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)
January 4, 2017
December 22, 2016 Letter From The Honourable Marc Garneau (Minister of Transport)
Shortly after the new year, a letter arrived from Marc Garneau (Federal Minister of Transport). The letter is a thoughtful response to the CCA letter of September 9, 2016. It outlines the regulatory relationship between the rail companies, the road authority (Township) and Transport Canada. The letter talks about the issues at Bellamy Road and the Barnes Road Bridge.
It goes on to say that Transport Canada did inspections at Hunt Road, Bellamy Road and Peters Road. Issues identified with these crossings were communicated to the rail companies as well as the Township and the issues have since been addressed.
Transport Canada is still studying the issue of train separation (cars coming uncoupled).
The letter states that train whistling is a regulatory requirement intended to keep drivers, cyclists and pedestrians safe when using public grade crossings. It goes on to say that some municipalities may wish to end train whistling "to provide (those) residents with some relief from the noise."
Contents of the letter are posted here Letter From Transport Minister
Good news from December 6, 2016 Council Meeting
1. Property Standards Officer:
Gerald Sproule, CBO was officially appointed the Township’s Property Standards Officer at Tuesday’s Council Meeting. Any questions or complaints should be directed to the attention of Gerald Sproule, in writing if possible. Note that urgent issues relating to health & safety will receive immediate attention, while complaints of a lesser nature will be addressed as time permits. It is hoped that the Township will develop response timelines appropriate to the nature of complaints.
The CCA is confident that residents’ concerns will be addressed by the Township.
2. Safety at Bellamy Road Level Crossing:
At Tuesday night’s Council Meeting, Cramahe Council voted unanimously to proceed with Transport Canada’s recommendation to install an active warning system, comprised of flashing lights, bells and gates at the Bellamy Road CN level railway crossing. A study published in 2014 by Transport Canada, rated the Bellamy Road level crossing as the 36th most dangerous crossing in Canada. December 31, 2016 is the deadline given by Transport Canada to receive a commitment by CN and Cramahe to correct the safety deficiency. Cramahe will be responsible for $66,700 of the $534,000 project cost, while Transport Canada will pay $267,000 and CN Railway the remaining $200,300.
3. Railway Corridor Evaluation:
Council also directed staff to continue to evaluate the long-term financial impacts of maintaining level crossings, and to explore funding opportunities with respect to the maintenance and improvements of crossings in Cramahe Township.
4. Barnes Road Bridge:
There is still no decision on the Barnes Road Bridge reconstruction. CN has submitted revised project costs of $2,042,000 to Cramahe to rebuild the overpass. CN had originally projected the costs to be $900,000 in May of this year. Council directed staff to question CN as to why the costs have increased over 100%, and were not prepared to make a decision until more information is received. Cramahe Township would be responsible for 15% of the total costs amounting to $306,300, with the potential for more costs to cover road approaches to the bridge.
5. Heritage Designation:
Council approved that a bungalow at 26 Church Street, in Colborne, receive a Heritage Designation after a presentation by Robin Young and David Good of Heritage Cramahe. It is demonstrated that the bungalow has significant cultural and heritage value with respect to the history of Colborne and two prominent families – the Keelers and the Strongs. As such, the property meets the requirements of the Ontario Heritage Act. Notice of the Heritage Designation will be served to the owners of the property, the Ontario Heritage Trust and will be published in the local newspaper. The list of designated properties maintained by the Township will be updated as well.
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?"
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