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cheesekate

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They cleared the fire hydrants of snow in our area, but broke some large branches off the boulevard tree doing it. Now the huge branch is covering the hydrant, and the tree might be damaged beyond saving. Way to go!
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Joyce:  Earlier you mentioned that CROUSE and DRAPER should study first hand by being on the site and observe the heavy traffic . Seeing how a while back CROUSE could sit and monitor that pipe shop in the shopping center - then he should be able to  find time to monitor the traffic flow..............
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We finally got our Thursday edition of the St. Albert CheerLeader yesterday afternoon. Good thing we didn't want to buy anything from their advertisers Thursday, Friday or Saturday isn't it?

BTW, does anyone else find their editorial page column "My City", this time by Cathy Heron as offensive as I do? It's NOT her city, or anyone else's that writes the column. It's OUR city and the column name does a disservice to residents by authors claiming it to be 'theirs'.

ALSO: Readers will notice I have changed the order of posts from descending to ascending at the request of a reader so that the most recent posts appear at the top of the thread, rather than at the bottom. This makes it more like the previous chat system.
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Frankly that whole situation in Akinsdale is shady...how can that land be deemed excess school land, and not reverted back to the city. Instead the school board sells it to the developer. Here in Erin Ridge we've been told that the Eldorado field is to be zoned PS, meaning it can only be used as park or for a school. So how did the Akinsdale fiasco happen? And who's to say that can't happen again?
the land in Akinsdale was not sold to the developer. The land was given to the developer. Tax dollars paid the school board for the land as I understand.
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All outstanding members have now been approved for posting. Sorry for the delay, but the software is tricky to master. Enjoy posting folks and thanks for becoming contributing members..
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Don:  Re your posting on MYBIRDIE this morning relating to the St. Albert 5/2 city council and the fall out from this latest meeting. When you consider the likes of HERON with her "City", BRODHEAD with his attempt to get rid of the train whistles (which would be replaced with ding, ding, ding bells) PREFONTAINE with his what appears to be his self importance, OSBORNE not standing up for plain common sense and following the line of CROUSE......It makes one wonder why they cannot address financial matters as put forward by HUGHES and MCKAY. There comes a time when spending has got to be controlled and in a responsible manner It appears that the dictatorial attitude of CROUSE rules, never mind the financial cost.
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Re: Council Meeting. Ugh!! I watched that farce on Shaw, since I was interested in the Erin Ridge school motion being brought forward. But listening to all the talk about DARP, then the art projects from utility taxes just about had me turning off the tv. It was obvious how those votes were going to go. How hypocritical to wax all poetic about the lovely 10-20 storey buildings they want right downtown by the river, and then call the bridges ugly.
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And the school motion...also a farce how that went down. The city is not even following their own policy on this. Interestingly enough, the manager of the city planning department (whose name was on the notification letter area residents received, and who we were supposed to write to or contact with concerns/input) has retired. Abruptly. Where did all those letters and emails wind up? Apparently someone else in that department is also gone. Coincidence or conspiracy?
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The Greater St. Albert Catholic school board has on their website their Capital and Facilities Plan for 2013-2017. #3 on their list of wants is a new K-9 school in Erin Ridge. No mention of using their "grandfathered" Oakmont site. And yet council insists that site can't be considered for the Francophone school because it belongs to the Catholic division, which doesn't seem to want to use it. Could it be because Cathy Heron lives in Oakmont? And Steven Khan? Hmmm.
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cheesecake:  your opinion could be right on NIMBY re HERON. And as an  aside have you ever heard of any project coming close to CROUSE'S 'homestead'?
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@cheesekate RE: "Re: H for H...I will have to check with my source as to how they know the actual number of HfH units is only 6."

Did you get a chance to check your source?

Funny too, I've been told that the one person who was banging on about how badly he and his family would love to have one of these properties doesn't even qualify to live there because he and his spouse don't make enough money.

It makes me wonder if he would have still been on board with this project had he known in advance.
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Funny that both Gish and Leo Nickerson schools are beyond their max capacity of students and SA Public decided it didn't need the site at 70 Arlington.  The Erin Ridge school will do nothing to decrease enrollment at the south end schools so here we are in nicely manufactured crisis b/c our visionaries had no sense of due diligence when using a school site for an infill project.  For those of you that have school age children, how do you feel about your child being in a class of 40 or more students? 
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Live chat with city council members currently online at https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cavg5k2hkudrf3cibpc7cfgs120
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It promises to be an interesting council meeting today, or actually just after the council meeting...with the first reading of the proposed bylaw change that would see the designated Park (P) space at Eldorado Park changed to Public Service (PS), which would basically allow the government to place the regional junior/senior high school anywhere on the site. And possibly as large as they want. So long green space!
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And in classic "cart before the horse", the second draft of the traffic report and the ACTUAL SCHOOL PLANS will be presented to the public AFTER this...on January 30th. So basically council will be deliberating motions to change bylaws before even having (or at least sharing) all of the information...some of it pretty crucial.
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@cheesekate re: "cart before the horse" - and you're surprised?
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@ swallow: surprised...no. Disgusted...yes.
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Good grief, councillor Prefontaine is trying to make St. Albert an official bilingual city. Has he lost his marbles? Can you imagine the expense involved and the hard feelings that may be created by such a move? There is little need to provide full services in French in this community as the vast majority of those who live here do not use nor speak the language. 
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Prefontaine,  wanting St. Albert to be a bilingual city.  The only thing I can think of is he slipped on a banana skin and hitting his head on cement. Its obvious he should realize the major portion of the  population is not  French.
Furthermore what would be next, all transit drivers, front line employees dealing with the public would have to be bilingual - think of the cost (It's obvious no thought was given). If he like's a bilingual atmosphere, someone should tell him that Edmonton has a twice weekly train service that could take him to an area FAR east of here that would possibly satisfy him......Just a thought................
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He didn't honestly say he wants to make SA bilingual did he?  Checked my calendar and it isn't April 1st... so what gives?
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Well  ....... The Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor promoted Prefontaine during the recent election ... so this is the kind of proposal one can expect .... it sort of matches the Bracko's LRT preposal in its absurdity.
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My God, I don't know how some of those councillors and administrators can face themselves in the morning. Is selling your soul some kind of requirement? The LYING the city people (especially Bergum) did was unbelievable.
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I did enjoy the verbal smack-downs that Erin Ridge residents dealt council and administration, however. I especially enjoyed seeing Crouse out-voted in MacKay's motion to move the first reading of the amendments to Feb.18...6-1. That doesn't happen nearly often enough!
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Re last nites council session, one has to wonder does CROUSE think he is someone who is above everyone else.............trying to stifle those in attendance. That 6 - 1 vote just shows what he thinks of residents in Erin Ridge.  Between himself and Draper one has to wonder what these two  have in mind for the future. To those that voted in the last election for CROUSE THE CLOWN all I can say is "Thanks a lot" in a sarcastic way (I would like to use stronger words but am maintaining my cool)..............................

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