Gravel truck, trailer, graders purchase approved

Stu Salkeld
Written by Stu Salkeld

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, Alta. 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., 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 Caterpillar 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.”

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

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.”

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

ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.

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