Wheatland County council approved an additional $60,000 towards the update of the audio and visual equipment in its council chambers and Emergency Communications Centre (ECC) during the regular Tuesday, July 5 council meeting.
Council had previously allocated $110,000 towards this update during the 2022 budget deliberations; however, estimates for the project were higher than originally budgeted due to rising costs from equipment scarcity and availability, as well as inflation.
“We had planned to do this (update) over the summer, and the next meeting is in August,” shared Corporate and Financial Services general manager Tracy Buteau during the meeting.
Division 4 Councillor Tom Ikert made a motion to approve the request for an additional $60,000 from reserves for the equipment update, which was unanimously approved by council.
Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail