More road allowance obtained for G3 road May 14

County of Wetaskiwin approves right-of-way agreements

The County of Wetaskiwin acquired more right-of-way for a road project linked to the new grain terminal under construction along Hwy. #2A.

During the regular Public Works meeting May 14, councilors read a report from Assistant Director of Public Works Brian Anderson regarding acquisition of road allowance for the grain terminal project.

“In October 2018, adjacent landowners were informed that County Council along with County staff have identified Township Road 460 (from HWY 2A to RGE RD 240) and Range Road 240 (from TWP RD 460 to HWY 613) otherwise known as the G3 Resource Road project, as the most likely of County roads that will experience the greatest increase in truck traffic,” stated the agenda memo.

“To plan for this, the County proposes to upgrade RGE RD 240 (2 miles) and TWP RD 460 (2 miles) to a paved road standard. The upgrade will include road reconstruction, intersection upgrades, bridge upgrades, granular base course and pavement to a 9-metre top width.”

During discussion, staff stated that one land acquisition agreement in front of them was negotiated at a higher rate of pay to the landowner than previous agreements over the past couple of months. Anderson stated the higher rate will be retroactively applied to all such agreements, so no landowner is paid more than anyone else.

Councilor Kathy Rooyakkers asked how much more funding the county would have to pay. Anderson responded that the county will have to pay $16,000 for already approved agreements, plus the four agreements in front of council.

Councilor Bill Krahn said the project is important to the community and has to move forward regardless.

Anderson said another landowner is holding out because they want a guarantee on a future subdivision application before agreeing to anything.

Councilor Josh Bishop said in the future holdouts could be avoided by using a different route for the road, for example.

Derek and Alice Hoyle

“To proceed with the G3 project, ROHI Engineering has negotiated a Land Acquisition Agreement with Derek and Alice Hoyle for the purchase of 2.10 acres at SE 1-46-24 W4M. The land is required for the purpose of road widening. The land is valued at $7,000/per acre; therefore, the total purchase price will be $14,700.00 plus GST. Payment will be made once the Road Plan is registered with Alberta Land Titles.”

Councilors approved the agreement.

Ware Farms Ltd.

“To proceed with the G3 project, ROHI Engineering has negotiated a Land Acquisition Agreement with Ware Farms Inc. for the purchase of an estimated 3.91 acres total from the following land parcels: NW 6-46-23 W4M; SW 6-46-23 W4M; Part of SW 6-46-23 W4M; NE 12-46-24 W4M and SE 12-46-24 W4M. The land is required for the purpose of road widening.

“The land is valued at $7,000/per acre; therefore, the total purchase price will be $27,370.00 plus GST. Payment will be made once the Road Plan is registered with Alberta Land Titles. In addition to the above, the Owners agree to accept the sum of Two Thousand dollars ($2,000.00) per 1/2 mile of road frontage fencing for a fencing allowance. Existing is 3,070.5 linear meters of fence frontage for a total of $7,633.31.”

Councilors approved the agreement.

Darrel Henry Johnson

“To proceed with the G3 project, ROHI Engineering has negotiated a Land Acquisition Agreement with Darrel Henry Johnson for the purchase of an estimated 1.04 acres total from SW 7-46-23 W4M. The land is required for the purpose of road widening.

“The land is valued at $7,000/per acre; therefore, the total purchase price will be $7,280.00 plus GST. Payment will be made once the Road Plan is registered with Alberta Land Titles. In addition to the above, the Owner agrees to the following: the sum of Two Thousand dollars ($2,000.00) per 1/2 mile of road frontage fencing for a• fencing allowance for a total of $2,000.00. compensation for the potential loss of eight-inch (8”) diameter trees due to the taking of right of way, the Owners agree to accept the sum of Two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) per tree. The number of trees applicable to this cost will be assessed and agreed to prior to clearing operation being performed.”

Councilors approved the agreement.

Sheana McDermott and Gealene McDermott

“To proceed with the G3 project, ROHI Engineering has negotiated a Land Acquisition Agreement with Sheana McDermott and Gealene McDermott for the purchase of an estimated 0.171 acres total from NW 6-46-23 W4M; Plan 992 6208, Lot 1.

“The land is required for the purpose of road widening. The land is valued at $7,000/per acre; therefore, the total purchase price will be $1,190.00 plus GST. Payment will be made once the Road Plan is registered with Alberta Land Titles. In addition to the above, the Owners agree to accept the following: – As compensation for the potential loss of trees due to the taking of right of way, the Owners agree to accept the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) compensation for all trees affected. – The sum of Two Thousand dollars ($2,000.00) per 1/2 mile of road frontage fencing for a fencing allowance. Existing is 149.5 linear meters of fence frontage for a total of $371.66.”

Jerry Dennis Shantz and Brenda Ann Shantz

Councilors read another agreement at their Apr. 23 Public Works meeting.

“To proceed with the G3 project, ROHI Engineering has negotiated a Land Acquisition Agreement with Jerry Dennis Shantz and Brenda Ann Shantz for the purchase of 0.91 acres at Lot 1, Block 1, Plan 162 0198 (part of NE 36-45-24 W4M). The land is required for the purpose of road widening. The land is valued at $6,000/per acre; therefore the total purchase price will be $5,460.00 plus GST. Payment will be made once the Road Plan is registered with Alberta Land Titles.”

Councilors approved the agreement.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

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