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January Regular Council Meeting

The regular meeting of Council for January has been rescheduled and will take place on January 30th, 2020 at 6pm in Council Chambers.

Commerical Lot for Sale in Sedgewick

Prime Location right at the end of the Town’s newly revitalized Main Street!

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Council Approves Arena Roof Fix

Sedgewick Town Council approved a temporary fix to the arena roof issue at a special meeting held on December 30th. The job was awarded to Premier Fire and Flood Restoration Inc. who will manage the project and work with Phoenix Roofing and a structural engineer to add additional purlins that will allow for the arena to open for full use in a matter of weeks. The work is designed to bring the structure up to current Alberta Building Code standards of allowing for a load of 34 pounds per square foot (psf) versus 29 psf which was code when the rink was built in 1992.

Council expects the temporary fix to be a part of the permanent solution which will be planned to align with a future off-season when the arena would have less users. It is unknown at this point when these permanent repairs will be made as it will be largely dependent on ability to finance the project as well as regular monitoring/testing of the purlins.

The current repairs, that are budgeted to come in under $250,000, are expected to commence on January 7th and could take as little as three weeks to complete. This would allow for the arena to reopen in early February with the facility continuing to be used in March as a host site for the Atom ‘A’ Provincial Championships as well as for the #REDNEK MusicFest concert starring Gord Bamford in April.

Council Highlights from Dec. 19th, 2019

Council weighed in on the following issues at their December 19th, 2019 regular meeting.

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Hockey Arena Roof Update

Members of Town Council, the Recreation Board and the Sedgewick Agricultural Society along with arena and Town staff met with a manager of Structural Engineering from Associated Engineering earlier today in regards to the concerns over the arena’s roof. Earlier this week, the engineer provided a recommendation to the Town to close the arena to the public due to a loss of strength within the most central purlins attributed to corrosion. Those in attendance were able to quiz the engineer on his interpretation of the data and how he came to his conclusion. The engineer also explained the design constraints of the arena based on his study of the “as-built” drawings that will most likely play a large factor in how the issue is rectified. With 9 sections of purlins tested, it was found that they showed almost uniform reduction in thickness of up to 25%. The engineer stated that had the results shown a 3-4% discrepancy, the closure of the arena would not have been necessary however with the data he was provided from testing, his firm had no choice. The main girders were not part of the initial test as there was little visible corrosion identified on them.
The identified next steps are to have further testing performed to include all purlins as well as the main girders that are positioned in the areas showing the most corrosion. Qualimet Inc., the company that performed the initial testing, will return as quickly as possible to complete these tests, however no timeline has yet been provided for their arrival. Over the next few days Associated Engineering will continue to review drawings and obtain information on the design of the pre-engineered bays so as to be able to work towards the quickest and most cost-effective solution.
In the meantime, the Town has reached out to other experts in order to garner a second and third opinion on the condition of the structure. On-site meetings will take place over the next several days in an effort to leave no stone unturned towards returning the arena to full operation mode as soon as possible.
Timeline
A timeline on the discovery of the degree of corrosion to the arena’s purlins is as follows:
In 2018 the Town began discussions with Premier Fire and Flood Restoration in regards to solving a long-term issue of a leaky roof at the arena. The company was recommended to the Town as a cost-effective way to investigate a long-standing issue. The company recommended a roof inspection and water test be done to identify the issue at hand. In fall 2019, the company was hired to perform the remediation of Sedgewick Public School after a fire broke out in the building in August. It was at this time that the company provided a quote to inspect the roof as they were already stationed in Sedgewick along with their sub-contractors.
On October 24th, Phoenix Roofing, a sub-contractor to Premier Fire and Flood Restoration, attended the arena and inspected the roof from above to identify the source of the leaks. The sub-contractor then inspected the roof from ground level inside the arena and at that time noticed the level of corrosion on some of the arena’s purlins. The advice of the sub-contractor was to immediately test the purlins before investigating or putting funds towards fixing the leaking roof.
On October 28th, the Manager of Structural Engineering from Associated Engineering attended for the purpose of providing a second opinion. The engineer provided the Town with the same advice to test the purlins for strength and connected the Town with a company that specializes in this type of testing.
Qualimet Inc. performed testing on December 4th and results were received on December 9th. After viewing the results, the structural engineer made the recommendation on the 9th to close the arena. A special meeting of Council was called for 4pm on the 9th and at that time Council unanimously approved a motion to temporarily close the arena until further notice.

Sedgewick Council Forced to Close Arena

The Council of the Town of Sedgewick has approved the temporary closure of the arena at the Wild Rose Co-op Recreation Centre due to excessive corrosion of the roof’s purlins.  Purlins refer to roof framing members that span parallel to the building eaves and support the roof.  The Town recently engaged the services of an engineering firm to conduct tests after a noticeable amount of rust was identified on some of the purlins.

Prior to making their decision, Council reviewed the technical report provided to them which showed the center purlins having a 25% reduction in strength as well as a recommendation from a structural engineer advising to immediately close the facility.  Council also discussed the 2014 roof collapse of a curling rink in Drayton Valley and the 2018 roof collapse of the City of Calgary’s Fairview Arena which triggered city-wide arena inspections prior to making their decision.

Council is diligently engaging all avenues to mitigate the issue as safely and quickly as possible. Mayor Perry Robinson stated “as it is Council’s #1 priority to secure the safety and well-being of our citizens, we are left with no other choices in the end.” Programming at the arena will be moved to neighboring facilities in the interim.  Further information will be released to the public upon availability.

Public Notice

In accordance with the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Town of Sedgewick has applied to Alberta Environment and Parks for a renewal of an existing approval to operate Sedgewick Waterworks System.

Please view the following link for further information including how a directly affected person may provide input into the decision.

https://sedgewick.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Notice-of-Application-Nov-19.pdf

Public Notice – Bylaw 552/19 Borrowing Bylaw

PUBLIC NOTICE TO ELECTORS OF THE TOWN OF SEDGEWICK, PROVINCE OF ALBERTA

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Town of Sedgewick, in the Province of Alberta, has given First Reading to Borrowing Bylaw 552/19 which will, upon final passage and approval, authorize the proper officers of the said Town of Sedgewick to borrow monies from the Alberta Capital Finance Authority by way of debenture issue, to pay for the cost of construction of the revitalization of  Main Street which is to include replacing sanitary sewer mains, pavement, sidewalks, light fixtures and other landscaping items located on the 4800 block of 47th Street within the Town of Sedgewick;

The total cost of the aforesaid project amounts to $1,700,000.00. After deducting from this cost the amount of $200,000.00 to be received by way of Provincial Grants, the net amount to be borrowed on the credit and security of the municipality at large by the issue of debentures is $1,500,000.00. The debenture is repayable to the Alberta Capital Finance Authority in thirty (30) equal consecutive semi-annual instalments of combined principal and interest, with the semi-annual interest not to exceed eight (8) percent.

NOW THEREFORE NOTICE is hereby given by the Council of the Town of Sedgewick that, unless a petition of the electors for a vote on Bylaw 552/19 is demanded, as provided for by the terms of Section 231 of the Municipal Government Act the said Council may pass the said Borrowing Bylaw.

All persons interested are hereby notified and they are required to govern themselves accordingly.

A copy of Bylaw 552/19 can be found at the website sedgewick.ca or can be viewed in person at the Town of Sedgewick administrative office at 4818 47th Street, Sedgewick, Alberta.

DATED at the Town of Sedgewick, in the Province of Alberta, this 30th day of January, 2019.

Town of Sedgewick

PER: JIM FEDYK

Chief Administrative Officer

 

VIEW THE BYLAW

 

INFORMATION FOR ELECTORS

Pursuant to Section 1(i) of the Municipal Government Act an “elector” means:

  • A person who is eligible to vote in the election for a councillor under the Local Authorities Election Act.

Pursuant to section 47 (1) of the Local Authorities Election Act a person is eligible to vote in an election if he/she:

  1. a) Is at least 18 years old,
  2. b) Is a Canadian citizen, and
  3. c) Has resided in Alberta for the 6 consecutive months immediately preceding election day and is resident in the area on election day.

Unless otherwise provided in the Municipal Government Act, or any other enactment, only electors of a municipality are eligible to be petitioners.

A petition must be signed by the required number of petitioners.  In the case of the Town of Sedgewick, the petition must be signed,

  • by electors of the municipality equal in number to at least 10% of the population.

The petition for a vote must be received by the Chief Administrative Officer within 15 days of the last publication of this notice and shall contain on each page “an accurate and identical statement of the purpose of the petition”.

(Further requirements of the petition are provided in section 224 of the Municipal Government Act.)

DATE of the last publication of this notice is the 6th day of February, 2019.

Alberta Order of Excellence – Call for Nominations

The Alberta Order of Excellence is the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen of this province.  The membership of the Order reflects a true diversity of strengths, ideas and fields of endeavor and yet all members have one thing in common.  They are united in their understanding that caring and committed individuals can and do make a difference in the strength of our communities, in the quality of life enjoyed by Albertans and in the benefits Canada has to offer the world.

Nominees for the award must be Canadian citizens, live in Alberta and have made a significant contribution provincial, nationally or internationally.  For more information please go to www.lieutenantgovernor.ab.ca/aoe

Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 15th, 2019.

 

January Council Meeting Rescheduled to January 24th

The Town of Sedgewick Council January Council meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, January 24th at 6:00 PM in the Town of Sedgewick Administration Office at 4818 – 47 Street in Sedgewick.