Information and Updates - New County Shop

Project Update - New County Public Works Facility

In 2012 the County of Stettler Council acknowledged the need to assess the condition and current needs of the County Shop and Offices. A committee was formed and the investigation began. Below you will find a history and a timeline which has led to the construction of a new Public Works Facility , as well as up-to-date information on the status of this decision. Proposed Drawing for the New Shop.

Local Suppliers and Trades

who have worked on, or where supplies have been purchased for the new
Public Works Facility:


1)  North Star Trucking Ltd
2)  Digger Construction
3)  Atco Power
4)  Alta Gas
5)  Zenith Enterprise Ltd
6)  Edge Bobcat Service
7)  Wally's Backhoe Services Ltd
8)  Valley Green Landscaping
9)  Spade Septic
10) Hennel Oilfield Salvage
11) Diablo Directional Boring Ltd
12) Foam Feeders
 13) Dean's Machine Shop
14) Jensen Interiors
15) Klassen Construction
16) Stettler Custom Cabinets



1)  Home Hardware
2)  UFA
3)  Pro H2O
4)  Canalta Hotel
5)  Tim Hortans
6)  Boston Pizza
7)  Stettler Pizza
8)  SubWay
9)  A &W
10) KFC
11) Sean's No Frills
12) Fast Gas  
13) Stettler Custom Cabinets

​Storm Ponds - Pretty or Practical?

Why does the new County Public Works Facility have ponds-are you spending money unnecessarily?

As part of the regulatory approvals required for subdivision and site developments, designs are required to take into account changes to the storm water runoff in both quantity and quality. Storm ponds are commonly used as a method of detaining flow and improving water quality before release to the natural environment.
Generally, run-off from newly developed sites and subdivisions are required to be released at rates the same or slower than what was in place pre-development. The addition of hard surfaced roads, graveled sites and buildings increase the rate at which water runs off the site and depending on the site use, contaminants may be present on the runoff that require removal.
The entire site is graded to drain into a storm pond (often with the exception of small landscaped buffers on the perimeter) which may be by design a “dry” or “wet” pond.  The size of the ponds are generally designed to account for volumes associated with major storm events.  
A dry pond, as we installed in Erskine East Subdivision, will generally detain runoff flow for a short period of time before controlled release to the natural overland drainage routes. These “dry” ponds are often grassed and can act as park space as they do not maintain normal water levels. 
A “wet” pond, as constructed at the new Public Works Facility site is designed to maintain a certain level of water full-time, and provides surge storage for major storm events before controlled release to the natural overland drainage routes.
Ponds are also designed to clean the runoff by introducing the runoff in one end and releasing from the other. The wet ponds are designed with cells that allow water levels to build up and overflow between cells. The contaminants will settle in the upstream cells providing for improved water quality as the runoff water leaves the site. The “wet” ponds can also provide for natural habitat for wetland vegetation and associated species which also serve to assist in the cleaning process of the water as it travels through the pond system.
Stormwater Management Guidelines for the Province of Alberta can be found at 

Council Makes Public and Employee Safety a Top Priority

Administration presented the most viable financial option for Council to consider at the July 13 meeting. Council chose to allocate $3 Million from County reserves, $6 Million from MSI Grant funding over the next three years which has been confirmed from the Provincial Government for 2016, 2017, and 2018, and the County will reduce their operational spending by $521,000 over the next two years.

More Details on Decision to Build
Projected Budget - New Public Works Facility - Updated July 13, 2016
Council Motions Re: Construction of the New Shop and Field Office Facility

County residents vote 'No' to Bylaw authorizing County to borrow $5.2 million

County residents voted ‘NO’ in a vote of the electorate held Monday, June 27, with the advance vote being held Thursday, June 23, 2016.
The vote posed a question to County of Stettler No. 6 residents, “Are you in favor of Council passing Bylaw 1564-16 authorizing the borrowing of $5,261,000.00 for the construction of a new County Public Works Shop Facility?” 
Exactly 1047 eligible voters weighed in on the issue at voting stations throughout the County, with 54% of voters saying no to a new shop facility and 46% of the voters saying yes.

Council will host Public Information Sessions

prior to the Vote of Electors regarding Borrowing Bylaw 1564-16. The public is encouraged to attend and ask Council questions of the proposed new facility; view the plans for the proposed new shop and tour the existing Public Works Shop.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

at the Public Works Shop OR

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

at the Public Works Shop.
6602-44 Avenue, Stettler AB.
For more information call 403-742-4111.

June 8, 2016


Council will hold a Vote of Electors

in regards to Borrowing Bylaw 1564-16 - to authorize the County to borrow $5,261,000 for the construction of a new Public Works Shop. Advance vote will take place Thursday, June 23 from Noon-6:00 PM at the Stettler Ag Centre, Heritage Room. Voting day will happen on Monday, June 27, 2016. Click here for a link to the Voting Stations for June 27. Voters may cast their vote at any of the voting stations on June 27, regardless of which ward they reside in.

June 7, 2016


Petition # 2 Declared Sufficient:

 "We the electors of the County of Stettler #6, Request [sic] a vote of the electors regarding bylaw 1564-16 (borrowing bylaw), for a new county public works shop facility".

June 7, 2016


Petition # 3 Declared Insufficient:

 "Petition to defeat the resolution as discribed [sic] pertaining to bylaw 1564-16 for the construction of new county work shop for the County of Stettler #6 until no earlier than the municipal election of 2017".

May 17, 2016 - Two petitions (Petition #2 and Petition #3) are filed with the County of Stettler. The CAO for the County has 30 days to determine if the petitions are sufficient and meet all of the technical and substantial requirements prescribed under the guidelines of the Municipal Government Act. 

Petition # 2 states: "We the electors of the County of Stettler #6, Request [sic] a vote of the electors regarding bylaw 1564-16 (borrowing bylaw), for a new county public works shop facility".
Petition #3 states: "Petition to defeat the resolution as discribed [sic] pertaining to bylaw 1564-16 for the construction of new county work shop for the County of Stettler #6 until no earlier than the municipal election of 2017".

Information Update - April 21, 2016​ -

An informational piece mailed out to ratepayers and advertised in local newspapers, outlining the history of the decision to build a new shop and next steps. 

Proposed New Public Works Shop Drawings

April 20, 2016 - Council votes in favor of moving ahead with a new shop.

​Project site work estimate is $1.5 million new shop estimate is $7.6 million.Council will finance by using $2 million from reserves, $1 million from MSI grant funding in 2016 and $1 million in MSI grant funding in 2017 and borrow $5.2 million from Alberta Capital Finance at *3.084% over 30 years. (*Based on Alberta Capital Finance rate for April 16, 2016, subject to change). 

Borrowing Bylaw 1564-16 New Public Works Shop Facility 

was given first reading and will be advertised for two weeks then brought back to May 11, 2016 Council meeting. Council requested an Information Update be sent to ratepayers, and advertised via local media, explaining why they made the decision to move ahead with a New Public Works Shop Facility.

Council will meet Wednesday, April 20, 2016 to discuss how to proceed.


Council votes against holding a plebiscite, and instead kills Borrowing Bylaw 1558-16 New Public Works Shop Facility, in accordance with the MGA.  April 13, 2016

WSP Canada takes Council on tour of the Public Works Shop and points out deficiencies discovered in their intrusive investigation. WSP Canda's estimate to correct deficiencies in the existing shop are $2.3 million. Expansion of the shop will also need to be considered in order to accommodate existing equipment and provide adequate work space.
April 13, 2016

Intrusive Investigation Reports Received -
April 12, 2016

County receives reports from WSP Canada, outlining the findings from their Intrusive Investigation into the existing Public Works Shop. Below you can read the reports.
Public Works Shop Assessment Report
Public Works Health & Safety Assessment
Public Works Indoor Air Quality Assessment
Public Works Hazardous Material Assessment

County Council Defers Decision - March 22, 2016
County Council defers decision on whether to kill Borrowing Bylaw 1558-16-New Public Works Shop Facility, or take it to a plebiscite until the April 13, 2016 Council meeting. At the same time, Council made a motion to retain WSP Canada to complete an Intrusive Investigation into the existing shop at a cost of $31,878 plus $4,000 contingency in case more in-depth investigation is required due to new problems being uncovered. The Intrusive Investigation for the shop will include a structural review; Occupational Health & Safety review; air quality review; electrical; mechanical; plus it will investigate  insulation and materials for mold or other hazards. Council expects to review a draft of WSP Canada's findings before making a decision regarding Borrowing Bylaw 1558-16. 

Petition Declared Sufficient - March 9, 2016
County declares petition filed in regards to Borrowing Bylaw 1558-16 - New Public Works Shop Facility to be sufficient according to the MGA. Council must now decide whether to a) not proceed with proposed Bylaw 1558-16 or b) decide to proceed with the proposed bylaw and submit it to a vote of the electors within 90 days. Request for Decision - Petition for Vote on Borrowing Bylaw 1558-16

March 7, 2016 -  Petition Filed with the County opposed to Borrowing Bylaw 1558-16 - New Public Works Shop Facility  

Council discovers a petition is circulating opposed to Borrowing Bylaw 1558-16 and requests an information notice be advertised to educate and inform the public and dispel misinformation being circulated.  - February 24, 2016 Council Meeting

Council passes first reading  on February 10, 2016 for Borrowing Bylaw 1558-16 - New Public Works Shop Facility: Request for Decision. Borrowing Bylaw 1558-16 New Public Works Shop Facility will be advertised for two weeks.

April 2015 - FAQ Sheet: A summary of the Spring Town Hall Meetings - You Asked. We Answered.

March 23-28, 2015 - County Council hosted a series of six Town Hall Meetings where the public was invited to engage through community-led agendas. Council's goal was to keep the public informed about the Shop /Office Complex and answer any questions, on any topics the public may have. The meetings are summarized in the County Connection Magazine - You Asked. We Answered.

February 2015  - FAQ Sheet

October 2014 - FAQ Sheet

August 13, 2014 Press Release - County purchases Land for New Shop-Office 

April 23, 2014 - Council directs administration to pursue land purchase options and price comparisons for a future Shop/Office. 

February 12, 2014  Council approves and directs administration to proceed with the purchase of portable offices for Public Works staff after the Property Assessment report identifies the offices located in the shop are not in compliance with Occupational Health and Safety or fire regulations.

January 31, 2014 - Council receives Stantec's Property Assessment Report of the Public Works Shop.

December 11, 2013 Council Meeting - ​Council awards Public Works Shop Assessment to Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Council retains Stantec Consulting to perform a Property Condition Assessment (PCA) of the Stettler County Public Works Shop. The site visit by Stantec was completed December 19, 2013. 

June 13, 2012 Council Meeting  - Council makes a motion to investigate the need for a new County Shop/Office. Council appoints Councillor Jackson, Councillor Schiffner and Councillor Chapman to the committee formed to investigate the need for a new County Shop/Office and if any other councillors wish to attend the committee meetings they may do so.