How are your ‘Rail Relations’?

Do you have a rail company operating in your community? If so we want to hear from you as UBCM teams up with FCM to establish better community – rail relations.

At the 2012 UBCM Convention, members endorsed a resolution requesting that UBCM establish a Rail Committee to address issues like whistle cessation, shunting of rail cars, idling, crossings and use of herbicides. Upon investigation, it was determined that FCM presently has an MOU in place with the Railway Association of Canada resulting in the Community-Rail Proximity Initiative. Guided by a Steering Committee, the mandate outlined in the MOU is “to develop and implement a strategy to reduce misunderstanding and avoid unnecessary conflict arising from railway-community proximity”.

Instead of reinventing the wheel, the UBCM Executive has decided against establishing its own committee and chosen to work with FCM and bring BC community concerns to the FCM's Community-Rail Proximity Initiative. UBCM Past President Heath Slee sits on the Proximity Steering Committee, as does Councillor Cameron Stolz of Prince George who also serves on the Proximity Dispute Resolution Committee. FCM will be holding a workshop on the New FCM/Railway Association of Canada Proximity Guidelines during their upcoming conference on Monday June 3 at 10:30 am. The session is open to conference delegates or feel free to pop by booth 503 at FCM's Municipal Expo for more information.

UBCM wants to hear your concerns so our BC representatives to the FCM/RAC Proximity Initiative can carry your issues forward. Please advise Marie Crawford at mcrawford@ubcm.ca if your community would like to be involved. For further information on FCM's work in this area or if you are interested in participating in the FCM/RAC Proximity Initiative please contact Daniel Rubinstein at: drubinstein@fcm.ca.

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