Wetaskiwin city aiming at ditch upgrade after special meeting July 11

Wetaskiwin sets aside almost $300K for ditch upgrade; agreement required with nearby landowner

The City of Wetaskiwin decided to upgrade a ditch on the south side of the city after a special council meeting was held July 11.

The meeting saw two councilors, Patricia MacQuarrie and June Boyda, physically absent but trying to attend via Skype, a teleconferencing technology. However, city staff couldn’t get the Skype to operate fully; MacQuarrie and Boyda were visible on TV, but their audio was missing. Councilor Tyler Gandam patched their audio through his laptop.

The drainage ditch issue was not originally listed on the meeting agenda; instead, an “in-camera” session was listed. “In-camera” is a private session where only councilors and certain staff may sit in, usually to protect contractual information, staff issues and a few other topics. Council may not make any formal decisions “in-camera” and can only do so once the “in-camera” session is closed.

The Pipestone Flyer contacted mayor Bill Elliot July 13 to find out if council passed motions. He said they did, and the issue was pertaining to a drainage ditch that needed rebuilding but the city found that the easement hadn’t been registered.

Eliot said the city plans to allow a nearby landowner to use the property in question after an agreement has been hammered out.

The location in question is in the 37 Ave area in front of the Masco office, east of the tracks.

According to the unofficial meeting minutes, after adjourning the “in-camera” session, councilor Bert Horvey moved that council approve the redevelopment of the ditch located on lot 9, block 53, plan 7821171 subject to the property owner entering into a utility right of way and an easement agreement with the cost at no more than $290,060 with funds coming from the water reserve. It was passed unanimously.

Just Posted

Wetaskiwin Alberta driver arrested after driving in wrong lane

Wetaskiwin RCMP arrest female for drug trafficking

UPDATED Man charged after child abandoned in cold vehicle in Calmar

UPDATED 33 year old man charged after two-month old found in vehicle

Rosebrier Rural Crime Watch AGM Apr. 3

RCMP guest speakers, video clip on the agenda

Wetaskiwin Chamber looks to formally unite with Leduc

Wetaskiwin president Di Lallo announces during AGM Mar. 16

Midget B teams converge on Wetaskiwin for provincials

Ten teams qualify for Wetaskiwin-based provincials

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Packaging will include red stop sign with marijuana leaf and ‘THC’

Pro-Trump protest sign with F-word is OK, court rules

Judges say Ontario man can protest publicly, even using vulgar language

UPDATE: Shane McPhee sentenced to six years in prison

A Red Deer man was sentenced in the killing of William Blaine Baker

Privacy watchdog to explore Facebook leak

Canadian expert says his analytics company helped Trump campaign capitalize on private Facebook info

Woman struck and killed by self-driving Uber vehicle

Ride-hailing company suspends all road-testing of such vehicles in U.S. and Canada

Herr Lecture Series focuses in on global refugee crisis

Amnesty International Canada Secretary-General Alex Neve was in Lacombe Sunday

Wetaskiwin Alberta driver arrested after driving in wrong lane

Wetaskiwin RCMP arrest female for drug trafficking

Police investigate alleged theft from Ponoka hardware store

Suspect tells Ponoka clerk he was “borrowing” the items

US would host majority of games at 2026 World Cup

A decision on the winning bid will be made June 13 at the FIFA Congress in Mexico

Most Read