Crowsnest Pass council has set aside funding in its 2024 budget to begin work on improving the look of Bellevue. | Photo by Dave Lueneberg, Shootin’ the BreezeDave Lueneberg, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Following a multimillion-dollar remodel of downtown Coleman, residents in Bellevue could soon notice a change to their own landscape.

As part of its 2024 budget, Crowsnest Pass council has set aside money to help efforts to revitalize the Bellevue downtown core.

“It’s on our list of areas that we need to address for infrastructure, so it’s an opportune time,” said Mayor Blair Painter following the Oct. 17 council meeting.

“We did an initial plan. We brought it to the community for their input and they’ve had some suggestions.”

Public input was gathered from a June 22 open house held at the Bellevue Senior Centre.

Plans, at the time, included resurfacing of roads and sidewalks, new off-street parking, a public washroom, community gathering space and the relocation of overhead power crossings to underground.

“We think we’re getting close to finally revealing that and we’re looking forward to working with residents for the betterment of everybody,” Painter said, hoping the changes will be something the whole community will embrace.

Construction could begin as early as the spring.

In an unrelated matter, council has also given thumbs up to the awarding of a $584,350 contract to Filtrum Inc. for upgrades to the pump station in Bellevue.

While no specific dates were given, the work will include installation of a new high-flow pump, updates to the electrical and instrumentation components, and replacing of sand filters, where needed. Replacement of the header is also slated to take place.

It’s expected to take up to 10 hours and will likely be carried out overnight to lessen the impact on the town’s water supply.

The project is part of the municipality’s 2023 capital plan.

By Dave Lueneberg, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Oct 30, 2023 at 13:07

This item reprinted with permission from   Shootin' the Breeze   Pincher Creek, Alberta

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