County of Stettler approves new gravel truck, trailer, graders at March 10 meeting

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County of Stettler councillors approved well over $1 million in new vehicles and equipment for the Public Works department at their regular meeting March 10, after reading several reports presented by Director of Operations Rick Green.

The county will be buying a new gravel truck after councillors approved Green’s recommendation that read “... the County of Stettler No. 6 purchase a 2019 Freightliner 122SD with Canuck box from New West Freightliner Inc., Red Deer, AB at a purchase price of $196,735.40 plus GST, for a total purchase price of $206,572.17.” Combined with the trailer below the truck came in under budget.

The county had 10 options to choose from as a result of the tender but Green noted some of the vehicles in question didn’t fully meet requirements or were not currently in stock.

Gravel trailer

After reading the results of a tender for a new gravel trailer councillors picked the first of two options, a 2020 Canuck TR04 quad wagon from New West Freightliner Inc., Red Deer, Alberta at a purchase price of $79,706 plus GST. Green stated this trailer was 25 feet long, as opposed to another option offered to councillors, a 17 foot trailer that cost about $50,000.

Coun. Les Stulberg asked if the longer trailer would allow projects to get finished faster, and Green stated all things being equal, yes.

Coun. Dave Grover stated he saw longer trailers as being tougher to maneuver on gravel roads, but would vote for the 25 foot trailer.

The county had plenty of options as nine offers came in as a result of the tender. The 2020 Canuck TR04 quad wagon was under the budgeted amount.

New graders

Councillors approved Green’s recommendation “That the County of Stettler No. 6 purchase two 160 all-wheel drive graders with snow equipment and roller/packers from Finning Canada (Red Deer) at a purchase price of $558,900 plus GST per unit, for a total purchase price of $1,117,800.” The vehicles are Caterpillar brand.

He added that the new graders are included in the 2021 budget and the Finning offer was actually under budget.

Gadsby admin building

Councillors approved Green’s recommendation on awarding the Gadsby administration building Phase 2 environmental site assessment and hazardous materials assessment to Triton Environmental, Calgary, for $22,570.

The director of operation's report on the tender showed the substantial interest in the work, as 16 tenders were received ranging from $837.80 to $75,750.

Green added the tenders ranged significantly due to factors such as not knowing if underground tanks were on site.

Gadsby drainage

Councillors also approved Green’s recommendation for the Gadsby drainage master plan tender, his recommendation being, “That the County of Stettler No. 6 award the Gadsby Master Drainage Plan proposal to MPE Engineering Ltd., Red Deer, Alta. as per their proposal for $40,224.00 plus GST with a 10 per cent contingency for a project total of $44,246.40 plus GST.”

The director of operations noted his decision came down to price, reputation and skills.

Five tenders were received for the work but Green noted MPE has done work in Gadsby before.

Dust control

Councillors unanimously approved Green’s recommendation for dust control materials provider.

His recommendation read, “That the County of Stettler No. 6 award the 2021 Supply and Apply Calcium Chloride Brine (32 per cent) to Rener Calcium & Dust Control, Camrose, Alta. as per their proposal quote submission.”

Rener is from Camrose and offered 0.180 per litre. Five other bids were received and Rener’s was the lowest.

More dust control

Councillors also unanimously approved Green’s recommendation for a dust control materials provider, this time for oil supply for the 2021 dust control program.

His recommendation read, “That the County of Stettler No. 6 award the 2021 supply and apply asphalt emulsion dust suppressant to Read on Roads Inc., (of) Okotoks.”

Green’s report only noted one tender for the materials, and noted Read on Roads would use a product called DL10 special.

The supply cost per litre was quoted a 0.573 and hourly rate as $195.

Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, East Central Alberta Review