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Didsbury Memorial Complex roof project comes in under budget

More wet installation and plywood was found once the Didsbury project demolition began

DIDSBURY - A major roof systems replacement project on the Didsbury Memorial Complex has come in well under budget, says the town's chief administrative officer.

In his report to council at the recent, regularly scheduled council meeting, Ethan Gorner outlined the project which was authorized early in 2021 to address signs of leaks, poor drainage and other issues.

The original budget for the project was $160,000, funded from recreational reserves.

The project involved the removal of existing membranes and flashings, removal of wet insulation, addition of slope package to repair drainage issues, application of touch-on bitumen roof, replacement of all drains, vents and roof jacks, and the installation of new flashings, he said.

“This project comes with a 15-year workmanship warranty and a 12-year manufacture material warranty,” he said. “The project progressed with few issues. However, more wet installation and plywood was found, once the project demolition began, than had been anticipated.”

The final cost of the project came in at $143,758 or $14,241 under budget.

Council members will attend convention

Town of Didsbury Mayor Rhonda Hunter and councillors Bill Windsor and Ethan Williams will be attending the 2022 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) annual convention and trade show in Regina in June.

Councillors voted to approve the $6,612 trip during the March 8 council meeting.

The conference will focus on recovery efforts, including engaging with federal leaders and seniors officials, gather new recovery tools and ideas through workshops, panels and networking, council heard.

It will also give attendees a chance to connect with trade show participants, partners and suppliers.

Council approved sending Hunter, Williams and Windsor to the June 2-5 FCM conference, with a registration cost of $904 per person, $392 round-trip flights per person and hotel expenses of $908 per person.

Enforcement priorities approved

Town council has approved the 2022 enforcement priorities for the Didsbury RCMP and the town’s municipal enforcement team.

During the Feb. 22 council meeting, Didsbury RCMP Staff Sgt. Stephen Browne brought forward policing concerns in the detachment area.

As a result, council has approved three top priorities for 2022: focus on major crimes; opioid and fentanyl crisis; and increase visibility in the community, including late evenings and early mornings.

At the same Feb. 22 council meeting, municipal peace officers presented the municipality’s year-end report.

As a result, council has approved three top priorities for enforcement in 2022: unsightly properties; responsible pet ownership enforcement; and protecting downtown vitality, which includes two-hour parking, graffiti, and other nuisance behaviours.


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