Work has been completed on the new roadway linking downtown Meaford, GCG with the Midland, GCG district.
The construction of the two lane road included a new vehicle / pedestrian bridge over the river, a new bus terminal in Massey, GCG, and crosswalk near the landing point in Meaford, GCG. A storage building was removed in the harbour district to allow for additional parking. The street, proposed to run past the heli-pad in the above photo, instead went into the harbour district to allow for more efficient flow of traffic.
The new route includes the construction of a new mid-city bus terminal. The new terminal, along with being an evacuation muster point, will provide limited bus services to Midland, Manitou and Massey, GCG. New bus stop signs will be placed throughout the affected regions by the end of the week and a listing of stops posted in both the Massey and Meaford, GCG terminals.
The new roadway has not been named yet and additional signage needs to be posted. A representative for Manitou, GCG stated that the downtown Meaford, GCG streets have been named and everything will be properly signed as soon as possible. The roadway and related work has cost the city over two hundred prims, a cost that will be shared with Meaford, Massey and Midland, GCG.
Manitou Tourism continues to negotiate with the Memorial Park for the construction of a road "the Minesing connection" along the channel and through the park to Massey, GCG. Memorial Park committee members have argued that the new road coined as the " 'road to nowhere' is not needed as part of the Nuclear Emergency Response Plan since Mud River Parkway leads north from the plant area along the waterway and would evacuate anyone in Mud River, GCG more efficiently". The Regional Municipality of Manitou city council with vote on the proposal for the Minesing connection road at their regular meeting later this week.
Nuclear power in Manitou has come under scrutiny again this time by the Canadian Atomic Energy Review Board. The latest review has found profound deficiencies in the community's nuclear emergency response plan. "It has a failing grade when it comes to community safety" stated Newton Winterfall commissioner for the CAERB.
In 2013 the Government passed a long list of regulations for nuclear plants to meet by 2017 including those recently brought online. The regulations include community emergency preparedness and evacuation plans in the event of a nuclear incident.
The plant installed emergency alert sirens in 2016, in coordination with a national program for emergency preparedness, and air quality / radiation detection stations are located within one region radius of the plant. The stations detect any elevated levels of radiation that may occur due to incident or accident at the plant. "It is the early warning system to the community that something has gone wrong" Mr. Winterfall said "the problem is that once the alert has gone out the procedures that are supposed to happen next are not in place". The CAERB released its most recent report to the Province of Alberta, the controlling investors of the nuclear plant, the Manitou city council office and the office of Manitou Tourism and called for immediate action to be taken to upgrade plans for city preparedness and response.
According to the regulations the nuclear facility, in coordination with the nearby communities, should be prepared to respond to radiation exposure to the general public and be prepared to evacuate the area within 0.25 acres (about five regions). "The community roadways are not adequately linked to allow for continuous flow out of the inclusion zone. There are no muster points, such as a community pavilion or centre, for residents to gather to be transported safely out of the inclusion zone" the report stated concerning the Mud River plant.
Following a three hour call between Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith and representatives of Mud River Power the city and nuclear plant have agreed to split the costs on the construction of several new roads and community pavilions in the Regional Municipality of Manitou. "We will begin construction of the upgrades this week starting with a new roadway linking downtown Meaford to Massey and Midland districts" Mr. Silversmith told the Corran Journal late Wednesday morning.
The new roadways and buildings are expected to cost over one thousand prims which will be split between all regions. "We may have to put a road down through the Memorial Park" Winter added "to connect Mud River to the Harbour district and provide an additional evacuation option for workers in the Mud River district".
Construction has started in Meaford and planners are deciding how to best build a road past the entry landing point for the region without unnecessary risk to pedestrians. "We will have to install special crosswalks and lighting to increase safety" said Bill D'Rite Manager for the Manitou Public Utilities Commission that mandates traffic signals and roadway lighting in addition to contracting services for the construction of roadways and sidewalks in the community.
The Province has ordered that all upgrades be completed in the community by August 15, 2017. When asked Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith stated that "there should be no problem complying with their recommendations by the due date... of course we can not control the weather".
Transit services to a number of communities in British Columbia have been affected by the wildfires burning throughout the province. A representative for the bus lines stated that "central routes are suspended until further notice".
Just last month Western-Canada Transit services had resumed following the devastating earthquake that destroyed Cedar Point, GCG and the Kingfisher Bay, GCG region. Working with CFB Northland military the transit service re-assigned ten inter-regional buses to serve humanitarian efforts to the victims of the 7.0 quake in May.
Wine making has been revitalized in Massey, GCG with the construction of the new Massey Estates Vineyard at 5 Fraser Trail in Massey, GCG. The former Massey Estate was known for its production of a local Merlot in the early days of its ownership by the Massey Family. The new wines produced by the vineyard will be sold at Chen's Market in downtown Meaford, GCG and other regions throughout western Canada, GCG. The new owners of the vineyard could not be reached at the time of this article.
The Manitoulin Marina and Boat Launch have been completed and the area is now open to the public. Boat owners need to be a member of the marina in order to park at the docks however the boat launch is open to the public for the launch and retrieval of all small watercraft. The new marina is located in the south-west corner of Muskoka with parking situated in the north-west corner of Midland, next to emergency services and a new public playground.
Brunel Communications continues to offer superior telecommunications and entertainment broadcasting services to the Manitou, GCG regions with the upgrade of its infrastructure to include wireless communications enhanced with the launching of two additional fixed orbit satellites over western Canada. The new satellites added to their network will provide 5G internet and LTE wireless services throughout our community.
Anna Wright's RP stories have come to Manitou! You can follow along with her new adventures as she continues life in the regions of Manitou. Welcome Anna!
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South Town Market Freebies is going out of business. They are not renewing their lease so they have to move out dozens of freebie items before Tuesday night. Come on down to the Meaford, GCG region downtown next to Chen's Market and check out South Town Market freebies before they are gone!
RealLife-Style Tiny Homes have come to the Regional Municipality of Manitou. These two storey picturesque homes include living-room, kitchen, fireplaces and bedroom area on second floor. Each tiny home is situated on beautiful private parcels in a small urban setting that offers shopping, recreation and greenspaces and amazing sunrise and sunset views over the GCG Ocean.
"We've added a fire-pit circle on every parcel at no extra cost to you. The RL-style tiny home, landscaping, and fire-pit circle totals over 475 prims that are not deducted from your 1,000 personal prims allotment. You get 1,000 personal prims for only MC$ 100 per week" described Winter Silversmith CAO Manitou Tourism. "These are not homes designed only for Tiny avatars, though there is no reason a tiny could not rent one too, these are homes modelled after real-life tiny/miniature homes" he added. The tiny timber homes are the design of Genavieve Page on Kitely Marketplace.
The Regional Municipality of Manitou is six regions of residential parcels and shopping all in a roleplay community without the rigidity and restrictive rules of a roleplay region. "Our covenant is a rather long read as it is written in the style of by-laws just like a real-life community but it boils down to a few simple rules, be kind to your neighbours and don't create excess lag. We pride ourselves on our low lag living so much that it is our slogan 'Less Lag. More Living' and I make sure that laggy items are promptly removed from the region when detected" Mr. Silversmith said.
The Municipality currently offers nine tiny homes for rent, three of which are already occupied including one by Mr. Silversmith. If you would like to tour one of the new tiny homes available for rent please travel to the region of Massey and find the demonstration home in the south-east corner of the region, near the Harbour District storage buildings, at 5 Grieg Path, Massey, GCG. Please contact Winter Silversmith for the latest copy of our Covenant or for a landmark to the demo home.
KMTV-7 ACTION NEWS UPDATE...
It was supposed to be a simple job. Go over to Teasag Trail and demolish the only house on the street. Sounds easy enough right?... The crews went out this afternoon and promptly demolished the house at 3 Teasag Trail in record time... Great, we finally got rid of one of the older dilapidated houses and could build a new rental in its place. Right?... well... not so fast ... municipality council members phones were ringing off the hook at dinner time tonight asking why the city had just demolished a historical landmark... Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith was contacted by a concerned citizen and together with the Building & Planning Department for Manitou investigated the incident. It appears that the mistaken identity was an unfortunate case of a renumeration that no one was told about, not even the company that manages our community. In early June it was discovered that 15 Teasag Trail, an Italian design rental parcel, was abandoned and the property was scheduled to be put up for rent this week. In processing the paperwork a clerk noted that the entry to the residential parcel faced Amber Way and not Teasag Trail... a simple error right? All you have to do is go in the computer and change the address... which he did. The problem was that with the change it meant that the former Lloydminster Abbey, located at 3 Teasag Trail, was now the only residential rental located on that particular street. The crew working for Calgary Canabigwormies Construction arrived, looked at the address and completed the demolition of the structure. It is still as yet unclear why they did not question the number "3" instead of "15" on the parcel but it was the only residential rental on Teasag Trail just the same. A local resident commented that the parcel address signs had been removed in early summer following a strong windstorm that damaged several signs in the area at the time...The Lloydminster Abbey was built in Midland in 1874. It was originally used to house nuns of the Saint Francis parish. It played a pivotal role during World War II as a hospital for injured soldiers returning home from the battlefields in Europe. It received Historical Landmark designation in 2016 and was converted into a residential rental development... the Abbey building was scheduled to celebrate its 145th anniversary in 2019... It is not known yet if criminal charges will be filed against the construction company for their failure to confirm the demolition address... this is Deven Talpen from the KMTV-7 Action News Desk with this evening news update from the Midland district in Manitou......
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