RM of Piapot held its monthly meeting on September 14th at Piapot. Present were Councillors, Travis Harlick, Lorne Kusler, Clay Moorhead, Kelly Bertram, Doug Casey, Graham Markert, Administrator Jenny Robinson and myself, Reeve John Wagner.
First of all, I would express our condolences to Kelly Bertram, the Bertram family, Mike Monk and his family for the sudden death of Penny Bertram. Penny was one of the kindest individuals that I have ever known. She will be missed.
Our meetings now start with Dan Martin, our gravel hauling contractor, sitting in on the division reports. That way he finds out what roads need to be done and if there are any problems or in some cases compliments. Dan is doing a good job, he is not quite up to his predecessor Garry Klien’s 20.5 hour work days, but he is doing a good job. In the division reports everything was fairly good. A few small things like cleaning up old culverts, some rocks to pick, some holes showing up and we need to move the old pay-loader back to the Glennie Pit (the pit south of Don and Judy Moorhead’s).
In mentioning gravel pits, we had Amec come in and measure our gravel piles so we can get a baseline to work from. As of Sept. 12th the Glennie Pit had 9,570 cu. yards of 7/8 gravel and 8,606 cu. yards of 1.5 inch gravel. The Kriwoken Pit has 6,501 cu. yards of 7/8 inch and 2,301 cu. yards of 5/8 inch for seal coating. The Scott Pit has 21,603 cu. yards of 7/8 inch and 11,758 cu. yards of 1.5 inch. We crushed approximately 32,000 cu. yds., however have already hauled out over 10,000. We still have a few problems with too much bleed in the pile, however our gravel crew is working through it. TK Crushing has moved out of the pit. We hire Jim Wagner to do our gravel inspections and testing while the crush is going on. I will give you his summary from his report to let you know what happened.
This is Jim’s summary: Crush started approximately 6th of July. I was hired to start checking on the 12th of July. Crusher was not bleeding off any fines at all as the new screener needed to be installed. Crush continued until 17th of July when they were asked to quit crushing until the screen was installed. All test results were texted to the operators, crusher owner and to councilor Travis Harlick as soon as they were done. The crusher started again on 22nd of July. Rubber belting was installed under screen to prevent all the fines from being bled off, holes were cut in belting until approx. 15% bleed was achieved. This was reached on July 26th. From then on in my estimation 15% bleed was maintained till end of crush. Percentages started to climb later in crush due to raw material becoming more sandy. Crusher had some problems with their loader and that resulted in several days of breakdowns. Overall average of what I tested was 21%. Fines are mainly sand with some clay. Crew very pleasant and easy to work with. Jim Wagner.
The RM of Bigstick asked if they could rent our van to do a road tour. The answer was no they can’t rent it but they can use it anytime they want. We appreciate the good working relationship with Bigstick.
Don Dean found an industrial pallet fork for our Cat loader for $3200. We agreed to buy it for unloading grader blades, culverts, etc. around the yard. Before this the guys were using chains tied to the loader bucket. This is a lot safer.
A few other things going on in the RM are: Mike Monk is doing a longer flush time on the water lines and is reporting better results. We are going to have our weed inspector, Farron Hoffman, look into scentless chamomile that has shown up in the Kriwoken Pit. Council is looking into a proposal to work with the RM of Maple Creek on extending the contract for the cougar hunter who works with Sask. Environment on problem cougars. For the time being we have a resolution going to the SARM Convention in November to allow hunting to reduce the numbers. We are looking into better signage on the pavement south of Piapot. Years ago the pavement was the #614 then that was changed and the Sidewood Grid that goes south to Eastend became the #614 (the province’s idea not ours). The gps maps all still show the pavement as the #614 and we are working with everyone from Sask. Ministry of Highways to Information Services Corp. to get it changed on the gps maps.
Alfie Wakelam was appointed to the District Board of Revision, thank you Alfie for doing that. This is the board you go to if you appeal your assessment and can’t get an agreement with SAMA and the municipality.
Lately I have seen some coverage regarding the federal gas tax fund, ours amounts to a total of $95,709 paid out over 5 installments over 5 years. In comparison our revenue sharing from the province this year is $366,436 and that is every year.
You probably read in the paper that nominations for Reeve and Division 1,3,5 and 7 Councilors were open. No changes or elections, Travis Harlick for Div. 1, Clay Moorhead for Div. 3, Kelly Bertram for Div. 5, Doug Casey for Div. 7 and myself John Wagner as Reeve. These are four year terms.
According to the calendar year we are starting into fall, however it does not look like it. Still a lot of green around. This is a problem for our mowers as the grass in the ditches will not stop growing. Our crew is busy between gravelling, grading, mowing, etc. It has been a different year. Harvest is almost over in the north part of the RM and has barely started in the hills to the south. Hay crops were good even though it was an endurance challenge to get them baled up. There is lots of feed around. I have even seen Alberta trucks loading in the RM and hauling back to Alberta, which is not common. Everyone is kind of holding their breath about the upcoming calf market. There is not a lot of good news out there in the cattle industry with some major feedlots shutting down. As one of my neighbours said “I didn’t expect the high prices to last forever, but I didn’t think I would be digging into the sock this quick.”
I saw a quote the other day that I liked and I have to add a disclaimer as this is not directed toward anyone, it is simply a funny quote.
When you are dead, you do not know that you are dead. All of the pain is felt by others. The same thing happens when you are stupid.
I have to remove the disclaimer as this quote came to mind after I watched an absolutely rediculous animal rights video the other day. As always “onward and upward”.
Our next meeting is October 12th at 1PM.