On behalf of Council, I am pleased to provide you with the highlights of the MD of Wainwright’s operations for the 2019 fiscal year.
In 2019, our construction crew improved approximately 9.5 miles of road. Most of this work was completed in Division 1 as well as some smaller roads in the Wainwright area. Our construction crews and development department continued work on reclamation of our gravel pits, which was necessary to meet obligations under our environmental permits and to be good stewards of the environment. In addition, we added 2 more miles of the cement base stabilization to our key local road network, making a total of 89 miles of cement within the municipality. We also re-cemented 3 miles of existing cement as part of our maintenance program. This was conducted in the Greenshields area on the very first road we cemented in 2009. 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 the cement base from our harsh Alberta climate changes.
In 2019, the M.D. of Wainwright successfully negotiated the de-designation of S.H. 614 in the Gilt Edge area. This 13 mile road will now become an important link in the M.D. of Wainwright’s overall key local road network. Our plan is to rebuild the road in 2020 with a provincial government grant of $3,500,000.
Regular road maintenance continued as usual, with nearly 123,000 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 269,791 metric tonnes of gravel. We continue to work towards finding new sources of gravel for crushing to ensure our future gravel maintenance needs are met.
Our recreation areas had another successful year in 2019. Riverdale Mini-Park, operated by M.D. of Wainwright staff, provided a very valuable service for campers and golfers. Arm Lake, operated by a contractor, provided another valuable service for campers, boaters and beach goers. The M.D. sets its camping and golfing rates to make it very affordable for local families to enjoy recreational opportunities close to home.
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