March 25th, 2017
|| Calgary, Alberta||
From time to time, the County's roads may have posted weight restrictions because of construction, maintenance or seasonal conditions such as the spring thaw. These restrictions, or road bans, help preserve the life span of County’s roads.
Seasonal road bans typically occur between early March and mid-May, when roads cannot withstand heavy vehicle loads.
On March 2 the provincial government introduced Bill 1 – An Act to Reduce School Fees. If passed, Bill 1 will reduce fees previously charged by public school authorities for instructional resources, and transportation fees for students residing over 2.4km from their designated school.The intent of this bill is to take effect, September 2017.
Instructional Resource Fees & Student Transportation Fees
Rocky View School (RVS) is grateful for the intent of Bill 1 and the government's support of Rocky View families and our public education system. At this time, the specific impact of Bill 1 on RVS is unknown. When the government releases the Bill's accompanying regulations and 2017/18 grants, we will share information with our parents as to the impacts on our jurisdiction and our families.
RVS' current Instructional Resource Fees and Student Transportation Fees cover the portion of the cost of providing service that the government does not fund in order to provide the level of services our families have come to expect.We look forward to working collaboratively with Alberta Education to implement this Bill, while ensuring the government fully funds RVS' current service levels previously afforded through these fees.
Letter from the Minister
At the request of our Education Minister, the Honourable David Eggen, we encourage all parents to learn more about Bill 1 through this ministerial letter.
The new Springbank ASP will replace several outdated plans already in place in the area – all adopted between 15 to 20 years ago. According to Zaluski, developing a new plan is about reaffirming the visions established for the area nearly two decades ago.
“It’s good to review plans at least every 10 years to account for context changes and circumstance changes – looking at what’s happened since the plans were adopted,” she said. “You need to take a look and make sure everything is working the way it needs to, so you can see if anything needs updating.”
The next step in the process, Zaluski said, will be collating the information collected from this round of engagement. While no major issues have been identified by residents and stakeholders so far, she said there are many small concerns and ideas that will need to be collected into a report which will be posted on the county’s website.
RVC will also be issuing a request for proposals from consultants interested in taking on the technical studies required for the development of a new ASP, including transportation and servicing strategies.
Once this information is received, Zaluski said, county planners can begin working on a draft ASP.
“We’ll come up with some draft concepts and return for more public feedback in May or June, to make sure we’re moving in the right direction,” Zaluski said. “We are targeting March or April of 2018 to bring this plan to council, so there is still lots of time for people to provide us with their thoughts.”
For more information about the Springbank ASP, visit rockyview.ca. Interested residents can sign up to receive e-mail notifications of any future updates to the information posted on the website.
To read the full article, visit: http://www.rockyviewweekly.com/article/Springbank-ASP-feedback-encouraged-20170227 feedback-encouraged-20170227
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