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By A. R. Vander Vegt
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Sturgeon Lake city council moves to 'advance the roads'


A. R. Vander Vegt

Purple basalt will be laid on the intersection of Logan and Cemetery.

In lieu of spreading chloride over unpaved roads this summer, Sturgeon Lake city councilors voted to conduct a trial run of purple basalt at the intersection of Logan Drive and Cemetery Road.

Councilor Jessica Langhorst presented the option of purple basalt at the May 10 city council meeting after having toured Sturgeon Lake roads with Scott Helfman of public works and Scott Williams of Scott Williams Trucking, who contracts with the city for road grading and snow removal.

Williams said the purple basalt is available in Askov for $20-$22 a yard. While the current gravel used tends to spread apart causing potholes and requires regular maintenance with the spreading of the chloride, he believes the purple basalt will require much less oversight.

Their decision to move forward with purchasing and applying purple basalt comes in the season of needing to order chloride for this year's maintenance. Last year, according to Helfman, the city spent $3,400 on chloride.

The city council also took into account how best to move forward with the roads of Sturgeon Lake. Many of them see ATV traffic, which tends to tear up the roads more than regular traffic. William said purple basalt sits well together - if something tears through it, it will come back together because of its good binding agent. Once it's put down and graded, Williams added, it will "hold up better maintenance-wise."

Simply putting down chloride to keep dust down is "not an improvement," he said. "It doesn't move us forward."

Councilor Russell Correira agreed, "We need to advance the roads."

Following discussion, the council passed the motion to forego ordering chloride for the season and see how the purple basalt works in the Logan/Cemetery area. The council sanctioned up to $3,000 to be used for the trial. As part of the motion, Williams will crunch numbers to determine cost to replace the gravel currently treated with chloride with the purple basalt.

Other business

Sturgeon Lake welcomed their new city clerk, Carole Lahti on Monday, May 14. After former city clerk Kathi Bennett resigned, clerk duties were taken up by Correira in the interim. Correira happily ceded clerk duties to Lahti.

Residents of Sturgeon Lake came to the meeting with questions about their water and sewer bills.

Mayor Elizabeth Cisar said "a handful of customers" received the wrong bill because of input error. "There were many accounts needing correcting." She added the issue has now been resolved, but if other customers have questions or concerns about their bill, contact city hall.

A motion was approved by the council to spend up to $7,000 on cleaning up two of three blighted properties. The $7,000 covers the cost of the clean-up company as well as police officers present for security.

A check of $350 was accepted from the Sturgeon Lake Area Lions Club toward replacing and installing benches at Sturgeon Lake City Park. A motion was also passed to pay up to $1,000 to install two benches there. On Saturday, May 26, the Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast at the city hall. Proceeds will go to the city park.


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