Lacombe city council want to finally put an end to trains blasting their loud whistles while rolling through town.
At their meeting this week, council directed CIty staff to incorporate "train whistle cessation" as a goal in the City's updated Strategic Plan.
Mayor Grant Creasey says the Strategic Plan is an important document that will help solidify the goals and direction for Administration and the City’s new council over the next four years.
“We had an opportunity to again have some public consultation over the weekend at our annual Trade Fair and we were reminded by several people that this is in fact still a priority for some,” says Creasey. “So we wanted to direct Administration to at least gather all the information so we can make a more informed decision if in fact we want to proceed with it.”
He says noise levels generated by train whistles is what has some residents concerned and looking to have them silenced in Lacombe.
“It is a concern certainly for some of our residents, and it has been for an awful long time,” admits Creasey. “I think it will be a good thing for our new council to get all the information so we can make a better decision on what route we want to take. Keep in mind that just because an item like this makes it to the Strategic Plan does not necessarily mean that it will be followed through with, but it certainly indicates that it is a concern in our community and we want to try and address it the best we can.”
Creasey says the most important thing to make note of right now, however, is that council is listening to the public’s concerns.
Other items to be added to the Strategic Plan include increasing the priority of streets and crosswalk infrastructure, re-prioritizing development of a healthy retail sector to low, address drainage issues and prioritize the City’s Bylaw service level review.
The amended plan will be considered for adoption at the next city council meeting on May 28.
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