Elk Point’s fee-free library is available to everybody. Patrons may take courses on the computers; borrow books, magazines, movies; enjoy socializing while building puzzles or knitting; stay in shape with stretching and toning exercises; hold non-profit meetings; participate in fundraisers with Friends of the Library; or just relax in a warm, friendly environment.
Serviced Industrial Lots for Sale
Approximately 10 serviced industrial lots are currently available for purchase in the north subdivision along highway 41. To encourage these sales, the town is offering the four real estate agencies in Elk Point one lot each. The lots are to be listed at $90 000 per acre, and will provide a commission of $5000 for each sale.
Donating Taxpayers’ Money
A request from the Elk Point Palliative Care Society to donate to the “Tree of Hope” campaign sparked discussion on appropriate use of taxpayers’ money. While town council cannot contribute money to every organization, a donation of $50 was approved. As councillor Dwayne Yaremkevich said, “The Palliative Care Society services benefit anyone in the community who requires end-of-life care. Many of us have spent time there with loved ones.”
Following discussion at the organizational meeting in October, a request was made to compare Elk Point councillors’ compensation with that of other municipalities. While details regarding amounts paid for meeting, meal, accommodation, and technology allowances differed among the communities surveyed (Millet, Provost, Coalhurst, Magrath, Calmar, Tofield, Vulcan and Lamont) the total value of remuneration for Elk Point councillors was within the range. Councillor Terri Hampson noted, “We can go forward from here with confidence.” Administration will draft a policy.
Letestu Recognition Delayed
The recreation department has a plan to erect a sign recognizing local NHL star Mark Letestu of the Edmonton Oilers. However, the owner of his photo has requested $30 000 for the rights to use it. So, the sign design is currently on hold!