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)
December 2, 2016 - Northumberland 89.7 FM Radio - Week in Review - Live Interview with John Hill, Kevin Stuart & Gritt Koehl
- Council Split Votes with Mayor Breaking Ties regarding $190k Municipal Insurance Renewal
- Management Staff hiring over past 14 months
- Property Standards & By-Law Enforcement
- OCIF Infrastructure Funding - Cramahe receiving lowest amount in County
Click on the link below to listen to the Interview. The interview can also be heard on Northumberland 89.7 FM Radio's Website under Podcasts. Many thanks to 89.7 for providing a copy of the interview for posting on our Website.
November 24, 2016 CCA Email To Craig Brooks Re: CN Subject Matter Expert
In previous correspondence, the CCA had asked CN to supply a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to help Cramahe review the rail corridor through the Township. The idea would be to help Cramahe understand what is needed in the short and long term to address deficiencies and plan corrective measures. On November 20, 2016 Paul Longo called Drew Redden at CN to check on the status of this request. In the discussion, it became clear that while CN would not respond to a request from a community association it would act on a request for a SME from a Township official. This information was passed on to the CAO Craig Brooks in an email (Email To CAO)
Train Whistle Cessation and Quality of Life
The November 3, 2016 edition of The Northumberland News is celebrating 25 years of news coverage. Of particular interest in this edition is the message from Peter Delanty who was the Mayor of Cobourg from 2000-2010. One of the key points in his article was that he was "blessed with councillors who looked beyond the daily issues of running a town to having a vision of how they wanted to make their town a better place to live in the future."
He goes on to say "We eliminated train whistles... this required extensive negotiations with CN and CP railways and the federal government. It was worth it as it improved the quality of life for our citizens."
The Mayor's complete message is posted here. Peter Delanty's Message
How Bad is Your Road? Have Your Say!
The CCA is looking for feedback from the citizens of Cramahe to find out whether or not their road has received any attention, and to give their assessment of the current condition of their road.
In 2011 Cramahe Council hired D.M. Wills & Associates to undertake a roads needs study of the entire Township. The CCA has prepared a summary of that report under the Infrastructure - Roads Tab.
There you will find background information on the roads network, a list of roads which should have been addressed by 2016 under the 5 year plan, followed by a 6 - 10 year plan to be completed by 2021.
The question everyone wants answered is "Which roads have in fact been done in the Township since the report came out in 2012?"
October 14, 2016 - Northumberland 89.7 FM Radio - Week in Review Interview
John Hill and Jim Glover interviewed Gritt Koehl, CCA and Lydia Smith, CTA (Cobourg Taxpayers Association) today, highlighting how local radio has helped the associations to bring key issues before Council and to help share important information with taxpayers/residents in their communities. To listen to the interview, click on the link below.
Northumberland 89.7 FM is a volunteer run, not for profit radio station, keeping residents informed and entertained throughout the County. In addition to a great variety of music, the station also airs local news & weather. Several talk shows with a variety of hosts, offer citizens, community groups and local government an opportunity to keep residents informed of what is going on in their community.
89.7 is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to raise $15,000 to cover its operating costs for the coming year. The CCA recognizes the vital role a "truly local radio" station plays in keeping key issues facing taxpayers/residents at the forefront of local Councils.
Please support your local radio station Northumberland 89.7 FM Radio. Please donate today! You can make a donation online through their website, which is accessible under our Links tab, or drop your donation off at the station at 1000 Elgin Street, Cobourg.
October 7, 2016 CAO Craig Brooks Reply to October 5, 2016 Summary of Meeting
Thanks to Gritt, Ernie and Paul for taking the time to speak to us about the railway crossings and broader subject matter around infrastructure renewal. The plan with our new organizational structure and staff, is to refine our asset management plan, implement engineered based end of life capital renewal forecasting and developing long term capital infrastructure plans that will better the entire Township. This, inevitably, will include upkeep of grade crossings. I plan on fully reviewing your report and data you have put together to understand it completely.
Chief Administrative Officer
Township of Cramahe
October 5, 2016 Summary of Meeting with Cramahe CAO Craig Brooks, Councillor Don Clark and CCA Paul Longo, Ernie Koehl and Gritt Koehl
Issues associated with the rail corridor through Cramahe were summarized using satellite images of the rail corridor and the Official Plan for the Township. Particular emphasis was placed on the close proximity of the existing railway level crossings.
There is a need to review rail infrastructure and make informed decisions as to rail crossings that should be closed and those that need to be repaired to proper standards. A short term and a longer term plan are required. In the short term informed decisions need to be made regarding the Barnes Road Bridge and the Bellamy Road level crossing.
In order to develop a credible plan, the CCA position is that a senior CN staff member from engineering (not from PR), needs to be assigned to do a review of the level crossing situation in Cramahe. This review needs to be done in conjunction with Cramahe CAO and a Cramahe Roads Authority (perhaps the Foreman who knows Cramahe Township the best).
There is a need to establish a Reserve Fund for Railway Infrastructure Safety and Whistle Cessation. Seed money could come from the Working reserve fund. Starting with the 2017 Budget, an amount needs to be allocated annually to the Reserve Fund.
Regarding #3 above, we did not get to discuss this point in detail due to time constraints. Craig Brooks is in contact with Drew Redden, who does Public Relations for CN. He is not the expert that the Township needs to help assess the actual conditions at the 10 CN level crossings and the condemned overpass. We trust that you will pursue a meeting with a crossing specialist from CN, because that is truly what is needed at this point.
Regarding #4 above, you indicated that you would speak with Julie Oram and Nicole Leach-Bihun to discuss the recommendations we have brought forward, and what would be required to allow this to happen.
Thank you for taking the time to meet with us and listen to our concerns. We look forward to hearing from you on these matters
Correspondence with CN and Transport Canada
Letters and emails regarding the CN rail corridor through Cramahe Township can be found at the Railways/Rail Level Crossings Safety tab
Council Meeting Information
Information on proceedings at Council meetings can be found under the Cramahe Council/Council Meetings tab
Fire Department Service Call Reports
Reports available under Cramahe Council - EMS/Fire tab.
Northumberland 89.7FM Radio - Week in Review
Radio interviews done with John Hill and Jim Glover regarding Cramahe Township issues can be found under the News & Events/Archived Media tab
Railway Level Crossing Safety information is available at following tabs:
Presentation to Council Railways/Railway Level Crossing Safety
Level Crossing Photos Railways/Railway Level Crossing Safety/Crossing Photo Gallery
Train Whistle Cessation
Information regarding train whistle cessation can be found under the Railways/Train Whistle Cessation tab