County commits to fixing roads

To help give motorists a smoother ride on rural roads, the County of Stettler plans to “hard-surface” some stretches.

To help give motorists a smoother ride on rural roads, the County of Stettler plans to “hard-surface” some stretches.

At its regular meeting this month, council approved a staff recommendation to research a new product, Fibre Matt.

Coun. Greggory Jackson and chief administrative officer Tim Fox were impressed with the product when it was promoted at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference in Saskatoon.

“We should take our time and look at various products and see how much money we want to spend,” Jackson said.

Staff was also pleased with the product.

“The Fibre Matt material is a new product that may provide strength and longevity to the cold mix material,” Fox said. “This material is also designed to work well under heavy load conditions.

“We feel that this would be a good opportunity to try this product and to evaluate for possible future projects.”

Rochon Sands road repair

Rochon Sands Estates plans to “hard-surface” its roads with cold mix this year. Council awarded a contract to Ant Construction, with a bid of $182,740, plus the federal GST.

Plans are to provide gravel and pavement, and county equipment and resources as required, at an estimated cost of $59,500.

“Residents of Rochon Sands Estates are requesting hard-surfacing of their roads and are extremely happy,” Fox said.

The county and the residents approved a local improvement plan for hard-surfacing at a maximum cost of $250,000 (to be shared 50/50).

Council awards gravel tender

Council awarded a tender to James Marshall Trucking Ltd. to haul and spread gravel from the Hand Hills Holdings Inc. pit directly on roads rather than stockpiling to the Asdee Stockpile site. The estimated cost is $78,000.

“This will save the steps of unloading, stockpiling and reloading and gets the gravel on our roads in a timelier manner,” Fox said.

The current 2012 budget for contract hauling was set at $160,000.

Right-of-way granted

Council granted permission to Shirley McClellan Regional Water Services Commission to construct a waterline from Stettler to Big Valley, and Stettler to Donalda, along the county right-of-way.

Waste to Energy conversion

County council approved a lease agreement between the county and Stettler Waste Management Authority for a Waste to Energy project with Prairie Bio Gas Ltd. on the Stettler regional landfill site.

It also requires approvals from the partnering municipalities, the Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Environment and ATCO Electric.

Members at large

Council approved a recommendation by staff that residents who represent the county on committees and board be remunerated to attend conferences and conventions, in line with council remuneration.

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