The deputy reeve of Wheatland County paid a visit to Drumheller this week and he was more than welcome.
Ben Armstrong was carrying a cheque for $17,974.86 to compensate the town for the recreation services it provides to county rate payers.
"We're really proud to be able to assist the Town of Drumheller with some of their recreational and infrastructure needs as they support some of our rate payers in the Dalum and Rosebud areas," he explained. "We're more than happy to help them with the program under our Community Regional Infrastructure Services Program (CRISP)."
"Under our own mandate, we have Carsland, Gleichen, Cluny, Rosebud," Armstrong outlined. "We also put funding into those under our mandate: they actually fall under ours."
The CRISP program also allows them to repay other centres, including Drumheller and Strathmore, for the services accessed in those communities by Wheatland County residents.
"They're happy and they're using it for their facilities, and our rate payers don't have to pay a(n extra) user fee to use those services, which is great," stated Armstrong.
All told, Wheatland County is paying out nearly $750,000 to a total of seven communities for sharing their recreational and other facilities with county residents.