It wasn’t unanimous, but Slave Lake town council voted to finally do something about the roads in the Gloryland subdivision. These have been causing problems for years. Various minor fixes have been attempted, but the problem remains. The roads were built to an inferior standard, and the council of the day allowed it to happen. The developer isn’t liable, and the town is left with the mess.
The question before council was this: Should the Gloryland road rebuild project be put on the 10-year capital plan priority list, and in what position? The recommendation was to put it at the top and get the work done in 2020.
“Gloryland roads have continued to fail,” said town project manager Doug Baird, presenting the report. “The grader can’t do some sections because it’s too heavy.”
Leading off the discussion, mayor Tyler Warman acknowledged he would probably take some heat due to the fact he lives in Gloryland. But he said the town has been hearing about how bad the Gloryland roads are for years. Eighty per cent of the complaints about town roads come from there, he said.
Councillor Darin Busk was all for it. In all nine years he’s been on council, he said, it’s been a big problem.
“I just want to get it done right,” he said. Getting it done right means no fooling around with a ‘modified’ standard for the grade, which was one of the less-expensive options.
“I agree,” said councillor Julie Brandle. “We’ve been saying we’re going to do something for a long time.”
Several other options were presented, ranging from rebuilding just two of the streets, to doing all of them to gravel to the works with pavement. The latter of those carries an estimated price tag of $2.19 million.
“Bring it up to a paved standard,” said Busk.
Council voted 6 – 1 in favour of that option. Councillor Joy McGregor was opposed, but did not say why.
As a result of that decision, the rehabilitation of 3rd St. SW gets bumped out of the top position on the priority list. It’s a more expensive job (over $3 million), because the water and sewer lines under it need to be replaced as well.