Councillors have commissioned New West Geomatics to conduct a survey of 19 gravesites in Ponoka County at a cost of $89,540.
CAO Charlie Cutforth feels this will help the county keep track of the sites as there are some older gravesites that do not even have gravestones.
Survey costs per cemetery range from $4,000 to $6,460. Once the surveys are complete, annual updates will cost approximately $5,000 per year.
Reeve Paul McLauchlin said the newer sites are going to be easier to survey. “Some of the smaller ones are going to be hard.”
Each individual gravesite will be surveyed and logged with the company and if possible, names will be attached to each gravesite on the completed surveys. The survey will exclude the gravesites in the Towns of Ponoka and Rimbey.
Road naming request approved
Council approved the name change of Range Road 251 that exits east of Highway 2A to McKelvie Road.
The majority of landowners on that small stretch of road are McKelvies, explained Cutforth.
“All families are in agreement,” he explained.
Road allowance lease
A long-standing road allowance lease renewal with Megan Nichols was approved by county council. The length of the road is 0.2 miles on Range Road 222 south of Township Road 424 and was approved for a further three years for $5 a year.