Interior Roads has undergone a “huge” management change and is moving in a positive direction, said Chad Mernett, operations manager for Area 17.
Speaking to city council at its regular meeting, Mernett, who was also recently elected as Area K director for the Cariboo Regional District, said the structure of the company has changed from top to bottom.
“That includes myself being made operations manager in July.”
Mernett described it as an “extremely exciting time for the company,” going forward.
“It’s a lot more positive, we are looking to build relationships with the City, a lot more than we ever have. I don’t think we have had a very good relationship in the past.”
Interior Roads crews were out near Likely & Horsefly working on Beaver Valley Road last week. Under the guidance of the MoTi and a Geo-Tech, crews used excavators to repair the road which had started slipping down towards the lake. pic.twitter.com/8gbOksYyzA
— Interior Roads (@InteriorRoads) November 16, 2018
As far as winter readiness goes, he said the company is probably more ready than it has previously.
“We are almost completely fully-staffed in all our yards. All our equipment is about 95 per cent ready at this time. We have new trucks coming too.”
He told council the company would like to meet with the city about some of the roads they share.
“There are a lot of roads we drive through in order to get to our section of the road sometimes so it would be nice to make some agreements on that.”
Mayor Walt Cobb said there were a number of roads the city had agreements on with Interior Roads previously.
“We just have to have time to meet so we can discuss those. It really doesn’t make sense for you to drive down a road and then have to plow one past us.”
Mernett agreed and said it makes more sense to plow their way through a road to get to another, rather than lifting their blades.
Coun. Ivan Bonnell asked about the size of gravel and sand that will be used this winter.
“If it gets too big and you get a lot of cracked windshields are you guys going to pay?” he asked.
Responding, Mernett said the size of sand has gone down considerably.
“I think ICBC has recognized the need. There have been thousands of complaints, just in the city alone.”
Mernett told the Tribune Interior Roads has also ordered a brine maker which will arrive at the end of November.
The machine combines salt and water to create a brine.
“It’s not new technology. We’ve had one in 100 Mile House for a while so we are adding one for the shoulder season to put on the roads when it is frosty,” he explained.
“You can also put it down when you know there is a snow storm coming and it stops the snow from sticking to the road.”
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“We have a team that’s giving regular road updates and information on things that are happening within the company and any changes that are happening.”
Mernett has worked in the industry since 1995 when he began with Cariboo Roads.
He added Interior Roads is hoping to build relationships throughout the whole industry and is developing a corporate social responsibility committee to help give back to the community.
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— Interior Roads (@InteriorRoads) November 21, 2018