Edmonton Minute: LRT Signalling, Shelter Funding, and a Reverse Land Annexation
Edmonton Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Edmonton politics
This Week In Edmonton:
City Hall is quiet this week, with only an Agenda Review Committee meeting scheduled for 9:00 am on Tuesday. There are no other Council or Committee meetings scheduled this week, although something could always come up.
- Today is the last day to give public input on the "Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion Program" - specifically the part between St. Albert Trail and 97th St. The conversion will affect Sherbrooke, Prince Charles and Hagmann Estate Industrial in particular, so if you live or work in those areas, make sure to go and fill out the City's survey today before it closes.
- John Deere will be closing a remanufacturing facility in the Nisku Industrial Park which will, unfortunately, result in the loss of all 180 jobs. John Deere said it was a purely economic decision, with all their remanufacturing now being consolidated in Missouri.
Last Week In Edmonton:
- After seven long and arduous years, Edmonton has finally fixed the LRT signalling system! No more unreliable LRT trains, and no more getting stuck for 12 to 15 minutes at traffic light signals while the LRT trains cross at approximately 3 km/h. We're not really convinced that this should have taken the better part of an entire decade to fix, but it's done!
- City Council approved an additional $2.2 million in funding for the Tipinawaw homeless shelter at the Edmonton Convention Centre. This extends its operations until April 30th, as previously it had been slated to close on February 28th.
- The City of St. Albert announced that it will be annexing about 46 hectares of land from Edmonton. Yes, you read that right, and it's the opposite of what you might usually expect - a surrounding community annexing land from the major City. This is an unusual one though, as the land is left-over from the construction of the Henday. The Henday cut off the land from the rest of Edmonton, and both cities are in agreement that the switch makes sense given the new geography.
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