Repairs to Donalda bridge scheduled for late summer

A bridge in the Donalda area will be back on the road with major repairs this summer.

County of Stettler acting reeve Lawrence Wilkie presents a $500 cheque to Carlie Gendre to support the young Erskine wrestler as she prepares to compete in the Pan Am Games at Colombia from Aug. 6 to 12.

A bridge in the Donalda area will be back on the road with major repairs this summer.

At its monthly June meeting, County of Stettler council awarded a tender to Bridgemen Services Ltd. of Didsbury to upgrade the Donalda bridge on Range Road 18-5 about one mile north of the village with a cost of $435,313.

“We received only one bid,” chief administrative officer Tim Fox said.

Council added $20,000 for contingency funding for the project.

“It’s a simple project, with new piles and new girders,” said Rick Green, director of engineering for the county.

After permits to work around waterways have been approved by the provincial government, he expects work to start around Aug. 30.

“We anticipate a 12-day bridge closure for repairs and final completion by Sept. 15,” said Joel Wozny of the contract company.

Council committed to pay for half the cost to complete dust control on Township Road 37-4 east of Highway 56 in front of Linda Hall, as Linda Hall society requested a free service.

County administration estimated the full cost at $1,336.55 for a 200-meter application of calcium chloride.

While the society wrote that this would enhance use of the hall, one councillor suggest the society warn some of the area users slow down.

“Most of the dust is caused by ball players who roar up and down the road, they should monitor that,” Councillor Terry Schiffner said.

Council discussed plans to process to construct a water reservoir in Erskine with the cost estimated at $2,903,533.

“We need to plan it properly, and maybe save some money,” Reeve Wayne Nixon said.

Council updated the county’s policy to construct roads where applicants have the option for cost sharing or authorize the county to construct the road with its equipment.

“It’s not a cost to the county and it will benefit the county,” Fox said.

Council was informed that the provincial Basic Municipal Transportation Grant will generate $625,925 for road improvements while the Federal Gas Tax Fund will add $290,688.

Council granted support to Stettler and District Agricultural Society for its application to Farm Credit Canada AgriSpirit Fund to purchase a Bobcat tractor for $25,000.

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