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Posted: March 6, 2012

Fernie hopes to reduce train whistles

A group within the City of Fernie has successfully engaged city council’s support in its efforts to get Canadian Pacific Railway to limit the use of train whistles through town.

Better Our Living Downtown (BOLD) Committee members appeared before city council Feb. 27 to ask the city to join it in its bid to bring a little more peace to downtown Fernie.

“I am writing on behalf of the Better Our Living Downtown (BOLD) Committee on an issue of tremendous importance which is affecting our quality of life in our downtown as well as the Fernie community as a whole.  We are a group of local residents who are committed to implementing new safety measures and eliminating the need for the current volume and frequency of the train whistle in our downtown area and in the Fernie community as a whole,” stated BOLD spokesperson Dan Cox in a letter to the city.

“Our group is working on behalf of a larger number of Fernie residents who believe that we need to act now to ensure we have modern long-term solutions in place to replace the current requirement for the train whistle.  We are approaching this with safety and a better quality of life as critical factors as we explore the options other communities have enacted,” Cox wrote.

Mayor Mary Giuliano said council has met with BOLD to discuss the topic in-depth and “council determined to make a resolution to request CP to stop the whistle.”

The next step for the city is to “publicize this intent of motion to the public,” Giuliano said. “I reassured the group that this would come before council at the end of the month meeting for a resolution to CP. In the meantime we are waiting to hear from CP as to when they are able to come and meet with council to discuss this issue.”

Follow this link BOLD’s online petition to issue your support to Limit the Train Whistle in the City of Fernie.  http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/fernietrainwhistle/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=system&utm_campaign=Send%2Bto%2BFriend

Ian Cobb/e-KNOW


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