Town of Slave Lake Council notebook

May 8, 2018 meeting

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Beach clean-up: June 2 is the big day

CAO Brian Vance’s report for council started off with the news that town and Provincial Parks people had met to talk about cleaning Devonshire Beach.
“They’re willing to work with us,” he said. “Also, they recently purchased their own tractor and disc.”
Saturday, June 2 is scheduled for beach clean-up day. The town is encouraging individuals or groups to sign up for the event, which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and includes a barbecue lunch.
“Let’s hope we get a good turnout,” said councillor Brice Ferguson.

CN crossings to be fixed – maybe even soon

Vance had good news on the state of a couple of CN Rail crossings in town. CN has said they (or their contractor) would be in town soon to bring the pavement up to eliminate the nasty bump the raising of the tracks has created.
This news drew a ‘woo hoo!” from councillor Julie Brandle, who has been asking about the repairs for months.

Sidewalk repairs: not all, but certainly some

Vance reported that a package on repairs has been prepared to send out to contractors for prices. The list of spots most in need of fixing has been put together, “and since the list is larger than the budget, we will prioritize each site and scale it back to fit the budget.”
Speaking of sidewalks, councillor Brandle said there are places where “you don’t even have a sidewalk,” due to encroaching grass. Where this is happening next to town property, maybe something should be done about it. Private property is another matter.

Sweeping, sweeping, and more sweeping

Lots of street and boulevard sweeping happening, with three machines going. Vance said about half the town had been done.
Councillor Brandle pointed out that after a machine passes, in some spots there’s still a lot of material left. They just have to keep at it, said Vance.

Fifth and fifth northeast to start when the frost comes out

Vance’s report included the news that rehabilitation work on 5th Ave. and 5th St. NE would begin after the frost comes out, with mid-June estimated. At that, councillor Darin Busk said he’d seen an email suggesting closure as of May 15. He asked if the necessary notifications were going out.
“I just don’t want residents to be taken off guard,” he said.

Other stuff, such as bad roads and dust control

Councillor Ferguson mentioned that frost heaves in Gloryland are worse than usual. Mayor Tyler Warman asked about the dust control plan. As usual, it is to do it after the frost comes out and graveling is done, said Vance. It can be done sooner, but then it would have to be done again, and “it is very expensive.”

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