Whitecourt Town Council briefs
May 22 meeting
Whitecourt Public Transit recently launched the new TransLoc Rider App. The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android devices for free, provides real-time tracking data that will enhance transit service to riders. The app allows riders to:
• Track their bus live.
• Plan a route.
• Find bus schedule information.
• Receive special messages and service notifications specific to transit riders.
• Provide feedback on Public Transit service.
• Participate in Public Transit surveys.
Details on the app can be found on www.whitecourt.ca by searching Transit.
Council has awarded the 2018 Street Improvement Program to Knelsen Rock Products Ltd. The Program includes rehabilitation of roadways and the paved trail network, utility cut restoration work, and the Driveway Replacement Program. Information on the construction schedule and locations will be posted online at www.whitecourt.ca and on Whitecourt’s Facebook page as details are confirmed.
Recent ice jams along the Athabasca River have caused damage to tree revetments that were placed along the river bank downstream of the golf course. The revetments, which consisted of logs with roots anchored to the bank, were required to be constructed by the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans when the river erosion control spurs were constructed.
Whitecourt will be working with the Disaster Relief Program to replace the damaged revetments. The Town of Whitecourt has provided written support to Living Waters Catholic Schools Division No. 42 on its plan to build a new elementary school in Whitecourt. The project, which is the Division’s number one priority, is currently identified on the Alberta government’s Unfunded Capital Plan.
The Town of Whitecourt has joined municipalities from across the province in support of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project. The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, which represents urban cities, towns, villages and specialized municipalities across the province, has submitted a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau copying the Premiers of B.C. and Alberta, and the federal minister of Natural Resources Canada. The letter voices support of the pipeline project, and urges government effort to bring the project to fruition.
A number of events will be held in the coming weeks that have been approved for street closures:
• West Coast Amusements Carnival - Tuesday, June 5: A portion of 52 Avenue from 49 Street to 50 Street will be closed all day.
• Run 4 Fun – Saturday, June 9: A portion of Sunset Boulevard will be closed from 7:45 to 11:45 a.m.
• Freedom of the City Parade – Saturday, June 9: A parade will close portions of 49 Street, 52 Avenue and 51 Street in the downtown area from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Further information will be posted on social media closer to the event dates to remind motorists of the closures. All closures will impact Whitecourt Public Transit service, and information will be provided to riders regarding re-routing on those days. DD Contracting and Construction Ltd. has completed the concrete crushing contract for 2018. Over 13,100 tonnes of waste concrete and asphalt are now ready to be reused in 2018 Street Improvement Projects including pathway extension, paving base preparation, and future street, trail, and parking lot upgrades.
Dynamic Group has been awarded the contract to provide concession services at Rotary Park for the next two years. Concession services will be operated out of the new building located adjacent to the playground in Rotary Park, and will open for service on June 15.
Whitecourt Town Council encourages the citizens of Whitecourt to recognize June 3 to 9, 2018 as Seniors’Week. Seniors’Week honours and celebrates seniors for their many contributions to our community and province. Celebrate Seniors’ Week with the Town of Whitecourt and join the many activities scheduled throughout the community. Details on events and activities can be found on www.whitecourt.ca.