Star­land wel­comes bridge fund­ing

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Star­land County is pleased with the gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment that it has re­in­stated the bridge pro­gram.

Star­land CAO Ross Rawlusyk, along with mem­bers of Star­land County at­tended the Al­berta As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­tricts and Coun­ties Fall con­ven­tion. One an­nounce­ment was the re­fund­ing of the Strate­gic Trans­porta­tion In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gram (STIP).

The Hon­ourable Brian Ma­son Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion and Min­is­ter of In­fra­struc­ture an­nounced they have re­funded the bridge pro­grams in the amount of $21 mil­lion.

“Star­land County has al­ready met with the Department, and pro­vided them with a two year project list­ing. We are cur­rently work­ing on the en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­provals, and we will be sub­mit­ting a project ap­pli­ca­tion in De­cem­ber,” said Rawlusyk.

Star­land County has 112 bridges within it bound­aries. There was also $7 mil­lion for re­source roads and $2 mil­lion for airports an­nounced at the same time, along with $5 mil­lion for lo­cal projects such as tak­ing over a pri­mary high­way, or other spe­cial projects. One of the hot top­ics at the con­ven­tion was the fu­ture of coal com­mu­ni­ties in the province. One res­o­lu­tion was a

re­quest to con­tinue the op­er­a­tion of coal-fired gen­er­a­tion plants. Rawlusyk said this was strongly sup­ported.

“It called for the con­tin­ued op­er­a­tion of coal fired power gen­er­a­tion plants while en­cour­ag­ing the coal in­dus­try and the elec­tric­ity pro­duc­ers to ex­plore al­ter­nate meth­ods of uti­liz­ing coal for power gen­er­a­tion and al­ter­nate uses for coal,” he said,

A sep­a­rate ses­sion was held on the im­pact of re­plac­ing coal in Al­berta as well.

Ru­ral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties also passed a res­o­lu­tion to call on the Gov­ern­ment of Canada to sup­port the North­ern Gate­way Project and mar­ket ac­cess.

The As­so­ci­a­tion passed a res­o­lu­tion to try and get nat­u­ral gas and propane used for agri­cul­tural operations to be ex­empted from the car­bon levy as it is on fuel.

Del­e­gates were also con­cerned about the fu­ture of Al­berta Su­perNet, and passed a res­o­lu­tion to en­cour­age the Province to es­tab­lish a mul­ti­stake­holder ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee to par­tic­i­pate in a re­view of the ex­ist­ing agree­ment, which ex­pires on June 30, 2018.

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