Covering 721,396 acres in central Alberta, Ponoka County embodies the essence of rural Alberta with strong agricultural roots, a commitment to fiscal responsibility and an independent spirit. Today, the County serves 8,640 residents, providing strong leadership and guiding the municipality through some difficult challenges. Indeed, the ability of the County to anticipate and adapt to change has contributed to its success in meeting the demands of ratepayers while maintaining one of the most attractive mill rates in Alberta. This, of course, would not be possible without the commitment and dedication of the individuals who serve the community as County Councillors and those who serve in the administration of the County under the direction of Charlie Cutforth, CAO.
Road construction and maintenance are among the top priorities for the County. A significant portion of the annual budget is dedicated to ensuring the transportation system is safe for the traveling public. In total, the County maintains approximately 1,400 miles of road under the direction of Herb Schwingel, Public Works Superintendent. The County employs 9 regular grader operators, 2 upgrading grader operators, and 4 gravel truck operators. Upgrading of roads is done by two crews using a grader and a packer on each crew. The County still constructs many of its own roads using County and contract equipment/operators.