New Trackless gear is coming to Beaverlodge

Town of Beaverlodge

Regular Board Meeting

November 22, 2021

Presence: Mayor Gary Rycroft, councilors Cyndi Corbett, Judy Kokotilo-Bekkerus, Hugh Graw, Gena Jones, Cody Moulds, Cal Mosher.

New Trackless Equipment: Council approved $48,900 plus tax and shipping for a used trackless tractor.

The municipality currently has two Trackless tractors, a series 5 and a series 6; currently, the Series 5 unit is in poor condition, says Jeff Johnston, General Manager (CAO). The new one comes from the Series 6 range.

The new tractor will be equipped with multiple accessories that will be useful to the municipality, said the CAO.

Attachments include a new broom, boom mower and snow blower, Johnston said, and will be interchangeable with the city’s current Series 6 unit.

“It will improve our level of maintenance service, whether it’s winter or summer,” Johnston said.

Off-Road Vehicles in the City: Councilor Cody Molds raised residents’ concerns about the recent traffic by-law change that removed the use of off-road vehicles in the city.

The administration plans to focus on education, not enforcement, when rolling out the new terms of the settlement, Johnston said.

“It’s our responsibility to educate, and that’s really what we’re aiming for right now.”

He said he wanted to try out the settlement over the winter and summer and learn how it impacts the city.

While no official plan has been determined, Johnston thinks it’s possible the city’s peace officer will interact with residents and use a variety of media to explain the changes and why they needed to happen.

Council approved the changes due to liability issues related to uninsured and unlicensed vehicles being driven within city limits.

The CAO also told the News that a town hall could be held in the new year where residents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns.

The board will submit the bylaw for consideration in September 2022.

Amending the Municipal Development Plan: Council amended the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) to ensure a 50-year land supply to support the future growth of the city.

“Annexation in cooperation with the county would secure a 25 to 50 year supply of land for growth and set the boundaries for the city’s future,” Johnston said.

The city did not begin the negotiation process or even provide estimates of the size of the future annexation with the county; the CAO said this piece was added to the CDM to ensure it was part of the city’s development.

Beaverlodge Christmas Madness: Councilors want to participate in the Beaverlodge Christmas Madness this year.

The Beaverlodge Chamber of Commerce event will see councilors lending a helping hand to the council. Hugh Graw is getting a tree, councillor. Gena Jones helping to judge the Lighting Contest and Coun. Cal Mosher offers a helping hand with horse and wagon rides. Expect to see more councilors out and about this Friday handing out candy canes, said Legislative Services Coordinator Nichole Young.

The event takes place tomorrow downtown, with wagon rides, hot chocolate, tree lighting and extended shopping hours. For more information, check out the Beaverlodge Christmas Craze Facebook page.

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