Cramahe Community Association is a non-profit volunteer organization committed to improving the quality of life for residents of Cramahe Township and to represent the members of the Association in appearances before Cramahe Township Council
- Monitor financial planning and budget process to ensure that responsible financial decisions are made by Council
- Review infrastructure planning to ensure that present and future needs of the Township are met in a sustainable fashion
- Ensure that detailed safety assessments have been performed at all rail level crossings, and all level crossings meet current standards
- Pursue implementation of whistle cessation at all rail level crossings protected by Flashing Lights, Bells and Gates (FLBG)
September 20, 2016 Council Meeting - Presentation by Steve Koehl, Colborne Creek Resident
Read the presentation here (Whistle Cessation at Ontario and Victoria Streets)
Northumberland Today coverage of the presentation is available here (Northumberland Today Article)
September 9, 2016 Letter to Transport Canada
When there was no response to the CCA July 11, 2016 letter to the CN executive a followup letter was sent to Transport Canada (with copies to CN) on September 9, 2016. You can read the letter here (Letter to Transport Canada) or or under the Cramahe Council/Rail Level Crossings Safety tab.
September 6, 2016 Council Meeting
At the Cramahe Council Meeting Sept 6, 2016, Burke Friedrichkeit President of the Cramahe Community Association, questioned Mayor Marc Coombs as to whether there has been any correspondence from CN regarding the reconstruction of the Barnes Road Railway Bridge.
The Mayor said they have heard nothing back from CN, even though Mayor Coombs had stated last June that the bridge would be completed sometime in the fall.
Friedrichkeit pointed out that there appeared to be a complete lack of commitment on the part of CN and Cramahe Township to get this project going. He suggested that a better option may be to not build the bridge at all, close the crossing since it has been condemned for four years already, and put the money saved towards other much-need railway crossing upgrades in Cramahe.
Craig Brooks, the new CAO for Cramahe, said that he would be looking into this issue and would consider the possibility of not rebuilding the bridge.
The proposed Northumberland Waste Transfer Facility to be built in Cramahe’s Industrial Park was another hot topic raised to Council. A concerned resident of the Township, Doug Harrison, asked Mayor Coombs to explain how 40 to 50 trucks of “construction waste” could be compacted into 3 or 4 transport trucks on a daily basis, since wood, concrete, drywall and metals are not easily crushed.
Harrison pressed for information as to what materials the Ministry of the Environment had approved in the license granted to Roger Cheer for the Waste Transfer Facility.
The Mayor was not able to provide those details.
Cheer has stated that everything from household garbage and electronics to construction and demolition waste will be handled by the facility to be shipped to the United States for disposal.
At the Council meeting on August 23rd Mayor Coombs told Council and residents that it was his understanding that it was “construction waste” that was the primary focus of the facility.
Residents will be seeking further clarification from Council on this matter.
August 26, 2016 Live Interview Northumberland 89.7FM Radio - Hopeful Disillusionment!
John Hill interviewed Gritt Koehl this afternoon on "Week in Review". Many topics from Cramahe Township were covered. Click on the link below to listen to the interview.
July 11, 2016 Letter to CN Executive and Transport Canada
Given the lack of action in correcting rail level crossing deficiencies in Cramahe, the president of the CCA wrote to the CEO of CN. Copies of the letter were sent to Transport Canada and our local politicians. You can read the letter here (Letter to CN) or under the Cramahe Council/Rail Level Crossings Safety tab. Depending on the response, the CCA may need to raise the profile of the matter with Transport Canada and the media.
June 22, 2016 Railway Level Crossings On FOUR Roads in Cramahe Deemed Unsafe for School Buses
New information was received by the CCA today (June 22, 2016) from STSCO, the company responsible for busing students to school in Cramahe. Presently, there are THREE roads with railway level crossings that STSCO will not permit buses to traverse due to the unsafe conditions, and ONE road where only a small vehicle is permitted to cross the railway level crossings. The crossings that are deemed unsafe are on BARNES ROAD, BELLAMY ROAD and PETERS ROAD. HUNT ROAD is the one where only small vehicles are permitted to cross the railway level crossings.
June 21, 2016 CCA Delegation to Council - Presentation and Level Crossing Photos available at following tabs:
Presentation to Council Cramahe Council - Railway Level Crossing Safety
Level Crossing Photos Cramahe Council - Railway Level Crossing Safety - Crossing Photo Gallery
Fire Department Service Call Reports
Reports available under Cramahe Council - EMS/Fire tab.
June 7, 2016 Community Care Northumberland - Council-in-Committee Meeting
Community Care Northumberland's request for additional funding in the amount of $30,162.29 is on the Agenda. This issue was first brought forward to Council at the May 3, 2016 Council Meeting. It was deferred at that time, due to insufficient information. Please read the article below detailing what the issues are. It is expected that Council will once again defer a decision, as more information is being gathered.
2016 Pending Issue Papers
Council was not willing to discuss the Issue Papers for 2016 without the Actuals from 2015 being available. As a result, only the basic Budget was passed without Issue Papers being considered. Council agreed to discuss the 2016 Issue Papers throughout the year. Since the opportunity to discuss the Issue Papers was not available to the taxpayers when the Budget was passed, the CCA submitted written questions/comments for each Issue Paper. To read the CCA's perspective, please click on Financial Accountability & Transparency under the Cramahe Council tab.