By Kenyon Stronski Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Taber Times The Taber Chamber of Commerce expressed a desire to have the Town of Taber purchase a quantity of 75 industrial cable covers at the cost of $20,850 excluding GST. These cable covers are required to be compliant with current fire codes, as all food trucks, vendors and booths must now be spaced out 10 feet apart from one another. This increases the amount of electrical cable required to supply the vendors, and all the cables are required to be covered. In the past, the chamber rented 27 cable covers from the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, but there is no guarantee they will be able to rent them come Cornfest in late August. “The chamber usually rents these cord covers from the Enmax every year but now it just won’t be enough. If the town were to purchase these covers we could rent them out,” noted Gary Scherer, director of Public Works at town council’s regular meeting on Aug. 16. “We would get some return and naturally, if it’s a town event, we can use them for ourselves.” “I’d just like to say that I think it’s a good move on our part. It can be used for hockey as well and the last thing we want to do is electrocute somebody,” commented Coun. Mark Garner. The capital budget was brought up momentarily at the meeting, where they accepted all the compiled information from the July 26 special meeting of council concerning budgets for 2022. Council also briefly discussed the 10 year capital plan which is to track for all projects and to make sure that nothing relevant is left out of the community. However, depending on need and priority, some may be bumped before others. Council endorsed this plan and unanimously carried a motion to put forward $20,850 plus GST for the cable covers.
Kenyon Stronski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Taber Times