|Last term's Council requested an engineering study to determine the costs associated with implementing whistle cessation within the municipality. The report was presented to the current Council at their November 28th Council meeting.|
The Town of Didsbury has six railway crossings and each was reviewed. Some minor improvements were recommended, regardless of whether whistle cessation proceeds or not. The cost to upgrade the crossings is significant. Some of these costs would be covered by the Town and some by the Railway Company.
That being said, in 2021, the cost of many of these improvements will be covered by a Federal Government grant, with Transport Canada handling 50% of the costs, CP 25%, and the Town, 25%.
As such, Council felt it made economic sense to wait to undertake the enhancements till 2021.
As far as the whistle cessation is concerned, the train conductor still reserves the right to whistle when necessary, and the Town must release CP from any liability of incidents at the crossings where whistle cessation has been implemented, and would therefore be liable for these crossings.
Liability insurance requirements would be to have a minimum of $500,000 to $1M for each crossing.
The report was accepted as information only.