ASGA president Dale Soetaert welcomed delegates to the two-day event, themed “Unearthing Solutions,” and offered attendees ASGA business and committee meetings updates.
Soetaert offered an update on the ASGA Truck Registry Program, which experienced a decline in the number of registered trucks this past year. He stressed the importance of the program to attendees in terms of revenue generation, consistency and enforcement. The program was started in 2004.
“It’s a self-check that we can do as an industry to show municipalities that we care,” Soetaert told the crowd, adding that the No. 1 complaint the industry receives from the general public is related to gravel trucks, and that if industry doesn’t manage the issue of truck complaints, it could end up being managed by another party.
A Truck Registry Sub-Committee has been created to deal with issues related to the program with Travis Coates leading the sub-committee as chair.
ASGA met with Calgary council members in June last year and Edmonton city councillors this past December to discuss the possibility of making the truck registry mandatory in both cities.
Two crucial improvements to the truck registry program that ASGA’s executive director John Ashton said that the association will try and tackle in 2018 will be: the ability for producers to see the records of individual trucks; and the ability of independent trucks to be able to self-register.
First ASGA Award of Excellence presented
ASGA board member Brock Helm presented the first ASGA Award of Excellence to the Lafarge Calahoo pit, in operation in the Edmonton area since 2013. Lafarge geologist Bill Gowdy and chair of NAIT’s Geological Technology Program Larry Boisvert accepted the award.
Lafarge’s Calahoo operation was selected by ASGA board members for the company’s educational outreach program, which included hosting several educational tours for municipal staff and Alberta Environment staff; as well as tours and presentations for teachers and students at Sturgeon Composite High School and NAIT.
The ASGA Award of Excellence program is designed to draw attention to outstanding examples of stewardship, community relations and operations from aggregate producers within the Province of Alberta.
Nominations for this year’s program can be submitted starting this summer. To learn more about the program, visit the ASGA website for more information.