Albion Falls staircase could be two years away, not 10, says Coun. Tom Jackson

News Sep 05, 2017 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

A staircase and viewing platform at the base of Albion Falls could be in place in less than two years — far less than the prediction on a protest banner unfurled Saturday, says the area’s city councillor.

The banner, which was removed from the bridge over Albion Falls Saturday morning, chided councillors Tom Jackson and Sam Merulla for the extensive fencing added at the east Mountain attraction in light of growing safety concerns.

The writers, who have not publicly laid claim to the banner, asked for action “now, not in ten years.”

Jackson, the Ward 6 councillor, said staff are requesting a $40,000 grant from the Hamilton Future Fund to be used for the design of a staircase to the bottom of the gorge.

By the end of next summer, he said, the design should be completed and a request for capital funding from the Future Fund should be submitted.

Jackson said based on the time it took for the Niagara Escarpment Commission to approve the east Mountain stairs, he doesn’t expect there to be a delay in approval for construction.

More than 200 metres of fencing has been erected around Albion Falls since mid-July and about three dozen signs have been put up in an attempt to keep people out of the gorge and at viewing areas instead. The move came after two accidental deaths and numerous rescue calls in less than a year.

Jackson said the city as a corporation had to act “in light of what seemed to be a growing epidemic” of rescues

He said he did not have any idea who might have made the banner, but “the overwhelming majority of my constituents” have seen the changes as Albion Falls as necessary for public safety.

“Instead of having a constructive path forward, it’s unfortunate this kind of thing occurs from time to time,” he said.

“After all my years on council, it would have been nice if they got my name right,” he joked.

Albion Falls staircase could be two years away, not 10, says Coun. Tom Jackson

Protest banner hung on bridge over Hamilton Mountain attraction

News Sep 05, 2017 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

A staircase and viewing platform at the base of Albion Falls could be in place in less than two years — far less than the prediction on a protest banner unfurled Saturday, says the area’s city councillor.

The banner, which was removed from the bridge over Albion Falls Saturday morning, chided councillors Tom Jackson and Sam Merulla for the extensive fencing added at the east Mountain attraction in light of growing safety concerns.

The writers, who have not publicly laid claim to the banner, asked for action “now, not in ten years.”

Jackson, the Ward 6 councillor, said staff are requesting a $40,000 grant from the Hamilton Future Fund to be used for the design of a staircase to the bottom of the gorge.

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By the end of next summer, he said, the design should be completed and a request for capital funding from the Future Fund should be submitted.

Jackson said based on the time it took for the Niagara Escarpment Commission to approve the east Mountain stairs, he doesn’t expect there to be a delay in approval for construction.

More than 200 metres of fencing has been erected around Albion Falls since mid-July and about three dozen signs have been put up in an attempt to keep people out of the gorge and at viewing areas instead. The move came after two accidental deaths and numerous rescue calls in less than a year.

Jackson said the city as a corporation had to act “in light of what seemed to be a growing epidemic” of rescues

He said he did not have any idea who might have made the banner, but “the overwhelming majority of my constituents” have seen the changes as Albion Falls as necessary for public safety.

“Instead of having a constructive path forward, it’s unfortunate this kind of thing occurs from time to time,” he said.

“After all my years on council, it would have been nice if they got my name right,” he joked.

Albion Falls staircase could be two years away, not 10, says Coun. Tom Jackson

Protest banner hung on bridge over Hamilton Mountain attraction

News Sep 05, 2017 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

A staircase and viewing platform at the base of Albion Falls could be in place in less than two years — far less than the prediction on a protest banner unfurled Saturday, says the area’s city councillor.

The banner, which was removed from the bridge over Albion Falls Saturday morning, chided councillors Tom Jackson and Sam Merulla for the extensive fencing added at the east Mountain attraction in light of growing safety concerns.

The writers, who have not publicly laid claim to the banner, asked for action “now, not in ten years.”

Jackson, the Ward 6 councillor, said staff are requesting a $40,000 grant from the Hamilton Future Fund to be used for the design of a staircase to the bottom of the gorge.

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By the end of next summer, he said, the design should be completed and a request for capital funding from the Future Fund should be submitted.

Jackson said based on the time it took for the Niagara Escarpment Commission to approve the east Mountain stairs, he doesn’t expect there to be a delay in approval for construction.

More than 200 metres of fencing has been erected around Albion Falls since mid-July and about three dozen signs have been put up in an attempt to keep people out of the gorge and at viewing areas instead. The move came after two accidental deaths and numerous rescue calls in less than a year.

Jackson said the city as a corporation had to act “in light of what seemed to be a growing epidemic” of rescues

He said he did not have any idea who might have made the banner, but “the overwhelming majority of my constituents” have seen the changes as Albion Falls as necessary for public safety.

“Instead of having a constructive path forward, it’s unfortunate this kind of thing occurs from time to time,” he said.

“After all my years on council, it would have been nice if they got my name right,” he joked.