Bashaw approves request to occupy undeveloped roadway

The Town of Bashaw council approved a property owner’s request to occupy an undeveloped roadway. The decision was made at the May 20 regular meeting of council. ECA Review/Submitted
Written by Stu Salkeld

The Town of Bashaw council approved a property owner’s request to occupy an undeveloped roadway. 

The decision was made at the May 20 regular meeting of council.

Town Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Theresa Fuller provided councillors with a letter of request from property owners John and Larissa Bolduc who asked to occupy a roadway that was marked in subdivision application TB/07/01, approved in 2007. 

Fuller stated in her memo to council the site in question is referred to as block B, plan 792 1804.

“The Bolducs have purchased both properties, they intend to dissolve the subdivision application, however, the process may take some time to complete,” stated Fuller’s memo.

“The approval of a temporary license of occupation would enable the residents to fence, clean up and maintain the property while proceeding with the process to dissolve the subdivision application.”

In a letter the Bolducs stated they own both properties and soon there won’t be any reason to have a public access there. 

“This is important, not only to deter other members of the community from dumping their waste in that location but also allow us, the owners of 5000 54th Ave., to introduce sheep to clean up and maintain the grassy and natural wetland areas that are currently in terrible condition due to many years of neglect and misuse,” stated the Bolduc’s letter.

“Since we have recently acquired both properties, there would no longer be any reason for us to request and develop a road to the barn subdivision as we are now able to access both the house and barn through our main private driveway via 54th Ave.”

During discussion, it was noted councillors toured the site in question with the applicants. 

Coun. Rosella Peterman stated the right-of-way appears to go right through a slough.

Fuller stated it’s not a right-of-way but actually a roadway.

A draft land occupation agreement was provided and Fuller stated it was five years in length.

Councillors unanimously approved the town’s land occupation agreement with the Bolducs for five years.

Town accepts offer

The Town of Bashaw accepted an offer to purchase municipal land directly across the alley from the Bashaw Seed Cleaning Association, an operation located on 48th Street.

Fuller reported to councillors that Bashaw Seed Cleaning offered $27,500 for the property that’s located not far from Hwy. #53. 

Councillors unanimously accepted the offer.

Motion correction

The CAO requested councillors correct a motion made at the April 29 regular meeting of council, which was the approval of $12,000 from the restricted capital, roads, streets and equipment reserve to purchase grader tires.

Fuller stated upon further review it was noted that the motion should have stated the funds come from an operating reserve rather than the capital reserve. 

She recommended councillors rescind the previous resolution and approve a new one that included moving the required funds to the proper account.

Councillors unanimously followed the recommendation.

 

Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.