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Gravel work moving along in RM of Portage 0

By Angela Brown, Portage Daily Graphic

Deputy Reece Garth Asham seen at the Rural Municipalty of Portage la Prairie council recently.  He is pleased to see more gravel work proceeding to improve some of the RM roads.

Deputy Reece Garth Asham seen at the Rural Municipalty of Portage la Prairie council recently. He is pleased to see more gravel work proceeding to improve some of the RM roads.

Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie is moving along with gravel work on many of the roads in the municipality.

Deputy Reeve Garth Asham said crews were hauling limestone on some of the roads “to firm them up.”

“We find that limestone works pretty good after there is traffic on it for a while,” said Asham following council. “We may get a little moisture, hopefully, here and that really helps the road to get in better condition.”

Humiski Trucking received the tender to do the work for the RM.

Asham said the work will focus on various roads in the municipality that are considered troubled spots with softer conditions that need work.

New funding

The Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie has finally received some back -payments due for significant costs it incurred as a result of the 2011 flooding in the municipality.

When it reviewed its financial statements at its last meeting, council reported the Disaster Financial Assistance funding came in.

“That was a nice cheque (for) $1 million-plus,” said deputy reeve Garth Asham. “It’s really going to help out in our going forward year operations. It was nice. We realize the government is standing behind their commitment to provide this funding, and we appreciate it.”

He said the funding comes from both the federal and the provincial governments. There remains some more funding to come in from the RM’s flood recovery efforts.

“There are still some outstanding balances for outstanding debts we have,” Asham said.

He said the May financial statements released show the RM is “right on track.”

“We are definitely on the track we need to be, and everything is good that way,” Asham said.

He said having a big chunk of the debt repaid now will make a big difference to the RM.

“$1 million-plus is going to make a difference to anybody that deals with the large budget that we have,” said Asham.

cphl.news@sunmedia.ca

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