May 15th 2014
In this edition of the Mayor's Message I'd like to touch on the demolition that has been going on downtown. As many of you have noticed, the Country Attic building as well as the former Discount Foods buildings have been demolished. These properties have been purchased by Special Areas who will be adding on to their existing office building. In the next week or two the same demolition company will be taking down the historic National Hotel. The Town of Hanna acquired this building through tax recovery. Unfortunately the building was well beyond repair, so it was the decision of council to demolish the structure.
RV Parking (Proposed Reduction of)
At the May 13th Town Council meeting first reading was given to a Traffic Bylaw amendment. The proposed changes to this bylaw include:
- Reduction of the 72 hour time limit for a vehicle to be parked on a street or alley to a 24 hour period. Currently the bylaw states that you can park a vehicle on a street or alley for a period of 72 hours, after this time the vehicle must be moved. The new bylaw will require the vehicle to be removed from the street or alley for a minimum period of 48 hours before being returned.
- An increase in the fines for subsequent offences.
- Provide for a temporary permit to extend the time limit in extenuating circumstances. You would be able to obtain a permit from the Town office to allow the 24 hour time limit to be extended.
All bylaw changes require 3 readings in order to be passed and put into effect. Council will be giving this bylaw 2nd reading at the June 10th, 2014 Council meeting. Now, is the time to express concerns or support for the bylaw amendments.
The Director of Business and Communication has been very busy developing our new website. The website went live on Tuesday May 13, 2014. Check it out at www.HANNA.ca
it is a dramatic change, which is very functional and easy to maneuver.