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County of Wetaskiwin council delays decision on safety codes contract

Councillors unhappy with safety codes contract

Rather than automatically renew the County of Wetaskiwin’s contract with safety codes organization Superior Safety Codes, councillors are requesting more information before making a decision on the matter.

Coun. Josh Bishop stated he feels the company’s fee schedule is difficult to understand and would like an explanation on how the rates are being charged.

David Blades, director of planning and economic development, informed council he believes the fees are consistent with other safety codes agencies.

“I would have liked to see it go out to tender,” said Reeve Kathy Rooyakkers.

“We should be doing our due diligence,” she added. “I don’t know if the fees went up. I’ve had several complaints,” she added.

Blades was unable to answer council’s questions regarding how Superior Safety Codes sets is fees, and if the fees have changed.

Bishop added it will be the residents paying the fees set in the schedule — not council — and he does not understand why it is councillors awarding the contract.

The matter will return during council’s April 12 planning and economic development meeting.