Municipality to pursue gravel plan

Summerland will extract and sell some of the community’s gravel.

Summerland will extract and sell some of the community’s gravel as the municipality will issue a request for proposal for a gravel operation.

A report on Summerland’s gravel resources was prepared for the municipality by Interior Testing Services Ltd.

Don Darling, director of engineering and public works, said the municipality has an estimated 50 million cubic metres of raw gravel.

“There are very substantial gravel resources at the landfill,” he said.

The request for proposal was approved on Monday evening by municipal council.

“I’m really glad to see this is going ahead,” said Coun. Bruce Hallquist.

In the past, Hallquist has called for the municipality to find new ways of generating revenue instead of relying solely on property tax increases.

Coun. Peter Waterman said the gravel extraction service is needed.

“There’s a real shortage of gravel generally,” he said.

The request for proposal was sent to proponents on Tuesday. The closing date is May 14 and the selection of the preferred proponent will take place May 28.

 

Work will begin in September.