Beginning January 1, 2018 CRCs will be renamed Neighbourhood Resource Coordinators (NRCs). The name change more accurately reflects the variety of work these staff will do. The NRCs will be assigned to every residential neighbourhood and Community League in Edmonton. They will support leagues with strategic planning, implementing needs assessments and community involvement plans, providing community-delivered recreation and social opportunities, event licensing, navigating City processes and connecting with other City staff who have the subject matter expertise leagues are seeking, and they will increase their focus on creating neighbourly connections and networks to collaborate on neighbourhood priorities and aspirations.
As another support to Community Leagues, the City will begin piloting a Parks and Amenities Resource Coordinator (PARC) position. This is an NRC with specialization in working with communities on construction projects such as playgrounds. These staff can be contacted through the NRC beginning January 1. To maximize the amount of time NRCs are able to spend supporting Community Leagues, PARC staff will attend League meetings in person as needed. They are able to support all League meetings by providing information as requested through electronic communications.
The implications of this change are not yet understood and a "meet and greet" has been set up for leagues to be introduced to their new NRC staff as well as have a chance to talk to City administrators about the roles these new people will play in our everyday operation of the Community.
Some background: At our September 2016 AGM an issue was brought forward which asked if Argyll could discuss the risks and difficulty drivers from Argyll experience when trying to make left turns onto Argyll Road from the 86 Street intersection. Mike Nickel was in attendance at our AGM and pledged to follow up on this with the City Department responsible for it. A description of the problem was submitted. A video, which captured the danger very clearly, was recorded by a resident. Councillor Nickel conducted a meeting on December 01 with three members of Argyll and a representative from Transportation to discuss how the situation could be corrected or the risk eliminated. Their recommendations are expected to be shared fairly soon.
Current situation: Transportation was fairly receptive to our suggestions. We held two meetings with a senior person and we were assured a solution would be presented to us after reviewing the patterns and some research into the driving infractions we noted in our concerns. We have been encouraged by their willingness to meet with us. Transportation is currently examining ways to control the direction of traffic as well as offering pedestrians more safety through a delayed crossing light and a second North-South crossing on the West corners. They are also looking at adding a curb to contain traffic in the left-turning lane for Northbound drivers. This might prevent vehicles from leaving the line up to go straight North into the neighbourhood. Timing of the lights was also discussed. As well, as expected, the current work being done for utilities and paving along Argyll Road this summer will have some impact on what they decide to do with the intersection. This also includes some evaluation of the impact of the future LRT overpass and traffic controls along 83 Street will have on this traffic pattern.
Well, we've heard back from Transportation about what they feel is a workable solution. I am putting the full response below so everyone can see it. We likely will revisit this "old business" at the next AGM, but for now we'll have to see what the suggested changes will produce by way of results.
The intersection of Argyll Road and 86 Street was reviewed in response to concerns regarding motorists swerving in and out of the northbound right turn lane through the intersection to avoid the delay in the northbound shared thru/left turn lane along with concerns for pedestrian safety and accessibility.
The following improvements will be implemented at the intersection to address pedestrian safety and accessibility:
To address concerns for motorists swerving in and out of the northbound right turn lane through the intersection, the following improvements will be implemented:
In addition we will also include this location in our Video Analytics program to evaluate the effectiveness of the modifications and also use the obtained data to look at any other potential modifications that may improve overall safety performance of the intersection.
At our Annual General Meeting on September 24th, 2017 we presented a final draft of the proposed new Bylaws to govern our Community League. Copies were distributed on paper at the meeting but you can download a DRAFT copy as a PDF HERE for looking it over. Updates are being added as we go along. We encourage residents of Argyll to send us their remarks or suggestions regarding the proposed document which will be voted on at the next AGM. The community league will adopt a final version of the Bylaws at that meeting after which the bylaws will be submitted to the Corporate Registry of Alberta.
As it stands we have a comprehensive document describing how our organization will operate. We've tried to keep things as simple as possible in order to avoid writing a document which might restrain the flexibility necessary to deal with issues in our neighbourhood. As we are not a large organization we have attempted to minimize the "overhead" of administering the activities of the league in order to make it more responsive as well as enable us to act quickly on behalf of residents when the need arises.
Contact Dave Trautman by e-mail or phone if you want to comment on the current draft document or to suggest revisions which the committee will take up. Your input can help the organization in the future. Phone Dave at: 780.463.9310 (message machine) or e-mail him at:
The City's Parks Department made a recommendation to include the Argyll Sports Park plan in budget allocations for 2013. The decision by Council went against the recommendation.
When the City revisits the decision to restart the planning process our community will consult residents about participating in a new design process.
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