Jan 24 2017:
I’d would like to provide an update on a couple of important topics.
Use of Golf Course for Skiing and Snowshoeing
We have had a year of wonderful snow, which has made for excellent skiing and snowshoeing on the golf course. I’d like to remind everyone that when using the golf course for this purpose, you must stay on the designated paths. If you happen to see people wandering off the paths, please remind them that this is not allowed. We would like to continue to have use of the golf course to enjoy winter activities for years to come.
As you may have noticed, a good portion of the walking path is covered in thick ice making it dangerous to use. Signs have been put up warning people to avoid the icy sections of the path. The ice was caused by a release of water from the water treatment plant, which is a necessary and common occurrence. Given this, we met with the MD to discuss potential remedies for future years. We have a number of options that we are exploring and we are optimistic that we can better control the problem in future years.
Hopefully everyone that donated to keep the Post Office in Priddis has now received a tax receipt for their donation. If not, please let me know. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to visit the new venue. I spoke with the temporary post master a couple of weeks ago and the new space is working very well. The way in which the community rallied to keep the Post Office was amazing. For all these reasons, it is with a great deal of disappointment and sadness (and perhaps a bit of outrage) that I must inform you that the Post Office will likely be closing in Priddis as of March 1st. We met with Canada Post yesterday where we were informed of their decision. At the time that we collected the money to keep the post office in Priddis, Canada Post had hired a permanent Post Master for Priddis and we were confident that if we could secure and pay for an interim location, we would be able to keep the Post Office for the long-term. Just prior to moving into the new space, the newly hired Post Master withdrew from the position. There was only one other qualified candidate, but they also withdrew their name from consideration. Canada Post would not reveal the reasons for the withdrawals. Canada Post committed to using temporary staffing through February while they searched for a new Post Master. This search has proven to be fruitless as Canada Post has not found any additional qualified candidates. It has difficult to find temporary staff to man the Post Office and Canada Post is having to pay for travel time and costs for the temporary workers. This isn’t a situation they can continue to manage and support. I am very sorry to have to provide this update. Unfortunately, Canada Post was intractable on their decision. There is a small possibility that someone may open a Canada Post franchise in the area in the future.
I have discussed the donations that were given to the Priddis Community Association for the Post Office with the President of the PCA, Ed Osborne. A good portion of the money has already been spent on renovations of the new space, moving costs, rent and utilities. Because tax receipts have already been issued, it is not possible to refund any of the remaining donated funds, which will go towards the building of the multi-purpose facility in Priddis. This project is still on track and as members of the Priddis Community Association, we will have access to use the new facility. Any donors who gave $300+ will be given special recognition on the new facility as promised.
I discussed with Canada Post where we will now pick up parcels and registered letters. They have agreed to meet with me on February 6th to discuss the possibilities and have agreed to accommodate our preferences if possible. They have indicated that we will either go to Bragg Creek, or somewhere in South Calgary, however we must choose one location for the entire community. I suspect that most people would choose South Calgary, but if you have any strong preferences, please send them to me. I will do my best to advocate on the community’s behalf to get the best solution possible at this point. I will send another update after the meeting on February 6th and again, I am truly sorry to have to report this to you.