Alberta County Seeks Campground Operator
Alberta's Vulcan County will send out a request for proposals to run the Twin Valley Campground during the 2012 camping season.
The seasonal contractor would sign a contract with Vulcan County to maintain the campground, providing services such as mowing, garbage pickup, collecting camping fees, making sure there's firewood, and enforcing campground rules, the Vulcan Advocate reported.
The council also decided at its Nov. 2 meeting to offer a basic level of service next year, estimated to cost $58,500.
That basic service includes paying for a mower and weed whippers, a chain-link fence, firewood, trees, a maintenance shed, landscaping, and rental and cleanout of portable toilets, as well as miscellaneous expenses.
In addition to the basic service, administration also presented two other options for council to consider. Both included the basic costs, but the second option also budgeted for underground water tanks for potable water — a one-time capital purchase — and the third option included everything in the second option plus additional toilets and a septic dump station and wash-out, both one-time capital purchases.
The council was also presented with two other options regarding the operation of the campground: having a county employee run the campground, and having a full-time contractor operator.
Councilman Rod Ruark asked the administration during the meeting whether the Alberta government would be willing to take over the operation of the campground and continue to operate it if the agreement between the province and county was cancelled, or would the campground "cease to exist" if the province took it over.
"We haven't made that specific inquiry to the province at this point, so I'm not sure what their plans would be as regards to letting it lapse or whether they would continue to operate it," said Leo Ludwig, the county's administrator.
Administration was directed to ask the province whether it would keep the campground open if it was turned over.
The 25-year lease agreement between the county and province, which owns the land, includes a clause stating either party can terminate the agreement with one-year's written notice.