Vul­can coun­cil­lors vote to re­place Trek uni­forms

Edmonton Journal - - CITY -

Vul­can’s town coun­cil says its sig­na­ture fashion state­ment is ap­proach­ing the fi­nal fron­tier, and re­plac­ing the Star Trek-themed jack­ets will cost more than $4,000.

The town of 2,000, 130 kilo­me­tres south­east of Cal­gary, has wrapped much of its iden­tity in Star Trek mythol­ogy since it shares the moniker of the home­world of the iconic Mr. Spock.

And that means its mayor and six town coun­cil­lors of­ten sport cer­e­mo­nial United Fed­er­a­tion of Plan­ets jack­ets, which they wore last Novem­ber in Cal­gary at the an­nual Al­berta Ur­ban Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties As­so­ci­a­tion con­ven­tion.

On Mon­day, coun­cil ap­proved plans to re­place their ag­ing jack­ets, some of which have passed down from coun­cil to coun­cil for years, in­clud­ing one that’s 17 years old.

Vul­can res­i­dent Katalin Berta told coun­cil the cost for each jacket would be about $620, for a to­tal of about $4,340 for the en­tire wardrobe change.

Coun. Lyle Mag­nu­son said he did be­lieve the cost was “a lot of money” when he first looked at the es­ti­mate, but liked that a lo­cal res­i­dent is mak­ing the jack­ets.

“I was sur­prised by the cost of do­ing it,” said Mag­nu­son, adding later dur­ing the dis­cus­sion that the jack­ets will be of good qual­ity.

Mayor Tom Grant said he didn’t be­lieve Berta’s per-hour rate of $20 was out of line.

“I did talk to a cou­ple other seam­stresses, and they thought this was very rea­son­able,” he said.

Coun. Lorna Arm­strong said coun­cil­lors have re­ceived pos­i­tive com­ments on the jack­ets wher­ever they go.

Coun­cil agreed to amend its 2018 bud­get to in­clude the cost of the new uni­forms.

Mem­bers of Vul­can’s town coun­cil — shown here with Cal­gary mayor Na­heed Nen­shi at the Al­berta Ur­ban Mu­nic­i­palies As­so­ci­a­tion con­ven­tion in Novem­ber — have voted to re­place their ag­ing Star Trek uni­forms at a cost of just over $4,000. That works out to just over $600 for each uni­form.

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