The Town of Falher has agreed to extend the land lease for the new site for the Northern Alberta Railway (NAR) Station.
Council approved the lease changeto 25 years at their Feb. 18 meetingd after the town received a request from Tourisme Smoky River Tourism Association (TSRTA) President Richard Primeau.
Last month, council gave final approval to donate the NAR Station to the TSRTA for the purpose of developing a regional interpretive and tourist information centre.
At the same time, council agreed to lease 8.35 acres of land along Highway 49 , under a 10-year lease plan for $1 a year.
Primeau told Nicolet that the federal agencies of Western Economic Diversification and Heritage Canada prefer a 25-year lease rather than 10.
Although council agreed to the extension, it decided to trim the property size to 4.72 acres on the southern part along Hwy. 49.
“I’d hate to tie it all up for 25 years,” said Mayor Margaret Tardif.
Several council members expressed that the large parcel of property may not all be needed by the TSRTA and council wanted some flexibility for using some of the property.
Council will take the proposal back to the tourism association for review.
Several council members expressed that the large parcel of property may not all be needed by the TSRTA and council wanted some flexibility for using some of the property.
Council will take the proposal back to the tourism association for review.