OBERON Council has decided to go ahead with a road widening project north of Oberon despite it costing more than was originally anticipated.
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A notice of motion was put before council's July meeting that council provide funds to widen 200 metres of the Faugha Ballaugha Road at a possible cost of $5000. The motion was subsequently deferred to obtain more information regarding the cost.
Council agreed the work would not proceed if it was set to cost more than $5000.
Following the July meeting, council's director of technical services Chris Schumacher reviewed the scope of the work and determined it would be over a two to three day period.
With equipment, traffic control, float, waste facility fees, road base, gravel and tree lopping equipment, he said the cost would be $14,108.20.
In Mr Schumacher's report, it said this project would provide a heavy machinery training exercise for the benefit of staff.
"The additional estimated cost to provide this training could be expected to be $980," his report said.
The road widening was approved at council's August meeting, to be funded by Section 94 contributions.
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