Campbell Park and Ride future in doubt
Mayor wants to consider directing funds away from project
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 06:00 am
The future of the Campbell Park and Ride project got a little more cloudy this week.
Mayor Nolan Crouse released a letter about the project from Alberta Infrastructure and had motions on Monday night’s council meeting agenda regarding the funding structure of the project.
“The province has responsibility for the land that the park and ride is projected to go in,” Crouse said in an interview Wednesday.
The letter from Wayne Drysdale, Minister of Infrastructure, addressed to the mayor and dated June 17, says the provincial infrastructure department remains committed to a previous offer of a 10-year nominal lease to the City of Edmonton, with whom the City of St. Albert is collaborating on the project.
While Crouse told council this doesn’t mean the project is eliminated, his motions, which did not go forward on Monday, would have the city look at whether or not the project should remain in the “funded” category of the budget or moved to “unfunded.”
The motions also would have any provincial municipal sustainability initiative grants not directed to the Campbell Park and Ride project, possibly opened for other projects including a possible different park and ride.
Crouse agreed Monday to shelve his motions until September when staff plan on bringing back a report.
“What I was doing is I was planting the seed if I could, if the province is only giving 10 years we’re wasting our time here,” he said Wednesday. “Who spends $30-million for eight years?”
The city has committed $10-million to the project while the province has promised to cover two-thirds of the cost through GreenTRIP fund.
The city had asked for a multi-decade lease, Crouse said.
Crouse said he wanted to deal with the motions before budget because why waste time “when it’s real clear the province doesn’t want anything to do with it?”
The letter from Drysdale says “I can reassure you that we will consider a municipal offer to purchase or exchange these surplus lands during the term of the lease agreement.”
Such an agreement would be offered to the City of Edmonton first, the letter says, and St. Albert if Edmonton didn’t require them.