CN Crossing Concerns
The Town of Vegreville has recently reviewed the public’s concerns in regards to the train whistle blowing at crossings within Town limits. During consultation with CN in regards to this matter, the Town has confirmed the following:
CN has stated that engine whistling requirements are controlled through the Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR). A municipality may work with rail companies to install alternate safety measures at at-grade crossings which meet Transport Canada guidelines to eliminate the need for train whistling. These alternative measures are designed uniquely for each intersection depending on the specific requirements deemed necessary to replace the safety function of the train whistle.
This process of whistle cessation generally takes 3-5 years to implement.
The cost of the safety upgrades to the at-grade crossings are the responsibility of the municipality. The average cost of a suitable crossing for whistle cessation is $400,000, and the Town has 4 crossings which it is responsible for.
At this time, Town Council is not prepared to spend over One Million Dollars for this endeavor.
Black Knot Update
Thank you all the residents for addressing the Black Knot in our community.
We have been advised to halt the pruning at this time. The fungus is currently in a very active state and the pruning process will not be effective.
Town of Vegreville Municipal Enforcement will be revisiting the status of properties in the fall when the fungus is dormant.
Regional Recreation and Culture Master Plan Survey
Please take a moment to complete the Regional Recreation and Culture Master Plan Survey
To include your responses in the analysis it needs to be received by June 30.
Vegreville joins the growing list of support for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project
. At AUMA’s 2017 convention, nearly 1100 councillors and mayors representing urban municipalities of all sizes across Alberta overwhelmingly voted in favour of a resolution supporting the Trans Mountain
Pipeline expansion and urging our federal government and the government of Alberta to ensure that the pipeline is built.