County helps Central Alberta Raceways with gravel donation

County councillors approved 7,000 tonnes of gravel to help Central Alberta Raceways during a meeting June 17.

County councillors approved 7,000 tonnes of gravel to help Central Alberta Raceways during a meeting June 17.

Herb Schwingel, public works superintendent for the county said he received the request for gravel in their pit area. Schwingel said the gravel would amount to $70,000 worth of work and product and would take about one week to complete the work.

Council approved the request unanimously.

High load corridor considerations

A request to help pay for the burial of power lines on Highway 53 from Ponoka to Highway 21 was approved by county councillors.

The request came from the Gemini Corporation who seeks a high load corridor on the route for its large fabricated oil field units, said CAO Charlie Cutforth.

“There’s a general benefit in having this done,” he said.

Companies such as Treo Drilling, Calnash Trucking and Big Country Energy Services could make use of this high load corridor and have also been asked by Gemini to help pay.

Cutforth told councillors that the cost to raise the power lines every time they move a unit is approximately $147,000 and Gemini is struggling to be competitive in the industry.

Ponoka County approved 25 per cent of the cost or up to $200,000.

“No money changes hands until the partners are in place,” Cutforth added.

Master drainage plan for Wolf Creek

In an effort to ease flooding of the Wolf Creek and Whelp Brook south of Ponoka, county councillors seek to finalize a drainage plan.

The proposed plan was presented to council by Peter Stevens with MPA Engineering who said four local authorities; Ponoka County, City of Lacombe, Town of Blackfalds and Lacombe County have all agreed to a master plan that they all can follow.

The report was approved to be finalized, which will then be sent to Alberta Environment for approval.