Star­land County pur­chases CN land

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Star­land County has pur­chased a prop­erty of CN land that will al­low the County to one day ex­pand its in­fra­struc­ture shops, and many other pos­si­bil­i­ties.

The County inked a deal in Septem­ber with CN to pur­chase a for­mer spur line that runs north of Mor­rin to north of Mun­son where the rail re­con­nects to the line near High­way 9.

Star­land CAO Ross Rawlusyk says the par­cel in­cludes a num­ber of ti­tles for the prop­erty which is about 98 acres spread over 14 kilo­me­tres in length, and in­cludes ex­ist­ing build­ings, most no­tably a rail stor­age fa­cil­ity right in Mor­rin. The pur­chase price for land and fix­ture came to $324,500. “It in­cludes a num­ber of rev­enue prop­er­ties. As well, as there are a num­ber of cross­ings along the way, so we will get some an­nual rent from them as well as part of rev­enue com­ing back in,” Rawlusyk ex­plains.

One use the County has in mind is for its shop. “Part of

the land is di­rectly ad­ja­cent to our works yard in Mor­rin. That was kind of our key ac­qui­si­tion be­cause it al­lows for a pretty nice ex­pan­sion of our public works land hold­ing. In the longer term we have a plan for a new public works fa­cil­ity,” he said.

Now that the County has the prop­erty, they are con­tem­plat­ing uses.

“We are hop­ing to un­dergo a joint plan­ning process with the Vil­lage of Mor­rin in what the prop­erty could be used for in the fu­ture,” he said. “We are try­ing to do the pre­lim­i­nary en­vi­ron­ment work on all the prop­er­ties right now so we have some of the back­ground in­for­ma­tion if there are any is­sues to deal with. We have com­pleted a Level 1 En­vi­ron­men­tal al­ready so things look pretty good.” He adds there is also in­ter­est in the rail stor­age fa­cil­ity. “We did an eval­u­a­tion on it last week. It’s a 25 by 75 foot build­ing that is in­su­lated, heated and has power,” he said. “We have al­ready had a cou­ple peo­ple en­quire about us­ing it for a busi­ness, so it does have some us­able func­tions go­ing for­ward.”

“We look for­ward to work­ing with the vil­lage to see where we can go in the fu­ture.”

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The spur line that ran near Mor­rin and Mun­son has been re­moved and in Septem­ber Star­land County fi­nal­ized the pur­chase the 14-kilo­me­tre swath of land and struc­tures.

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