M.D. of Lesser Slave River: Council notebook

Aug. 23, 2017
Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Adding to scope on paving
Council was informed that a developer was adding six approaches off Poplar Lane, just ahead of the paving project. The timing is such that paving these approaches is required, but was not included in the original scope. The cost to do it is around $18,000.
“So if somebody puts in an approach next year it’s up to them to pay for the paving?” asked councillor Darren Fulmore.
“Yes,” said Bill Klassen, transportation director.
“The ship has sailed,” said councillor Brian Rosche.
Council approved the additional expenditure, to be taken out of the project’s contingency fund.
The company putting in the approaches is Peace Country Holdings. According to a map provided for council, the lots in question are on the south side of Poplar Lane, just east of Poplar Drive.

Pitching in on water line project
The M.D. has taken another look at the Town of Slave Lake’s Main St. North waterline replacement project. The recommendation from administration was for council to approve a $227,000 contribution to the project. It would see M.D. customers on Main St. north of Tamarack Rd. getting service from a new waterline.
This was more or less what the town had originally proposed, but M.D. council had rejected. The town subsequently decided to abandon the old line along Main St. and service its three customers on that section of Main St. via a new line it plans to install along Tamarack Rd. This left the M.D. customers in a pickle. They still had the original line, but it was not long for this world.
“That old six-inch line – we’ll be paying $10,000 every time it breaks,” M.D. utilities manager Lyle Farris told council. “The only thing holding it together is the calcium inside.”
“So we have to go into reserves?” asked Rosche.
“Yes,” said CAO Allan Winarski, adding that “this is only the beginning,” of such waterline replacements. “Other stuff is getting pretty old.”
Winarski further advised council that the proposed 4” replacement line will be good for up to 18 hook-ups. If developments in the area eventually surpass that number, it won’t measure up.
“If we have dreams of doing things across the river,” he said, “this line ain’t going to do it.”
Council approved the expenditure.

Services for west end seniors
Peggy Laing, who manages Family and Community Support Services for the M.D. had good news. The Gentle Ben Care Society of Smith, she reported, has agreed to take on the task of providing services to seniors and people with disabilities in the west end of the M.D., similar to what it does in the Smith/Hondo area.
“Gentle Ben is a good fit,” said Laing in her written report, “because they have all the necessary components in place (i.e. a board, a coordinator, a bookkeeper, WCB, insurance and years of experience.).”
What’s still needed, Laing advised council, is an identified need large enough to allow Gentle Ben to hire someone to do the work. This would be on a 50/50 cost split with the clients, for services such as yard work, cleaning, transportation to appointments and so on. Where clients don’t meet the income threshold, but still want or need the help, they have the option of paying the whole cost.
“I don’t see this rolling out the door until 2018,” Laing said.
Council approved the proposal.

Good luck on picker truck
The M.D. had budgeted for a five-tonne picker truck in 2017, but had been unable until recently to locate one that fit the budget or was in good enough shape. Klassen reported that not long ago one came on the market that looks good. Advertised at 72,000 kilometres and asking $49,500, it was right in the M.D.’s wheelhouse. By the time M.D. staff got down to the dealership to check it out, it had another 20,000 kms. on it, so they wrangled a price reduction to $43,000, which is $2,000 under the amount in the budget.
“We’ve got so many uses for it,” Klassen said. Changing grader tires, for one thing; moving bins around at waste transfer stations for another.
Council approved the purchase.

Board reports
ASB – Councillor Fulmore reported the good news that the Ag Service Board would be getting funding for another three years. In other ASB news, a solar power workshop is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Flatbush hall, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Keriks – Murray and Debbie – have been nominated and will receive the Farm Family of the Year Award, Fulmore said.
Adding to the report, councillor Esau said the theme for this year’s Fall Social is ‘locally produced,’ and accordingly will feature food products made in the area.
Slave Lake Airport – LED lights have been a success, from a couple of points of view, council heard. They are much brighter (this from councillor Rosche), and power usage this summer has been down 30 per cent (from councillor Fulmore). Also from Fulmore was the news that the next year’s overlay project will produce a fair amount of milling material. Could the M.D. use any of it?
“We’ll take all of it,” offered councillor Esau.



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