Emaline McBride, 4, in the Castor Centennial Pool with her grandma. (Stettler Independent file photo)

Emaline McBride, 4, in the Castor Centennial Pool with her grandma. (Stettler Independent file photo)

Castor addresses issues with pool

Several issues have been identified

By Kevin Sabo For the Advance

A favourite way for the residents of Castor to beat the summer heat is in need of some serious work, it was recently learned at the latest town council meeting on June 11.

After a walk through by the Castor Recreation Board, which includes town council members, several issues have been identified that will need to be addressed in upcoming years. Several problems identified varied from the brick wind-break wall requiring replacement due to structural issues, the electrical in the pump room needs upgrades as the existing wiring is crumbling due to high humidity, the boilers will need replacement sooner rather than later, parts of the pool deck are shifting and could potentially need to be re-laid, and the tile-work in the pool will need to be redone within three to seven years as well.

The problems identified are “Not immediate but they will need to be addressed over time,” said Mayor Richard Elhard. Now that the council is aware of these issues, they will be looking into plans to address the identified issues in the coming years.

Also discussed at the June 11 council meeting:

• Public Works Foreman Arjan Van Hienen reported to council that Border Paving was nearing completion of the road work on 51st.

• Netook Construction of Olds would be returning shortly to finish landscaping along the 51st project.

• Town council held a public hearing in regards to the proposed cannabis bylaw. No members of the public attended, and the hearing was closed after 10 minutes.

• The council approved the Cannabis Bylaw that will allow sale of cannabis products in town once it is legalized on the federal Level.

• An intersection style LED light is on order to compare the brightness to other LED lamps currently being trialed by the town.

• Demolition of the arena interior is complete. Construction to begin within the next couple of weeks.

• EC911 radio work is ongoing, towers in Halkirk and Castor have been properly ground, new equipment to be installed in Wainright dispatch in the coming weeks.

• Adoption of Public Participation policy, to be reviewed every four years, per the Municipal Government Act.

• Victim Services co-ordinator has resigned, search for a replacement has begun.

• RCMP administrator has resigned, Cindy Nelner is stepping in for the interim in the Castor RCMP office. The Castor RCMP Office now open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed for lunch.