By Treena Mielke
At its regular meeting Sept. 29, Ponoka County council agreed to haul 5,000 more tonnes of gravel to Central Alberta Raceways Project in Rimbey next year.
The county has hauled 22,000 tonnes of gravel to the raceways to date. The county also purchased filter cloth for the project, but is to be reimbursed by Central Alberta Raceways.
2012 road construction program looked at
Public works superintendent Herb Schwingel told council four miles of the Harmonie Road (RR 30) north of Bluffton is scheduled for construction as well as the completion of RR 284 in the 2012 road construction program.
Council will bring proposals for other projects to its Oct. 25 meeting.
Fieldman reports on weeds
In his report to council, agricultural fieldman Shayne Steffen noted that 532 sites were inspected for weeds this year. One weed inspector will remain on staff to follow up with weeds in the west end of the county.
Steffen said rural addressing signs have been delivered west of the Fourth Meridian and delivery was continuing.
Library budget to increase
Council agreed to a 10-cent per capita increase next year for the Parkland Regional Library’s budget.
Transfer site considered for Rimbey
County council agreed to consider during its 2012 budget deliberations the possibility of creating a transfer station in Rimbey to assist residents who were hauling garbage to the Bluffton landfill.
County endorses Bethany’s proposal
Council supported Coun. Gawney Hinkley’s motion that Ponoka County endorse the application of Bethany Group as CAO of Rimoka Foundation.
Septic system support
County council agreed to contribute $11,949 to the septic receiving system at Wolf Creek Golf Resort in 2012.
More $ into Internet service
County council will shell out approximately $110,000 for the installation of two microsites recommended by CCI Wireless to give the county consistent Internet service.
The towers are to be bought back from the county over the next 15 years.
“We need to front-end the cost of installing these,” said CAO Charlie Cutforth. “As long as we can get a signal to residents we’ve fulfilled our obligation.”