By Nikki Jamieson
Sunny South News
The following are selected briefs from the regular March 21 meeting of Coalhurst town council.
Appointment to Recreation and Culture Committee
Council unanimously passed a motion to appoint Lori Harasem as a member-at-large for the Recreation and Culture Committee, with her appointment commencing immediately, and her term ending Oct. 17, 2023.
Cell Tower Report
Rogers Communications has proposed that a cell tower goes up at 5300 1 Street. The property is privately owned, and they entered into a lease agreement with the property owner. CAO Jeff Coffman said that council has no role in it, noting the involvement of the CRTC and different processes, but, as per the town’s land use bylaw, they could choose to formally require that Rogers hold a public open house. The results of the open house would be presented to council, and Coffman said at the end of the process, they would like a letter of support or resolution of concurrence issued by council.
With the exception of staff time, Rogers would bear the costs of the open house.
Council unanimously passed a motion to instruct the CAO to request Rogers hold an open house regarding the cell tower installation at 5300 1 Street in Coalhurst.
Director of Operations Report
Council received the Director of Operations report for information.
One item in the report pertained to the director, Kevin Lewis, having requested information from CP Rail on the cost and required applications and permits to install a pedestrian crossing across the CP Rail right-of-way at the intersection of 2 Street and 55 Avenue, south the ice rink. Coffman, as a point of clarification, said there was no pedestrian crossing at the track on the spur line, and “people, unfortunately, go from the nicely completed sidewalks onto the road in order to cross the track”. They’ve reached out to CP about putting a crossing there, and Lewis is doing the leg work on that.
Other items in the report included:
• Public health inspections of pool facilities will be available to the public on the AHS website starting March 2023.
• Work is being done on preparations for the shop addition, with earthworks extrication planned for early spring.
• The construction of the control building for the wetland stormwater management facility should go over the week of March 20. Concrete pilings for the bridge have been installed and more construction will be commencing as the weather improves.
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