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Saturday , 16 October 2021

In Elk Point: ATCO rates rising, water meter replacement

ATCO rates rise

The Town of Elk Point has agreed to increase the local franchise fee charged to ATCO Electric for the use of Municipal lands for its power lines effective January 1st, 2020.

According to a notice posted by the Town in local media, the increase “has been estimated at $1.72 per month based on the average consumption of 625 kwh per 30 days.”

Citizens are invited to bring forward concerns to CAO Ken Gwozdz until October 15.

During the summer, ATCO proposed that three power poles and LED lighting be installed in the area of 50th Street and 50th Avenue, resulting in an unbudgeted expenditure for the Town of $2726.55, to be taken from the Public Works Street operating budget.

Tender for Water Meter Replacement

The Town of Elk Point has been phasing out traditional residential water meters to be replaced by e-read meters and has 386 new meters still to be installed.

A tender package for contractors interested in completing the process will be advertised Nov. 1, with closing date Dec. 2 and contract award date Dec. 9.  Work is to be done in 2020.

Mayor for a Day

Recreation Director Cristin Tchir presented the idea of a contest for grade six students with the winner following Mayor Lorne Young in his duties for one day. Council supports the idea.

Deputy Mayor Debra McQuinn stated at the local council meeting on Sept. 23 that it would provide “an important twist on governance” to help children understand municipal affairs.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.