Bashaw town council decided to leave the pricing of its vacant residential lots “as-is” after hearing a report on the issue at their regular council meeting Nov. 15.
Town Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Theresa Fuller submitted a report to council listing all of the town’s vacant residential lots and their current pricing.
She noted the top four were the ones she most talked to real estate agents about while another lot isn’t in the best location at the end of a street while a bit elevated.
She also noted four lots are located by Bashaw Meadows.
Fuller’s report included asking prices in the $40,000 to $50,000 range.
Councillors discussed the assessed values of the lots which Fuller told them had been quoted a few years ago and suspected are still accurate.
Mayor Rob McDonald asked Fuller if those prices were too high. Fuller responded the town is not getting many questions about its vacant residential lots, prices or otherwise.
Coun. Bryan Gust stated there is very little interest in vacant residential lots right now and mused that, in that case, there wasn’t much point in lowering them at this time.
Councillors unanimously agreed to leave the lots priced as they are.
CAO Fuller gave councillors a report on new water billing being sent to the Bashaw Community Centre, which in the past had its water bill paid by the town.
During discussion Fuller noted the community centre didn’t pay for garbage pick up either.
As councillors discussed the new water billing it was noted that the community centre has a number of tenants that this may affect, including the playschool and library among others.
Councillors accepted the report as information.
Councillors approved a subdivision application from CN Rail to subdivide a part of Lot 42, Block RLY, Plan 4770 in order to create a new parcel.
CAO Fuller stated she’d been told the intention of the subdivision was to allow a roughly 2.3 acre parcel that held buildings and infrastructure to be sold.
Fuller added the application stated that there would be no change in the use of the land. The resolution permitting the subdivision included conditions such as being drawn up by a land surveyor.
Councillors read a letter of request from the Bashaw Bus Society referring to the annual grant which the town gives to the organization. The bus society requested $5,000.
Fuller stated this was consistent with funding requests from previous years.
She noted the town usually uses Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funds for the bus society request and she added that it’s expected the MSI funds will be the same in 2022 as past years.
During discussion it was noted riders outside Bashaw use the bus but pay the same fee as town residents.
Councillors accepted the request as information.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, East Central Alberta Review