Town receives funding thru the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI)
Vegreville Alberta August 22, 2018– On July 23, 2018 Council received a letter from Honorable Shaye Anderson, Minister of Municipal Affairs stating the Town of Vegreville’s projects submitted under the MSI capital program were accepted.
The projects are as follows:
Industrial Snow Blower
50th Street Water and Wastewater Line Replacement
49 Avenue Alley Upgrades.
Councilor Brodziak quoted that “The Town of Vegreville thanks the Government of Alberta for the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funds received to complete the 2018 approved capital and infrastructure projects. Municipalities have relied on predictable MSI funding from the Provincial Government to Fund capital and infrastructure projects since 2007. Municipalities across Alberta rely on this annual funding from the Province. We are working with the Province for the continuation for this sustainable funding.”
Town of Vegreville partners with Norquest College
The Town of Vegreville has partnered with Norquest College, Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health to bring a Health Care Aide program to Vegreville.
Economic Development Manager Christopher Robblee stated that “This started when we were notified of all the vacancies in the health care aid profession. All the partners, administration and council could see the need and huge opportunity here for Vegreville and region. I think this is the first step in a partnership with a great educational institution and I can see more courses evolve from this. The Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Board and the Town of Vegreville are trying to identify and meet these needs, I believe this partnership is a direct result of that vision.”
This is a great opportunity for the community, it will bring assured employment after completion and a great first step for a career in healthcare.
In order for the program to go ahead in Vegreville the minimum target of 16 students has been set. Potential student can currently apply though https://www.applyalberta.ca/. In the coming weeks there will be links on the Norquest College site.
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.