County of Forty Mile council voted in favour of looking into Winnifred’s infrastructure issues with the solutions brought forth to the council to consider in the long term at its July 10 council meeting.
The hamlet in the eastern part of the county had concerns from its residence which included the hauling of non-potable water, solid water disposal and various issues surrounding Range Road 95 including traffic speed and maintenance.
These concerns came up at a meeting in 2018 after results were unveiled from a study that was conducted by Scheiffer Andrew Consulting.
Water supply options that could be possibly looked into include entering into a water supply agreement with St. Mary’s River irrigation District (SMRID). Additionally, there would be a bulk water fill building similar to Burdett’s for use by county residents for spraying and to provide residence with a local source of irrigation water.
Other options include a a stream storage site at a suitable location near the hamlet for water storage, the extension of irrigation lines throughout the community to all residential lights and or regional water line from Bow Island.
A solid waster option would be to enter into a one year agreement with Bow Island.
Lastly, Range Road 95 from Highway 3 is on the 2019 road program for re-shaping where a stabilizer suppressant will be added to the road top to preserve the surface.
Council approved the motion to purchase an RCH 15iii Hydraulic road side mower from Evcon Equipment Ltd., in Lethbridge for $61,850.
Coun. Joan Hughson’s motion for the county to purchase a 2012 International 4400 water truck for $129,000 plus a spray-in liner for the tank at a cost of another $6,000 was approved by council for the public works department.
As per council’s approval, the County of Forty Mile will dig a hole so the Village of Foremost can install a new valve at its campground’s bulk water station.