On behalf of Council, I am pleased to provide you with the highlights of the MD of Wainwright’s operations for the 2020 fiscal year.
In 2020, our construction crew improved approximately 13 miles of road. Our crews completed the construction of the south Jarrow Road connecting onto Highway 14. Other projects included fixing a number of roads that were flooded due to the high amount of precipitation we experienced in the summer. In addition, we added 10.5 miles of the cement base stabilization to our key local road network, making a total of 100 miles of cement within the municipality. Our focus going forward is to maintain our cement roads by re-chipping them. The aggregate chip seal provides a safe and durable finish to the road as well as acts to protect and extend the life of the cement base.
In 2020, the M.D. of Wainwright hired a contractor to complete the reconstruction of the Giltedge Road formally known as S.H. 614. This project was a success and the final price came in over $2 million under budget. The road is now prepared for 5 miles of pavement from Highway 41 to the Gilt Edge Hall, which is planned for 2021. The remainder of road is scheduled for cement stabilization and chip seal. This is planned to start in 2022.
Regular road maintenance continued as usual, with nearly 120,000 metric tonnes of gravel applied to our gravel roads. We use both private and MD trucks to haul and spread the gravel. We are maintaining our road maintenance grader fleet at seven graders, with one additional grader being used to supplement other graders where it is needed. This additional grader was busy reclaiming our gravel road tops when it was available. Also, to maintain our stockpiles of gravel, we hired a private contractor to crush 156,020 metric tonnes of gravel.
Riverdale Mini-Park, operated by M.D. of Wainwright staff, provided a very valuable service for campers and golfers, especially during the pandemic. Arm Lake, operated by a contractor, also provided another valuable service for campers, boaters and beach goers. Both parks experienced some delays in starting the season and some limitations due to the pandemic; however, both finished the season quite well considering the circumstances.
The MD Administration team worked hard in planning and organizing these projects to ensure that they were successful. On behalf of Council, I would like to thank them for their dedication to the MD over the course of the year.
In closing, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Council, Administration and all MD employees for their continued support throughout this last year.
Bob Barss, Reeve