President’s View of Public Information Meeting

Summary of the PIC held in Campbellford (as I see it)…..

The Engineer’s preferred action calls for building a new ramp, an overpass ramp and a bridge along the Second/Alma streets, in a confirmed historic residential area, which will directly affect some 30 or more homes (where the owners do not want to sell) as opposed to widening the current bridge which will affect the rental apartments and the business space availability on the ground floors thereof, in the old confirmed non-historical buildings along the north side of the current bridge (where the owners are willing to sell).

Although this new bridge will be a County bridge with cost associated being paid through the County Budget, the Municipality of Trent Hills is to pay for a significant portion of the arterial road network. This extra road network costs are yet to be determined. Furthermore confirmation will be made to construct the new ramp, an overpass ramp and a bridge, but no guaranties will be made to re-build the current bridge at it’s location when the time comes.

This Second/Alma Bridge proposal has also identified Second Street as a place for growth for new businesses to open up along this new transportation corridor. A corridor that will also encompass the re-alignment of Alma & Simpson Street, to act as an alternate throughway for traffic to join up with Highway 30 North out of Campbellford. This Alma & Simpson Street corridor will also offer places for more new businesses to locate in a similar manner as the proposal for Second Street.

This proposal… is planning to build a bridge to accommodate an aging population that will be driving fewer cars, to a future where internet sales are affecting the viability of brick & mortar stores and thus decreasing the need for new business development locations…. in short, this future plan designed for the next 50 years, would have worked 50 years ago.

The Newspapers will have reports over the next week, talk among your fellow merchants and a membership survey will be forth coming shortly.

Campbellford Bridge Debate

“Pathway to Progress” or “Corridor Of Doom!”

Campbellford BridgeThe final decision for this debate will alter the town as no other decision has ever done. You must be involved to allow the BEST direction to be taken….

Bridge Before – (Click Here to view report) This is the June DRAFT report that was in favour of the current bridge location.

  • The preliminary evaluation results suggest that Twinning the Existing Bridge Street Bridge has the potential for more good impacts and less poor impacts when compared to the Second/Alma crossing.
  • Maintaining the primary travel route through Campbellford along the Bridge Street route through the downtown provides continued exposure and accessibility for downtown business. This in turn supports the continued viability of these businesses. A Second/Alma crossing would in effect reduce downtown business visibility and accessibility by the same 50%. Any reduction in downtown business exposure and access should be considered as a potentially negative impact on downtown business.

Bridge Now – (Click Here to view report) This report which is the engineers final report, favours the Second/Alma location.

  • Based on our research conducted for this project over the past five months, IBI Group has concluded that Alternative 2 with construction of a new two lane bridge from Alma Street to Second Street, plus replacement of the existing two lane Bridge Street bridge when required, provides the best opportunity to meet the goal of this project, namely to provide a plan that is realistic, attainable and cost-effective over the next 40-50 years.

This is Very Important !!!!

Your presence and your voice are now needed.

If you are for the Second and Alma Bridge say so, if you favour the Current Bridge location say so, your chance to speak has arrived. Your comments yea or nay from what you learn at this Public meeting will be turned into your vote. It is important that you come out, study the information, listen to the presentation, ask questions and tell me how you feel – tell the committee how you feel – tell the County HOW YOU FEEL !!

The actual date of the Public meeting will be
Campbellford High School Gym on Saturday March 22
To accommodate the business and merchants the PIC is from 3 to 7 PM.
A drop in would start from 3 to 5, a presentation around 5:30 and then have the Q&A till 7 PM.

CBIA March Newsletter

Campbellford Bridge Debate continues….

Campbellford BridgeIBI Report JUNE – Two essential elements of successful retailing are visibility and accessibility. Referring to Criteria 1.1, diverting approximately 50% of existing Bridge Street traffic from through the downtown to a Second/Alma crossing would in effect reduce downtown business visibility and accessibility by the same 50%. Any reduction in downtown business exposure and access should be considered as a potentially negative impact on downtown business.

It is the general recommendation of this study that the twinning of the existing bridge at the Campbellford river crossing be approved, despite the loss of heritage resources that this proposal will entail.

IBI Report NOW – The basic conclusions of this analysis are that Alternative 1 (Bridge Street Twinning/Replacement) will operate well for the 30 year long term. However, in the very long term, there would be a need for some additional capacity and operational improvements. This could involve Bridge Street widening for added travel and turn lanes, removal of parking along Bridge Street and other streets and other intersection widening along Bridge Street. In comparison, Alternative 2 is expected to operate well for the very long term beyond 30 years without additional changes to Bridge Street. This is mainly because river crossing traffic is split between two bridges.

IBI Group has concluded that Alternative 2 with construction of a new two lane bridge from Alma Street to Second Street, plus replacement of the existing two lane Bridge Street bridge when required, provides the best opportunity to meet the goal of this project, namely to provide a plan that is realistic, attainable and cost-effective over the next 40-50 years.

Important Meeting

Your presence and your voice are now needed. If you are for the Second and Alma Bridge say so, if you favour the Current Bridge location say so, your chance to speak has arrived. Your comments yea or nay from what you learn at this Public meeting will be turned into your vote. It is important that you come out, study the information, listen to the presentation, ask questions and tell me how you feel tell the committee how you feel tell the County HOW YOU FEEL !!

The actual date of the Public meeting will be
Campbellford High School Gym on Saturday March 22
To accommodate the business and merchants the PIC is from 3 to 7 PM.
A drop in would start from 3 to 5, a presentation around 5:30 and then have the Q&A till 7 PM.

In other News…..

BIA Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/campbellford/ is there for Campbellford BIA members to use. If you have a Sale, a Special or Event going on… please Post or forward your information to the Secretary and we will go from there. This is your town bulletin board and it is working very effectively with more followers each day.

Reg Ward Insurance – has moved to the East Side… at their new location, 31 Front Street South

Ole Giant Tiger lot – yes that was digging going on with a backhoe. What’s up will soon be reveled.

Christmas is Officially over – Little Stuies has taken down their wonderful Christmas Village display. To everyone it was well worth seeing. Catch it next year.

BIA Window Awards are back – Jane Welland has returned to review store front window displays. This award will be periodically given to the best window and or general store front in the BIA area. Our first award theme will be for EASTER and judging deadline is April ?? . Happy Easter.

The CBIA Board is actively seeking membership emails, telephone and mailing addresses to update the merchant downtown membership list. Pass this information on to your downtown store neighbour and Please email the secretary … info@campbellfordbia.ca

The Campbellford BIA meets every Month on 2nd Thursday @ 6:30 pm at the Campbellford Library

Notice of Annual General Meeting

To Our Members,

bia-agm-2014-noticeThis notice is to advise you that the Annual General Meeting of the Campbellford Business Improvement Association (BIA) is being held at 6:30pm on 13 March 2014, upstairs in the large meeting room at the Campbellford Seymour Public Library.

The address is as follows.
Campbellford Seymour Public Library
98 Bridge St E.,
Campbellford, Ontario.

Your attendance would be appreciated. The Board is happy to announce that the proposed Budget is set at the same level as last year. However if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@campbellfordbia.ca.

We’re all in this together… lets make 2014 a Great Year!!
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