiefs honour Indigenous leader wrongfully hanged in B.C. 154 years ago today

Chief Joe Alphonse says they want his remains returned to his homeland in B.C.’s Cariboo region

Most Read