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Town to offer assistance to lake lot purchasers


Four weeks after a blowout sale of lots in the community resulted in all available lake front properties being snatched up the Town is looking at the possibility of providing further aide to those who bought one of the lots.
“I think it’s important that either this council or a committee of this council, the community development corporation, does a little hand-holding as we get 31 construction projects underway and then we help them.,” said Mayor Jim Scott, who brought the idea forward to council.
Scott would like to see a number of services be provided to purchasers. Those who purchased a lot have two years to have a home on the lot up to lock up stage. A handful of the lots that sold were located inside the Town of The Pas proper -mostly in the Wood Acres area- however most are located near The Pas Airport alongside Clearwater Lake. An extension of an additional year could be available, at Town council’s discretion, for an additional fee.
“I think it wise of us to invite all the people that purchased a lot to a meeting where we can share with them general information. We should invite a few builders and developers, perhaps the local building supply stores. As we are Westoba’s largest customer they may want to be there as well to talk about mortgage options. Perhaps an insurance agent. I also think we should put a big sold out sign at the lake,” wrote Scott in a memo to council ahead of last Monday’s meeting where the topic was discussed publicly.
Salamanowicz advised last Monday The Pas Community Development Corporation has agreed to take on the project and will arrange for a meeting with the lake lot owners.
“Let’s just talk to them about what they need to get done over the next three or four months and how we can help them do that,” said Scott. “Let’s work with them and drive this project home.”

Trent Allen