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Stettler town council hears regional library exploring art values

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Stettler town council read a report that the regional library group the municipality belongs to is exploring the value of its art collection.

The report was submitted at the Oct. 5 regular meeting of council.

The Parkland Regional Library System (PRLS) unapproved minutes from the Sept. 16 meeting stated the organization's recent move to a new headquarters in Lacombe, Alta. highlighted the fact the organization has accumulated quite a number of pieces of artwork over the past three decades, and PRLS wanted to know what the value of this collection was.

“(PRLS director Ron) Sheppard shared that Parkland has accumulated many pieces of art over the last 30 years as gifts,” stated the unapproved minutes.

“Prior to the move to the new facility, the director undertook some cursory research and determined the art work might be quite valuable. At very least, it needs to be appraised for insurance purposes.

“Staff sought to find a reputable appraiser and received some recommendations from our legal firm in Red Deer, Chapman Riebeck.

Using their recommendations, staff contacted the appraisers and selected the Willock and Sax Gallery located in Banff as the best balance between cost, thoroughness, and timeliness.

“To save money, staff have sent pictures of Parkland’s artwork along with details related to their production to the gallery to avoid the costs associated with an assessor travelling to Parkland.

“The assessment should be completed by the end of September.”

Councillors approved the PRLS minutes as they were presented.

Library budget

Councillors also approved the proposed 2022 PRLS budget. Assistant CAO Steven Gerlitz noted the budget requisition, which is collected on a per capita basis, will stay the same as last year with no increase.

However, according to a projection included with the budget document it looks likely there will be an increase for the 2023 budget.

Coun. Gord Lawlor, who is council’s representative to the PRLS, stated the organization is run in a very effective and efficient manner and its recent relocation to a new building in Lacombe went quite smoothly.

Fond farewell

Mayor Sean Nolls began the meeting by pointing out two long-time members of council, Al Campbell and Malcolm Fischer, were not running for re-election and the current meeting would be their last at the council table.

Nolls pointed out Campbell had been involved in community service, such as school board and town council, since the early 80’s, adding up to about 40 years.

“That’s an impressive feat,” said Nolls.

He noted Fischer had served 11 years on council, three terms in total.

Nolls stated he enjoyed working with both men and stated it was easy to describe them both as colleagues, mentors and friends. The mayor added he was having a hard time imagining the council chambers without them.

Campbell noted he found working as a councillor an enjoyable experience. “I’ve never, ever hated going to a meeting,” said Campbell. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

Fischer agreed, adding Stettler town council was a positive group to belong to. “Just fun the whole time,” added Fischer.

Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, East Central Alberta Review

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