The community of Coronation is getting serious when it comes to creating a town that attracts and retains newcomers.
Blaine Brigley of League Projects visited council at their regular meeting Mon. Feb. 8 virtually for a presentation on plans to help the town clean up any unsightly properties, forming a collaboration between the two parties.
He previously sent a letter to council noting the need to investigate the beautification of municipal-owned properties, and more specifically the land owned with abandoned buildings upon them.
Brigley offered help to clean up these properties in an effort to increase the beautification of the community.
“I’ve been slowly watching our town gradually decline its expectations and attention to our residences and businesses within it.
“We need to get back to the mentality that residents and business owners care about the appearance of their properties, and also what visitors think about our town in regards to this,” began Brigley’s letter.
“We want to be a place that has the potential to attract more people to buy, or perhaps even build a house or business here with the hopes of trying to sustain our population so that our amenities like our school, hospital and sports facilities remain open for us to use.
“Currently, I think there’s some room for improvement in this area and believe we need to start somewhere.”
By quickly going through the lots/buildings for sale on the website, he noted there could be between eight and ten old buildings/condemned homes that could be knocked down, cleared out and levelled for future development.
“I’m sure all the businesses here, that have the means, would help out in different ways in order to cut costs of doing so as I know budgets are tight but I doubt there’s ever going to be a good time. There’s also many unsightly properties, which, even though are not easy to deal with, we have to find a way to clean up so that there’s pride in people’s property appearance….it’s a contagious thing on both ends of the spectrum.
“By all means, this is not meant to complain or paint a negative picture towards our council or staff, but more to try to recognize, initiate, and offer our help.”
Council agreed with Brigley, understanding the need to have this started.
Administration suggested as a starting point they begin looking into the cost to have local businesses remove the old, abandoned builds on town owned lots as well as having council begin working on building a new community bylaw that addresses these issues more specifically.
The town can begin budgeting for the removal of the abandoned buildings in a reserve account.
Brigley specified he did not wish to obtain work from the town as his company is busy but offered free trackho services as a donation to the town.
“It definitely would be a win-win for us,” said Mayor Ron Checkel.
Council asked about buildings with asbestos and if the pair have any formal training to contain and dispose of the substance responsibly.
Brigley does have the means and know-how to do it but administration suggested they focus on homes without asbestos to be tackled first.
Brigley also added they would like it if the town were able to provide trucks to haul debris away to the landfill where they could get a better deal on disposal prices.
Council agreed to support this endeavour, beginning the process by collecting information of homes they could demolish that are in the town’s possession.