Hanna Council: new development updates

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CAO for the Town of Hanna, Kim Neill, met with representatives from McEihanney Consulting on May 28 to discuss the Longeway Subdivision project.
During this meeting Neill gave the consultants and their sub-consultants permission to access the location for the purposes of geotechnical testing and survey work.
The rainy weather has delayed the geotechnical crew from completing their jobs.
The Town of Hanna will provide the consultants with contacts for other site utilities (power, gas, phone, cable). The tender for this work could be out by mid to late July. Council hopes to award the tender for this work at the August 13 council meeting.
Neill, Councillor Girard and the Director of Protective Services also met with representatives from the Shunda Development to discuss the site challenges of their proposal on the former Hanna Lodge property.
Council is awaiting a revision to their site plan to address the onsite parking concerns.
Council anticipates there will still need to be a significant relaxation required on the parking situation.
Once the revision is received, Council will seek comments from residents in the area. Neill said Council might need to hold a municipal planning commission meeting in late June.
MPE Engineering is working on the engineering design for the Centennial Place parking lot in preparation for tender.
Council asked MPE Engineering to include a portion of First Avenue East between Second Street East and Pioneer Trail as both are showing severe signs of deterioration.
Council anticipates this tender will be ready mid to late July and would like a recommendation on a tender award brought to the July 16 council meeting for approval.
The remaining grant funds for the parking lot will be deferred to 2014 following completion of the infrastructure management study.
Wind farm in Handhills
BluEarth Renewables is looking to establish a wind farm in the Handhills area.
Mayor Nikota and Neill attended BlueEarth’s June 12 meeting in Delia to learn more about the company and project.
Representatives from Special Areas, Starland County and the Village of Delia also attended.
Fitness association/new Town Office
The Hanna Fitness Association plans to terminate their lease agreement with the Town and would like the Town to operate the centre.
Council told the association that it requires an official letter of termination and that it is imperative that all members are made aware of the decision before moving forward.
The Endeavour Accounting Building will soon become the new town office. Costs of renovating the new Town Office will be budgeted into the 2015 budget.

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