Bashaw renews current lease with CN Rail

Written by Stu Salkeld

The Town of Bashaw renewed its current lease with CN Rail after some insurance concerns were addressed. 

The decision was made at the July 16 regular meeting of council which was held at the community centre to abide by social distancing guidelines.

A memo was presented to councillors by Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Theresa Fuller noting the town has a lease with CN Rail for a piece of land along the railway tracks.

It was stated the piece of land is treated much like a park by the town, and is used in winter as a dump site for snow plowed in various areas of Bashaw.

Fuller stated a new lease sent to the town by CN Rail included a new insurance requirement which, when presented to the town’s insurance company, may have required an increase in insurance payments by the town between $8,000 to $10,000. 

Fuller stated she contacted CN Rail to see if anything could be done to avoid this. CN Rail responded by offering a renewal of the current lease without added insurance requirements.

Councillors decided to renew the current lease as presented.

Budget at a glance

Fuller presented a budget variance report to councillors, including the sale of #7 Sproule property. 

She reported the old trailer was removed and some grass-cutting costs were incurred.

A clean-up was required at a residence that had a fire and Fuller stated that once it was completed, it cost about $2,700.

A risk analysis by an inspector revealed some missing and deficient ceiling tiles at the Happy Gang Centre should be replaced, and the replacement ended up costing about $5,000.

Recycling issue

Coun. Darren Pearson brought forward a resident’s concern about recyclable collection in Bashaw. 

The resident was concerned that it appeared the recyclables were being collected as garbage and just being tossed into one truck. 

Pearson stated the resident was doing a lot of work to recycle and wanted to know if it was just a waste of time.

He also stated that if this is the case, the public should be told about this.

Mayor Penny Shantz stated she though recycling was actually just being sent to the landfill during the pandemic, and once things returned to normal recycling would also return to normal.

Fuller agreed with Shantz but stated she would look into it and return to council with a report at a future meeting.


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.