By Cole Parkinson
After a previous discussion and questions around Municipal District of Taber haul road agreements, answers have been brought to council.
During council’s regular meeting on March 8, an update around how haul road agreements are done was explained to council. Administration explained they use a template of standard road use agreement, but not everyone is the same.
“One thing to remember when we go through this is this is a template and it will be changed depending on what type of requests the hauler is looking for,” explained Stu Weber, director of Public Works. “When we do these agreements, we do have the ability to charge whatever we see fit for these agreements, depending on what they’re doing. In the template agreement, we have a sum of $1, which we change depending on the situation and if we want to bond or not. It just depends on the type of work that’s happening.”
Weber further explained to council that he does his due diligence with each and every case that comes forward.
“Any sort of industrial activity where there are large amounts of truck traffic, we enter into these agreements. It just so happens most of the time it’s for aggregate hauls or something similar. With this agreement, what happens is the company initiates with a call to me and then we go out and videotape the road before the haul occurs. I will have a meeting with the representatives of the company and we’ll go through that. We’ll actually do a drive together as well and discuss any condition changes, anything they need to look out for, and then we’ll agree the road is in suitable condition currently. Once that is agreed to, an adequate haul route will be notified and marked.”
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