2018 Annual Report
In 2018, our construction crew improved approximately 9.5 miles of road. Most of this work was completed in Division 1, with some smaller roads improved in the Wainwright area. Our construction crews and development department continued to 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. This year we added 8 more miles of the cement base stabilization to our key local road network, resulting in a total of 87 miles of cement within the municipality. This type of road has proven to provide a good, durable and mostly ban-free road that is standing the test of time by requiring little to no maintenance as compared to oiled roads. Over the last two years, the MD has also completed 10 miles of road stabilization using a product which provides surface gravel stabilization as well as dust control for the road. This product provides cost savings in terms of gravelling and dust control and we will continue to monitor the performance of these roads throughout 2019.
We have significantly reduced the number of oiled roads in our municipality, as cement has replaced many of our busiest oiled roads. At the completion of 2018, oiled roads in the municipality totaled 45 miles, which is a reduction of 43 miles since 2010 and a significant cost savings due to less oiled road maintenance. Cement roads last an average of 7 to 9 years, as compared to oiled roads which last 2 to 3 years.
Regular road maintenance continued as usual, with nearly 115,000 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 private contractors to crush 340,900 metric tonnes of gravel. We continue to work towards finding new sources of gravel to ensure our future maintenance needs are met.
The MD utilized the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) operating grant of $138,633 from the provincial government towards the fire departments and recreation operations within the municipality. Due to government cut backs, this funding was reduced from $219,411 in 2017. The MD was able to maintain the same or improved service as in previous years despite the reduction in funding.
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.