COUNCIL BRIEFS: Left turn lights up

Municipal forest donating logs to observatory planned for Fraser River Heritage Park

Christmas came early for Mayor Ted Adlem when the left-turn lights at Cedar Street and Seventh Avenue became operational Dec. 16.

Adlem, who lives in the neighbourhood, had been championing for improvements to that intersection for months. It is the second-highest crash location in Mission, behind the Lougheed Highway and Cedar Valley Connector intersection.

Engineers feared the left-turn lights would back up traffic on Cedar even more during rush hour, but promised to complete the project by the end of 2013. According to a staff report last month, the extra lights cost about $35,000.

 

Things looking up at FRHP

Mission Heritage Association will be receiving about $6,500 worth of logs from the municipal forest to build an observatory at Fraser River Heritage Park.

The observatory, which is expected to attract stargazers from across the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland, will be located behind the Norma Kenney House and between the gravel trail and service access road.

Mission’s Sunrise Rotary Club has already contributed $40,000 towards the project and the provincial government has already kicked in $100,000.

The district’s contribution will come out of council’s 2014 contingency account because an in-kind donation would impact the forestry department’s bottom line.

All trees are potential revenue, explained Coun. Jenny Stevens.