Kenneth Brown
of The Clarion

Town officials are going to customize a tax incentive for a local farm implement dealership looking to develop a parcel of land on the east edge of town.

Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc., owner of the Case IH dealership on 12th Ave. West, has plans to develop a parcel of land located east on the south side of Highway 7 within the town’s municipal boundary. The town is looking to provide a tax incentive to the company.

Council passed a resolution at a meeting on June 25 to direct the town’s administration to develop a customized alternative tax incentive draft agreement as per the Economic Incentive Tax Exemption Bylaw and that the draft agreement be based on the value of construction associated with the development of the new dealership.

According to the resolution, the tax incentive will be for five years if the construction value is more than $5 million and three years if the value is less than $5 million. All other provisions of the Economic Incentive Tax Exemption Bylaw will apply.

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Councillor Dean Galbraith said the town has been working with Rocky Mountain and the company wants to build a new facility. He noted that it is a big deal for the company to build its facility within the town’s boundary.

The company could have chosen to build outside the town limits and Galbraith said the town has decided to give up a bit of tax revenue for a bit of growth. The draft agreement is to be brought to council for consideration, debate and approval at a meeting in the future.

Other meeting highlights

• Council has passed a resolution to enter into an agreement with a yard maintenance contractor for a two-year term. The town is familiar with the contractor.

“We’re extremely satisfied with the service,” said Bernie Morton, the town’s chief administrative officer (CAO), recognizing that the town used the service for a year to try it out and the contractor did an excellent job.

The contractor is Captain Grass and the company is based in Kindersley. Members of council passed the resolution to direct the mayor and CAO to enter into a two-year agreement with the contractor.

• Members of council have passed a resolution to appoint an interim administrator until officials are able to hire a new chief administrative officer (CAO).

Audrey Hebert, the town’s director of corporate services, has been appointed as interim administrator effective on July 27. Bernie Morton, the town’s outgoing CAO, is moving on to the City of Chestermere, Alta., and his final day in the office is July 27.

Council heard that a resolution is required to appoint an interim administrator. The CAO is able to appoint an acting administrator in his absence, but Hebert will perform the role of administrator until Morton’s replacement has been hired.

• Town officials have discussed the results of the 2018 Waste Extravaganza. Council heard it was a very successful initiative for the town and its partners.

Kim Vogel, the town’s director of transportation and environmental services, gave a report to council with statistics on the Waste Extravaganza. Deputy Mayor Shaun Henry said the event might have to be cancelled or altered in 2019 because the new regional landfill is a partnership with other municipalities.

• The town’s elected officials have passed a resolution to approve an easement agreement with SaskTel. Kim Vogel, the town’s director of transportation and environmental services, told council the resolution is to approve “a basic easement agreement” with the Crown corporation.

• Council of the Town of Kindersley has passed a resolution to proclaim July 21 as the “Global Day of Inclusion” in Kindersley. The proclamation is linked to the Special Olympics, and the organization’s 50th anniversary being celebrated in 2018.