Temporary speed bumps for Shacker Crescent alley

Town of Hanna
Written by Daniel Gonzalez

A motion was moved by Coun. Murphee to install seasonal speed bumps in Shacker Crescent Alley following a report from the July 27 information meeting, at the Aug. 9 regular council meeting.

A report from a device installed by Special Areas yielded new information for council.

A total of 3,958 vehicles travelled from the southern part of the alley from its installation on July 18 to August 2.

The highest recorded speed was 82 km/h, with an average speed of 32 km/h. An average of 75.8 per cent of vehicles heading eastbound were recorded speeding, with 56.3 per cent of westbound travellers speeding.

One concern of Coun. Fred Crowle was the number of vehicles that passed the alley in that time frame. Coun. Olsen believes that the amount of traffic is evident there is a problem.

“Most back alleys, people don’t even go down. So this is their way around that area of town,” says Coun. Sandra Murphee. “And it’s a concern because at 82 km. an hour, that five-year-old walking to school would not survive.”

Coun. Murphee also added that travelling upwards of 30 km/hr in gravel is still relatively fast as vehicles would not be able to stop as fast due to the gravel.

The discussion first started at the June 29 regular meeting when correspondence by Ashlee Maetche brought the concern to council after noticing the number of students who frequently travel in that area to the school.

Additional discussion took place at the July 12 meeting with a motion to install temporary speed bumps made by Coun. Kyle Olsen was defeated.

Seniors Amenity Zone revised project

Council awarded the Senior Amenity Zone Project to Urban Life Solutions Ltd. for $419,353.77.

Funding of $369,435 comes from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund with the Town of Hanna paying $123,145 from surplus and reserves.

As the original project would be significantly over budget, administration worked with representatives from 818 Studios Ltd. and Urban Life Solutions to revise the project.

Although there is $492,580 available for the project, it will now cost $419,537.77 after the revisions.

The Hector King Hunter Park pathway will have the existing concrete removed and replaced with a 2-metre wide pathway made with a compacted granular base and asphalt.

Additionally, landscape boulders to identify the transition of the stream crossing will be provided.

Two multi-flow drains will be installed under the pathway as an alternative to a wooden bridge and five bike racks will be provided for the town to install.

The town will also be responsible for any rehabilitation of sod areas and any electrical or irrigation repairs from the work being completed.

The Palliser Trail Pathway will include the construction of a 2.5 metre-wide pathway composed of a granular base and asphalt. It will also include four courtyard series benches and 10 bollards that will be installed at crossings.

Additionally, ten 50 millimetre elm trees will be provided for the town to install and construction for future lighting will be made on the pathway.

Plans for the 5th Avenue sidewalk replacement are not considered in the revision.

After expenditures for the revised project, $39,006.39 will be left for contingency.

Chief Administrative Officer Kim Neill outlined that the funds can be used for the rehabilitation of the Hector Hunter-King construction project.

As the funding deadline is March 31, 2023, CAO Neill hopes to have the funds spent by the end of the construction season in October or November.

There has been no confirmation on the start date if construction were to begin.
Council moved to approve the revised project.

Land Use amendment
A public hearing for Bylaw 1025-2022 took place with a presentation by Tracey Woitenko of Palliser Regional Municipal Services.
The purpose is to redistrict 314 2nd Ave lots 7 and 8, block 13 and plan 6133AW from Commercial Transition District to General Residential District to use the existing building as a dwelling unit.
The proposed amendment was first read on July 12 and advertised for two consecutive weeks per the Municipal Government Act.
No written comments were received regarding the proposal.
After reviewing the information, Woitenko concluded that the amendment is consistent with the goals of the town and will provide rental housing in a location that uses an existing building and infrastructure.
Since the applicant and land owner, Gerald Delisle, did not attend the meeting, the hearing was closed after Woitenko’s presentation.
A second and third reading took place and the amendments were passed.

About the author

Daniel Gonzalez

Daniel Gonzalez is a multimedia reporter from Calgary, Alberta. He has experience reporting news from the streets of Calgary and even serving on the Institute of Investigative Journalism. He also has experience working in the nonprofit sector with the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.

Daniel has graduated from Mount Royal University with a degree in Journalism in 2021. He hopes to learn more about Alberta and continues to hone his skills in the media industry.