5,000 tonnes of gravel to be sold to Birch Hills County

Mac Olsen
Express Staff

The M.D. of Smoky River No. 130 will sell 5,000 tonnes of gravel to Birch Hills Country, to assist with their flooding problems.

This is one of the issues that the M.D. council dealt with during their meeting on May 9.

Concerning flooding in the M.D. of Smoky River No. 130, Kevin Cymbaluk, the director of operations, noted that almost 500 damage locations have been documented and work tickets continue to be issued for more. The repair work includes bridge inspections and repairs, culverts, siltation, erosion and gravel contamination.

The M.D. will send an application for disaster relief to the Alberta Emergency Management Agency.

The National Disaster Mitigation Plan study has commenced for the M.D., with WSP acting as consultant.

The M.D.’s summer gravel program has commenced and there are 400 km roads to be completed.

In other news, capital projects for 2018 are getting their approvals, tenders and designed.

The Canadian Water/Wastewater Fund lift station projects for Guy and Jean Cote will start in July and they should be completed by October. Also, the public works department is working with Google to improve rural address searches.

The M.D. is set to upgrade the repeater tower they purchased from Signum Wireless. Final approval for the purchase was given in April and the tower is located near the grazing range southeast of Donnelly.


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