Brian Morrison from ISL Engineering and Alan Godrey, Sexsmith public works superintendent, spoke to Sexsmith town council on Monday night about potential road projects in 2022.
Rachel Wueschner, Sexsmith’s chief administration officer (CAO), said that the town would potentially have about $650,000 for capital purchases or projects through grant funding.
Godrey’s first recommendation was for storm and culvert ditch work at 99 Ave. and 93 St. at an estimated cost of $275,900.
He noted that patchwork was done in the spring and summer, but it is a top priority for the public works department to ensure it is done.
The next spot that Godrey believes needs work is the laneway from 100 Ave. to 95 St., which has some drainage issues, with repairs coming in at an estimated cost of $148,046.
He said his reasoning for picking that spot was because it would benefit the most residents.
The road would have an inverted crown to accommodate drainage from adjacent parking lots, creating a V-shaped road.
Godrey also suggested that paving be done to the 101 Ave. deadend west of 93 St., which has an estimated cost of $9,123.
The final suggested road project was 96 St. between 100 Ave. and 99 Ave., at an estimated cost of $103,990.
“When we have done paving in the past, there is a percentage that has been paid for by the residents on that street whenever it is not a main thoroughfare, and that is historically the way that we've dealt with it,” explained mayor Kate Potter.
The town will cover about 50 to 80 per cent of the cost while residents would then pay the remaining cost in their taxes over the next 25 years, explained Potter.
A few residents shared their concern about one of the proposed projects in the report that would see paving and possibly creating a roadway through the dead-end street on 98 St. north of 95 Ave.
The residents said that they bought their home in that spot because of how quiet it was and were happy with the gravel road to their homes.
Councillor Ken Hildebrand said that if the residents are happy with the amount of service their street is receiving, then the town should leave it until they want changes, especially if it is not causing any issues anywhere else.
The discussion on the next steps to pursue the road projects will be discussed at the Nov. 9 budget meeting.
Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News