BY WENDY ELLIOTT
The future rail corridor through Kings County is vital, despite the cut in Kentville, councillor Bill Zimmerman said, referring to the Kings County Rail Line Study.
He noted there are recommendations concerning the future of rail into the Annapolis Valley and a potential linkage to the Atlantic Gateway concept.
Council agreed to write to the provincial and federal ministers responsible for transportation and economic development and seek their support to include short line railways in the development and funding of the Atlantic Gateway concept.
Furthermore, councillors asked staff to investigate and make recommendations for the protection of existing rail rights-of-way as future transportation corridors.
New eatery coming
Town council amended the development agreement for Railtown on June 23 to allow Mark Reimer to add a 41-seat lounge to the 66-seat restaurant he has planned.
The development agreement will now permit a sports lounge/restaurant use with an end to unamplified music at 11 p.m. and a closing time of 1 a.m.
Reimer said he came here a year ago and just fell in love with the area. He plans to market the facility at the west end of the development to professional people.
Railtown condo owner Ralph Winter indicated he had no objections. “As a matter of fact, we’re quite in favour.”
Meanwhile, David Daniels quizzed development director Gregg Morrison about the screening for Railtown’s air conditioning, who indicated he “expects to get some action on that soon.”
Mercedes Brian asked council if any more thought had been given to a three-way stop at the intersection of Gaspereau Ave. and Main St. CAO Roy Brideau said the traffic authority is looking into it.
Councillor Zimmerman reported a Kings Transit route change in Wolfville. Passengers heading toward Grand-Pre will now transfer at the Baptist church. Service to Tideways is now every two hours instead of every hour.
He noted that the transit service is facing a 41 per cent increase in fuel costs. A 50-cent fare increase will become necessary in September since some municipal units are opposed to increasing funding. Ironically, he added, those units were also opposed to fare increases.
An express bus for Michelin employees geared to shift changes is planned and there is interest, Zimmerman said, in an express bus for commuters to Halifax daily. “We could run that service for the equivalent cost of one Highway 101 interchange. Transport is going to look a lot different in five years.” Ridership continues to go up.
Student numbers down
Wolfville School principal Adam Bunin provided a report to town council indicating that overall enrolment is anticipated to be down from this year. He expects a decrease at the junior high level and a small increase at the elementary level.
Plans are for seven junior high classes, each with about 29–30 students, and 11 elementary classes.
Councillor Zimmerman articulated fears about a consolidated school process on the horizon. In September, the school board chair and superintendent will appear before council.
One single detached dwelling permit worth $560,000 was allowed last month. Three renovation or additions were also permitted at an estimated value of $62,000.
Lorraine Jones, administrative assistant, was recognized for her 40 years on the town staff. Deputy mayor Bob Wrye presented Jones with a certificate June 23.
BY WENDY ELLIOTT