Owner of Busted Ladies Lingerie on 51 Avenue, Sherry Gummow addressed Ponoka town council on Oct. 25, asking for a timeline for the completion of the roadwork on the downtown street.
Gummow raised concerns about the project being behind schedule and what she said has been a lack of communication to the business owners on the street about the project.
“(Communication) has been extremely lacking since the beginning of this project,” said Gummow.
“I’ve been told that it’s not up to the town to communicate with us, but the people on that street … have been very, very frustrated with no communication. We do not pay taxes our to Border Paving or to construction, we pay our taxes to the Town of Ponoka and it has been nigh unto impossible to get a response from anybody.”
Gummow added that businesses were needing an update on the project so they could make appropriate plans for Almost Midnight Madness, the downtown shopping event to take place Nov. 18.
Chief administrative officer (CAO) Sandra Lund responded that while there have been regular news releases and posts on the town’s social media about road closure updates, that she would be personally delivering a letter to businesses with an update the next day.
During the CAO’s report at the end of the meeting, Lund gave a further update, stating the underground work has been completed and the road contractor is currently working at the west end of 51 Avenue.
Sub grading and the gravel base work is being completed. Concrete curb and gutter work is to begin early next week. Base paving is to be completed by Nov. 10, weather dependent.
Temporary sidewalks are also expected to be completed on or before Nov. 10.
The first asphalt layer will be completed this year to give a hard surface for winter and the top asphalt layer will be applied next year.
Town council approved the Parkland Regional Library board’s 2023 proposed budget. The proposed budget included a $0.20 increase to the municipal per capital. Coun. Cal David opposed the motion and it carried.
Council also re-appointed Sharon Rowland and Alana Cissell to the Ponoka Jubilee Library board for three-year terms.
Festival of Trees
Town council voted to support the Ponoka and District Health Foundation’s upcoming Festival of Trees with a $4,000 sponsorship for the Family Fun Day event, to be held Dec. 2.
The funds will be allocated from the town’s advertising budget.
This year the Festival of Trees is raising funds for five Space Lab Healthcare Qubes (three mounted and two portable monitors) with a total cost of $125,000.
The town will also be providing gift cards to the Ponoka Aquaplex with for a total value of $400, which will be used as prizes during the Festival of Trees event.
Citizen Satisfaction Survey
Citizen Satisfaction Survey results have now been compiled. The survey polled 401 people (a representative sample of Ponoka citizens).
Coun. Carla Prediger stated she felt some of the questions were subjective as they didn’t define what quality of life actually means.
Communications manager Sandra Smith responded that the survey questions were worded to avoid being leading and a follow up question asked them to list priorities for quality of life, defining what it means to them in that way.
Council will review and consider the results ahead of budget deliberations next month.