County councilors examined the results of two campground tenders, Battle Lake Park and Twin Lakes Park, presented by director of recreation Geoff Lynch. Photo by Stu Salkeld

County councilors examined the results of two campground tenders, Battle Lake Park and Twin Lakes Park, presented by director of recreation Geoff Lynch. Photo by Stu Salkeld

County of Wetaskiwin awards two campground contracts

Battle Lake, Twin Lakes both lost money last year

County of Wetaskiwin council awarded two campground operation contracts during their regular meeting Apr. 3.

Councilors examined the results of two campground tenders, Battle Lake Park and Twin Lakes Park, presented by director of recreation Geoff Lynch.

Battle Lake Park was free and open, said Lynch in his memo. “As of March 28, 2018, the previous park attendant for the 2017 season will no longer serve as the Battle Lake Park attendant,” noted Lynch in his report.

Lynch reported that “Scope of Work” for the Battle Lake Park contract included collection and deposit of fees, campsite maintenance, health and safety, firewood, picnic tables, garbage cans, buildings, grounds, supervision and general.

He also noted, “The contract is a one year term effective May 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 with an option of a three (3) year extension. The successful tender shall be required to pay the monthly rental rate of $250.00 per month for the residence at Battle Lake Park for the term of the contract.” Lynch also stated the caretaker was required in the contract to live in the residence at the campground.

Only one bid was received, from Michael Shopa, for $1,625.00 (May, June, July, August, September, October) which equals a $19,500 annual contract at a $25 hourly rate. Lynch provided Shopa resume for council to read.

Reeve Kathy Rooyakkers noticed a line in Lynch’s report that stated 2017 revenues were $32,801.86, while 2017 expenses were $40,296.88. She said it was disappointing the county lost $8,000, which could really add up if you look at all six of the county campgrounds.

Lynch noted camping fees were raised by $2 and signs were posted about collecting firewood.

Councilors approved awarding the Battle Lake Park tender to Shopa on a one year term with an option for a three-year extension. However, councilor Terry Van De Kraats voted against.

Twin Lakes tender

Lynch noted the county only received one bid on the Twin Lakes campground, from Shopa above. Twin Lakes duties were the same as Battle Lake. Shopa bid $4,000 (May, June, July, August, September, October), equaling a $24,000 annual contract or a $25 hourly rate.

Twin Lakes 2017 revenues, according to Lynch’s report, were $56,238.25, while expenses equaled $61,804.78.

Councilors approved awarding the tender to Shop on a six month term with a three year extension option. Van de Kraats also voted against this motion.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca