Councillor calls for ice announcements

Coun. Gerry Warner was hoping the city might be able to post updates on ice conditions of the various skating areas in Cranbrook.

Coun. Gerry Warner was hoping the city might be able to post updates on ice conditions of the various skating areas in Cranbrook.

Warner said two Sundays ago, he and three friends noticed that Elizabeth Lake was frozen solid with glass-like ice.

“It was just one of those splendid Canadian winter days,” he said. That day the four of them were the only ones out there. By Wednesday there were dozens of people on the ice, he said.

But Warner then saw an ad in the paper warning about thin ice.

“I think you could probably drive a semi truck on Elizabeth Lake after this weather,” he said. “I’m just wondering if the city would make announcements.”

Warner wondered if the city has a scale for how many centimetres of ice would be considered safe.

“I’ve always thought four inches,” he said. “I think when we first went on Elizabeth Lake it was three inches and it was fine. Then when it’s declared safe, can the city let the public know that this form of recreation is available?”

Warner said he didn’t see anyone at Baker Park when he walked by before the meeting, but said it is flooded and in great shape. He hoped that notifications were something that the city could do for people as it “makes the winters more bearable.”

CAO Wayne Staudt said the city does put warnings out when there are areas of thin ice on Idlewild Lake.

“But I’m not sure if we follow up and say when it is safe, so we can work on some of those public announcements that’s for sure,” Staudt said.