The following are selected briefs of the April 11 meeting of Taber town council.
Municipal District of Taber Council Appointments
Following discussion, council voted unanimously to recognize the Municipal District of Taber’s appointments to the Joint Economic Development and Intermunicipal Development committees, and on the basis of the recommendation of the Municipal District of Taber Council, appoints MD representatives to town boards:
1) Recreation Board: Brian Hildebrand, Chantel Claassen alternate
2) Arts and Heritage Committee: Tamara Miyanaga, Merrill Harris alternate
3) Taber Municipal Library Board: Tamara Miyanaga
Proposed 43 Street Project
At the March 3 meeting, council passed a motion directing administration to investigate the viability and cost of potentially extending the south end of 43 Street to 50 Avenue.
Inception planning work has been undertaken by the Planning Department which has generated a Project Statement to capture the fundamentals of the work associated with creating an intersection at 43 Street and 50 Avenue.
The key parameters of the project:
1. Opinion of probable total project cost is $600,000
2. A public engagement process will be required to solicit feedback, provide information, understand impacts, and optimize the final design
3. Preliminary total project schedule of 18 months.
Proposed Road 43 Street to 56 Avenue
At the Dec. 19, 2022 meeting, council passed a motion directing administration to investigate the possibility of creating “some type of road” from 43 Street to 56 Avenue.
Administration has reviewed the possibility of creating a gravel road to create the connection between the end of pavement at the north end of 43 Street and the pavement extension south from 56 Avenue. Due to the cost to complete the work and maintain the road Public Works advised against this option.
Administration entered discussions with the subdivision developer to undertake the connection. The developer is currently selling lots in Phase 6 of the subdivision. The subdivision agreement confirms the extension of 43 Street will take place during Phase 7 of the subdivision.
Administration is exploring options with the developer to advance the design and construction of the road and deep underground services, and will return to council with a recommendation including costs and other implications to advance the road construction.
Non-Powered Boat Launch for Taber Lake
At the March 27 meeting, council passed a motion directing administration to investigate the cost and feasibility of a non-powered boat launch at Taber Lake.