County council helps out Bluffton Hall

Ponoka County council has decided to purchase a Caterpillar compactor for the Bluffton landfill.

Ponoka County council has decided to purchase a Caterpillar compactor for the Bluffton landfill.

At their Dec. 11 meeting, council discussed the merits of two different compactors, the Bomag compacter and the Caterpillar.

County CAO Charlie Cutforth said Bomag compacters are known to run well but the service isn’t up to the counties desired standards.

The quality of Caterpillar compacters is less known but Cutforth hasn’t heard of any problems.

The landfill has a Bomag compactor in use; however, it’s off warranty and sitting at approximately 6,000 hours of use. “If worst comes to worst we could run this Bomag another year,” said Cutforth.

The Caterpillar will cost between $507,000 and $510,000, and a Bomag would cost $550,000.

Rimbey lagoon outfall request

The Town of Rimbey requested support from county council for their lagoon outlet project.

County council accepted the request as information but made no further decision at their Dec. 11 meeting.

The outfall system from the lagoon is 5.6 kilometers and runs south to the Blindman River. Based on an engineer’s report, the total cost to clean the outfall channel would be approximately $600,000.

Cutforth showed council photos of standing water throughout the outfall path but no one believed the water was significant or out of the ordinary.

“There’s some potential improvements for the affected land along that outfall,” added Cutforth. “And I thought, well really, that is such flat, low wetland anyway. How much impact does this really have, and how is it the responsibility of the county?”

Bluffton Hall support

County council is donating $6,000 to the Bluffton Hall to deal with water drainage issues.

“They had standing water that wouldn’t drain from the building,” said Cutforth. There is concern that increased humidity caused by the water could lead to mold.

“When they built their addition onto the hall three years ago, they’ve had some water issues,” said Cutforth, in recommending the county’s support.

In the last year the hall hosted around 40 functions, most attended by more than 200 people. These numbers affirmed to council the hall is still a well-used building in the community.

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