Town sees savings in crack sealing and paving

Sometimes there is wiggle room when proposals come in under budget.

Sometimes there is wiggle room when proposals come in under budget.

Town planners took advantage of a proposal by Border Paving that came in under the budgeted amount and were able to add to it after town council approved the change. The request was made during the regular meeting of council Tuesday, April 26 after seeing Border Paving’s asphalt and crack sealing came in under budget by $148,000.

The town’s operations department identified certain areas that need paving and crack sealing repairs and budgeted $400,000 for the project, explained Dave McPhee, director of operations and property services.

Of the three valid submissions Border Paving came in at $251,000 compared to $336,000 for Blue Sky Coating and $338,000 for Kantax. Seeing the low number McPhee also requested Border Paving add some other projects.

Those add-ons are further paving and crack sealing around town, including an area where there are frost-boil issues, and at the Ponoka Industrial Airport at $69,000.

McPhee said the work is expected over the summer months as the company is also paving the road realignment project at the new North Bridge.

Council approved the request with little discussion.

Town continues with ENMAX

Council approved a one-year contract renewal with ENMAX Energy to continue its regulated rate services with the town.

CAO Albert Flootman said this is a basic renewal and there is no affect to the town’s finances. ENMAX provides and bills electricity to Ponoka residents who have not signed an electrical contract with a retailer. The contract is set to expire April, 30 2017.

FOIP policy approved

Council approved the third and final reading of the proposed Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy policy from the previous meeting.

There was no discussion on the item.