Camrose considers a rural transportation pilot project and wants to partner with Bashaw

City of Camrose is working on creating a Rural Transportation Pilot Project. CAO Fuller, in her report to council, said the city is still in formative phase of the project and not much detail is available yet.
The province is expected to announce details of a two-year Rural Transportation Pilot Program to address rural transportation needs.
Municipalities within 50 kilometres of Camrose, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Grand Prairie and Athabasca will be eligible for funding.
According to Camrose City Manager Malcolm Boyd, the Camrose Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) is considering the program to help address two key local issues including how to transport residents from outlying communities into Camrose for essential services such as medical appointments and retail and how to transport residents between Camrose and Edmonton.
Bashaw Town Coun. Lynn Schultz had concerns about the new service taking away any potential grant funding from Bashaw’s bus society.
Mayor Penny Shantz said she hopes the two services work together.
Council unanimously voted in favour of writing a letter of support to the City of Camrose for their pilot project.

Renaming streets
It’s the people that make Bashaw the community it is and the town should recognize them by renaming some streets in their honour, according to local resident Ty Wilson.
Wilson told council, during their regular meeting March 8, that he would like to see several streets renamed after residents who contributed to Bashaw.
“I think it’s because of the people that we have the community we have.
Coun. Darren Pearson said “I don’t mind the idea.”
Likewise, Coun. Lynn Schultz said he “doesn’t have a problem with that,” and asked if it’s a big deal to rename a street.
Mayor Penny Shantz said “it’s a wonderful idea.”
Coun. Rosella Peterman suggested the town compile a list of street names, including those named after residents.
Bashaw Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Theresa Fuller said she would compile the information for council to consider.

Avenue realignment
The town is taking a proactive approach holding public consultations to present residents with all the options for water and sanitary alignment of the west portion of 54 Ave.
The town could: 1) use the existing alignment; 2) Move the water line to the south west and pull services through; or 3) Move sanitary and water into the utility right of way easement.
“I think that an information session is very important,” said Mayor Penny Shantz.

Lisa Joy
ECA Review

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