Forage crop course offered
The Agassiz Recreation Commission is sponsoring three short courses on forage crops.
The first class was held on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the Municipal Hall from 8 to 9:30 with Clare Nelson, assistant field crops commissioner from the B.C. Department of Agriculture and Dr. Mills Clarke from the Agassiz Experimental Farm conducting the discussion.
The second meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8, and the subject will be crops for silage: corn, sorghum, etc. new developments and varieties. Bill Davis will be in charge.
On Feb 15 the third session will deal with weed control recommendations in forage crops, fertilizer recommendations and practices, land preparation and seedling pastures etc. Eric Hughes, assistant field crop commissioner, B.C. Department of Agriculture, will take this topic.
Sewer contract signed, construction underway
Contract for the Agassiz sewer system was signed on Monday by Reeve Wes Johnson. Total amount involved is $162,924, including $31,157 for storm sewers and connection laterals to property lines. These two items were not covered by the $158,000 bylaw passed by the ratepayers in August.
There is a $10,000 contingency allowance in the contract. Railway Avenue is not included. Deadline for completion is Aug. 1.
Council met Monday afternoon and approved signing of the contract. It leaves the municipality responsible for dewatering excavations if the amount of water is greater than a three inch pump will handle.
Cost of easements for the pipe to the river was discussed at considerable length, as the Reeve said he had been unable to reach agreement with the landowners concerned. Later, however he and Councillor Norman Morrow obtained agreement on the basis of $500 an acre for a 30 foot easement.
Work will begin on the pipe leading to the outfall at the river and next at the two pumping stations, where it is expected that there will be trouble working below the water table.
As much of the job as possible is to be under the winter works program, with half the labour cost paid by the federal government. Council will seek an extension of the winter work period because construction was delayed by the snow.
Presence of snow drifts is still delaying the start on excavation, but clearing of the right of way has started.
–From the Agassiz-Harrison Rosedale Advance, compiled by Heather Doerksen