Calgary City Council remained busy through the summer months and I would like to take this opportunity to share some important updates that may impact you and your community.
In July, City Council unanimously approved Calgary Police Service’s request for 50 new police officers. These new officers will help further support their efforts in reducing crime in our communities. The new positions will be funded by fine revenue and will not have an impact on property taxes.
City Council also unanimously supported a sliding scale low income transit pass. This will change the current $44 monthly pass to one where the pass price is dependent upon income, according to the low income cut-off (LICO) scale. This will reduce the current $44 monthly pass down to as little as $5.45 for low income individuals. The Government of Alberta provided $13.5 million to help fund this program.
I was pleased that Council agreed to look at Shaganappi Trail between 144th Ave and Stoney Trail in relation to heavy truck traffic. Shaganappi Trail is currently a trucking route; however, I would like to see if it would be appropriate to only allow heavy trucks on weekdays, so that the residents along Shaganappi Trail can enjoy being outdoors on weekends without the loud noises from heavy trucks. City administration will be consulting with the industry to see how we can make improvements for the communities along this portion of Shaganappi Trail.
There has been good progress on the construction of the upgraded interchange on Sarcee Trail and Stoney Trail. Once complete this interchange will allow for safer access from Sarcee Trail on to Stoney Trail, which will also help reduce congestion. This project will also widen 112th Ave west of Sarcee Trail from two lanes to four lanes. To date, these projects are on schedule to be complete by late 2016.
Pokémon Go Players – Please be mindful of our neighbours and respectful of public property.
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