During their regular meeting Jan. 13, Sylvan Lake councillors:
● approved names for two streets in The Vista at Ryders Ridge subdivision.
Vanson Close is named after Margaret and Noel who moved to Sylvan Lake in 1941. Margaret, a member of Sylvan Lake Women’s Institute, worked at the boathouse in the summer and the Sunflower Cafe in the winter. Noel was a carpenter and helped put up army huts in Red Deer. One winter he helped repair the pier at Sylvan Lake, prior to getting work at the Provincial Training School and hospital. Their four sons worked at the hardware store, Cobb’s Store and Neeley’s Drug Store, according to information supplied by Sylvan Lake & District Archives Association.
Van Veller Way is named after Klaas who built a home here in 1985, purchased GTI in 1987, is a member of the Lions Club, and while retired now, still remains an active volunteer.
● appointed members to the Business Recruitment Team and approved an operating budget to support them. Appointed were Keri Pratt as the chamber of commerce representative, Al Laplante and Marc Pritchard as business owner members, Doug Borrowman and Colette Barker as property owner members, Kevin Lapp and Blair Morris as real estate professional members, and Darren Galan as a banking institution member. All were appointed for two year terms. Mayor Sean McIntyre was previously appointed as council’s representative. The approved budget was $10,000.
The team will provide “guidance and advice to the town’s Economic Development Officer (EDO) on matters pertaining to recruitment of new businesses to the town. The team will contribute to implementation of the Business Recruitment Strategy by developing a two year work plan. This plan includes overseeing the maintenance and development of all commercial districts as mixed use,” according to information provided by EDO Vicki Kurz to council.
● appointed Bob Osmond to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board to fill a vacancy for a two year term. One citizen position on the board is still vacant.
● approved purchase of a snowblower attachment for the current “Tool Cat” utility vehicle or proposed skid-steer, at an amount not to exceed $8,500.