Current alderman speaks about new candidate signs
Writing a letter to the editor is not something that I would normally do but based on certain signage that has appeared across the city, I felt compelled to respond.
With regards to the Main Street Fire Hall closing, while it is true that the recommendations are to relocate to a location in the northwest, this will not occur until the new firehall is operational.
The main reasoning behind the firehall relocation is due to response times and the fact that the Main Street Fire Hall is past its life cycle.
The cost to bring it up to the standards required would be equivalent to building a new station.
The firehall recommended is a residential house concept at an estimated cost of $815,000 plus land.
In comparison, the Kings Heights station built in 2011 was $3.5 million including land.
The report was completed by Behr Energy in direct consultation with our administration and the fire chief.
A plan for a possible fourth station in the northeast is in the works and it would establish two response zones, one on each side of the highway.
The one in the northwest would address residential growth while still meeting response time requirements for the downtown core.
To suggest that the current council and administration would relocate the current firehall without a viable alternative operational is not only untrue but demeaning to our fire professionals.
There are also other signs which mention left-hand turn signals. The one on Eighth street and First Ave. is already in the works. There are advance greens in both directions to be implemented this fall. The one by Boston Pizza on Yankee Valley Blvd. refers to the intersection that is provincial responsibility and the City battled to get the existing lights and continues to work with the Province on other alternatives.
Itís situations like this where our sitting MLA would be of great assistance. As for the other locations, where left-turn lanes are referenced, they are all monitored with traffic studies on a rotational basis. Once they reach a certain traffic level, pedestrian movement, and growth in the area, they are added to the budgetary process for implementation. Each new traffic light installation amounts to a cost of up to $300,000 depending on the complexity, and signal changes on existing traffic lights range from $15,000 to $25,000.
I have discussed this with my current council colleagues and they are in agreement with the facts that are presented.
Written by Alderman Fred Burley with the approval of the current Airdrie City Council