Town of Castor council approves utility bylaw amendment

Costs for garbage collection and sewer services will be increasing in the New Year

By Kevin J. Sabo

For the Advance

The residents of Castor will be paying a little bit for some of the Town-run services come the new year.

With the recently passed amendments to Bylaw 1071, also known as the Utilities Bylaw, costs for garbage collection and sewer services will be increasing in the New Year.

The Town-run garbage service will be seeing a modest increase for residential service, and a bigger jump for commercial service. Currently, residential garbage service costs residents $18 a month, and that will be increasing to $23 per month.

For commercial users of the Town-run garbage service, the rate jump will be bigger. Currently, businesses pay $71 per month, and that will be increasing to $100 per month in the new year.

“This would give you full cost accounting. It would zero the department,” said Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Robblee, when he introduced the bylaw amendment during the Oct. 26th council meeting, where the bylaw amendment received first reading.

“Nobody likes a rate increase, I know that,” said Mayor Richard Elhard, before continuing, “But we can’t operate at a loss either.”

The garbage service in Castor had been running at a loss for years, with the fees paid paying for the labour and some of the necessary repairs on the truck, but not covering the fuel used or more significant repairs. The new rates will balance the budget for the garbage service.

In addition to the garbage service, the sewer service will also be seeing a modest increase.

Residential and commercial sewer users currently pay $25 per month, with that increasing to $30 per month in the New Year.

The amendment was passed during the Nov. 9th council meeting, which was held at the community hall to allow for community participation in the public hearing required prior to passing the amendment. No members of the community participated in person, nor were any written presentations speaking for or against the Utility Bylaw amendment received.

Town of Castor council was supposed to hold both meetings in November at the Castor Community Hall, however, with no public participation, Coun. Lonny Nelner motioned to rescind the previous motion moving the meetings to the hall, moving the next meeting back to council chambers at the Town of Castor office.

The next meeting will be held Nov. 23rd at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast via Facebook Live.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Spirit’s Respite Ranch near Stettler provides support through animal interaction

‘I also come from a family of doers - if something that is needed isn’t there, you just figure it out’

SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which causes COVID-19, emerge from the surface of cells isolated from a patient in the U.S. and cultured in a lab in a 2020 electron microscope image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories
Alberta now has 17,743 active cases of COVID-19

Province now has 17,743 active cases

Town of Castor meeting highlights from the Nov. 23rd meeting

Castor’s town council has approved an interim budget going into 2021

The County of Paintearth Council has approved the 2021 operational and capital budgets

Capital spending approved for 2021 amounts to just over $3.8 million

Idyllic winter scenes are part of the atmosphere of the holiday season, and are depicted in many seasonal movies. How much do you know about holiday movies? Put your knowledge to the test. (
QUIZ: Test your knowledge of holiday movies and television specials

The festive season is a time for relaxing and enjoying some seasonal favourites

Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps poses for a photo with his parents Amanda Sully and Adam Deschamps in this undated handout photo. Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps was the first baby in Canada to be diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy through Ontario’s newborn screening program. The test was added to the program six days before he was born. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Children’s Hospital Eastern Ontario *MANDATORY CREDIT*
First newborn tested for spinal muscular atrophy in Canada hits new milestones

‘If Aidan had been born any earlier or anywhere else our story would be quite different’

People line up at a COVID-19 assessment centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Toronto and Peel region continue to be in lockdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19 vaccine approval could be days away as pressures mount on health-care system

Many health officials in regions across the country have reported increasing pressures on hospitals

File Photo
Sylvan Lake Town Council squashes mask bylaw

The bylaw did not make it past first reading, after a 4-3 vote defeated the motion

A logo for Netflix on a remote control is seen in Portland, Ore.,Aug. 13, 2020. Experts in taxation and media say a plan announced Monday by the government will ultimately add to the cost of digital services and goods sold by foreign companies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kane
‘Netflix tax’ for digital media likely to raise prices for consumers, experts say

The government says Canadian companies already collect those taxes when they make digital sales

Gaming content was big on YouTube in 2020. (Black Press Media files)
What did Canadians watch on Youtube during isolation? Workouts, bird feeders

Whether it was getting fit or ‘speaking moistly,’ Canadians had time to spare this year

A teacher places the finishing touches on the welcome sign at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School which is part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Sept. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Hindsight 2020: How do you preserve a year many Canadians would rather forget?

Figuring out how to preserve the story of the pandemic poses a series of challenges

Team Manitoba celebrate after defeating Team Ontario to win the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Curling Canada wants Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park to be a curling hub for the season’s top events. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Calgary facility set to become curling hub during pandemic

Curling Canada has provisional approval for Calgary’s hub-city concept from Alberta Health

Most Read