Inaugural winter festival to light up Wetaskiwin

The City of Wetaskiwin is putting forth a maximum of $55,725 to light city hall for Christmas and partake...

The City of Wetaskiwin is putting forth a maximum of $55,725 to light city hall for Christmas and partake in the first Wetaskiwin Winter Warm-up.

Councillors discussed lighting options and other expenses during their Sept. 26 meeting following a presentation and funding request from the Wetaskiwin Community Engagement Committee.

Council choose the second lighting option, which comes in at $30,009. Other budgetary items for the city include marketing, $11,416; decorating, $28,908; venue rentals, $1,017; entertainment, $5,470; food/hosting, $1,910; city services in kind, $1,500; and a contingency fund, $1,500.

The total Wetaskiwin Community Engagement Committee budget for 2016 is $35,000.

There is a possibility the funds needed by the city could be reduced if grants are awarded for the event, which takes place Nov. 25 and 26.

Funding is included in the 2016 municipal budget for the event.

“My concern is where the addition is coming from in the budget,” said Coun. June Boyda. The money, at this time, will come from unspecified reserves.

Coun. Joe Branco questioned how the lights would be stored and council was informed they are meant to stay up year-round so there would not be future installation costs, making the lights themselves a one-time capital purchase.

The festival will begin Nov. 25 with the city’s annual Santa Claus Parade, followed by the lighting of City Hall. Nov. 26 includes a pancake breakfast and meet-and-greet with Santa, a craft sale, ice sculptures, entertainment and winter activities. Two contests, one to name the moose mascot and a second the home business decorating contest, will run for the event.

 

Just Posted

Canadians continue to fight local hunger

CP Holiday Train comes to Wetaskiwin Dec. 6

Kittens rescued after allegedly being tossed from vehicle

Couple finds abandoned kittens new home through Facebook

Semi collides with Car on Highway 2 near Millet

Members of the Millet Fire Department respond to a call on Highway 2 south of Millet

Semi collides with vehicle on Highway 2

Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit dealt with a call on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

Municipal Affairs creates work group to address requisition taxes

Economic climate: a breeding ground of tax collection challenges

Veterans who have considered suicide noted in national Remembrance Day service

Studies suggest veterans are more at risk than active service members

B.C. man sentenced to 4 years for harassing ex-wife through revenge website

Patrick Fox was found guilty by a jury in June of criminally harassing his ex-wife Desiree Capuano

Comedian Louis C.K. says allegations of sexual misconduct are true

C.K. is the latest high-profile man caught in a flood of accusations

Merritt Mountie charged with assault

Charges are in relation to an incident in May at the detachment, B.C. Prosecution Service said

Former Canadian international Adam Kleeberger to coach new rugby generation

Kleeberger retired from elite rugby in the summer of 2015

VIDEO: #280characters comes to Twitter

Social media site says it expects most users to stick to short tweets

VIDEO: Tax haven controversy deals another body blow to Trudeau’s middle-class brand

‘Paradise Papers’ revealed off-shore accounts for several Liberal associates

Cut down on court delays by supporting victims of crime: ombudsman

Canada’s top court recently imposed trial time limits

Most Read