Questions posed for mayoralty, councillor candidates

A few questions have come to mind that people might like to pose to the mayoral and incumbent council candidates at their debates.

Dear Editor,

A few questions have come to mind that people might like to pose to the mayoral and incumbent council candidates at their debates.

I won’t be here to ask them so I thought I would put them out to the public.

Question #1: How did the new civic administration building go from a budget item of $5.4 million to $7.98 million, when we were in an economic downturn?

Question #2: The town took on the contract for the washrooms in the provincial park and there are rumours that there was a $1 million cost overrun that the town had to pay. Is this true? If the town didn’t pay it, who did?

Question #3: What was the value in allowing the last open piece of shoreline in Sylvan Lake, the marina property, become a private housing project?

Question #4: Councillor Grimson is quoted as saying, “A major consideration is we need to find an alternate source of water. We’re within 5,000 population of maxing out.” When are we going to start hearing discussion regarding this urgent matter? What are the expected costs? Where will the funding come from for “further studies, research”, as well as actual pipelines, as Grimson states.

Question #5: Really from me to you: Did you know that if the town borrowed $10 million for a new arena/community center the payment based on 3.866% over a 20 year term would be $722,557 per year? Also if an additional borrowing for the new fire hall would be $3.3 million based on 10 years at 3% would be an annual payment of $385,920? The two proposed borrowings are more than $1 million a year in debt repayment.

Bryan Lambertson,

Sylvan Lake