Friday, November 15, 2013

Councillor seeks meeting with CN over waterfront issues

Prince Rupert City council will be issuing an invitation to Canadian National Railway in the near future, seeking an appearance in Council chambers for a discussion on a number of waterfront issues.

Councillor Anna Ashley asked staff to make contact with the railway, expressing her concerns over the limited access that Rupertites have to the waterfront area, access that is reduced even further with the finishing touches now in place on the soon to be operational Pinnacle Pellet Terminal.

She reminded Council that they had discussed the issue earlier this year and that somehow, amidst all the change of staff in the last year, it never found much in the way of forward momentum at Council.

She would like to have CN and perhaps the Prince Rupert Port Authority offer up some form of review of what is planned for the waterfront area west of Kwinitsa Station and what could be put in place there to provide for more access to the area for local residents.

Councillor Thorkelson also had comments on the theme, asking that Council inquire of CN as to possible noise abatement measures on the waterfront, particularly in the area of the Water Street stretch of the waterfront.

You can review their discussion points from the City Council video archive the items are reviewed from the 40 to 47 minute mark.

The issue was handed over to staff to make contact with CN officials to set up a meeting.

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