Ponoka is going to a full organic compost program and planners are looking at competitive bids to update the town’s waste management program. File photo

Ponoka approves full organics compost program

Planners begin the process of requesting competitive bids to update the waste management program

Ponoka is going to a full organic compost program.

After several community open houses and public feedback the town has opted to enter into a competitive bid program that will see the town’s waste management program updated in the new year.

Chris McKenna, manager of operations said with the organics compost program, he expects the town will divert 15 per cent of waste from the landfill.

When asked by Coun. Sandra Lyon what she expects the monthly costs to be, McKenna said in talking with GFL, the current contractor for the town, it would cost an additional $2 per month if the town used the service with the current contract.

With a competitive process, the town may get a better price, but it won’t be known until bids come in, he added.

McKenna has toured GFL’s compost site.

“I went on site and it’s pretty impressive what they’re doing down there,” said McKenna.

The town is now in the process of requests for tenders.

Council approves $300,000 electrical truck

The town’s electrical department has a digger truck that is not safe to use.

Because of that, council approved the purchase of a $291,000 truck to replace the old one.

McKenna offered four options to council: First, to leave things status quo, second to rent a truck but there is a minimum six-month rental at $8,795 per month, thirdly is a rent-to-own possibility with 75 per cent of the cost going to the purchase of the truck and the fourth option, to purchase the truck.

The town has been approved through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funds to purchase the truck

It’s estimated the town will get about $25,000 in trade-in value for the old truck but council requested administration look at other options such as selling the old truck or using it for other purposes.

While the truck may come at a high cost its use is for important areas such as setting power poles or handling power outages after storms. It is also used in setting transformers and their bases.

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