November 15th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 46
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Lighting up the Bellevue pathways
Miner’s lamps ignited on MDM footpath
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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The completed footpath and miner’s lamps running along it lit for the first time on Halloween night.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
While most properties were dimming their lights to give a spooky Halloween feel on October 31, the MDM Community Centre was lighting up.

The 17 custom-built miner’s lamps along the footpath east of the MDM were lit for the first time on Halloween night, adorning the walkway that connects the facility with 215 Street in the Mohawk Meadows development area.

Tiegen Contractors Inc. donated all labour and equipment costs to the municipality to complete the footpath and lighting along it.

“I found that it would be an asset to the community, but I also felt it would be an asset to our development, having that access,” says Ralph Tiegen, owner and operator of Tiegen Contractors Inc.

The local company worked with the Crowsnest Pass Historical Society to design the miner’s lamps that run along the footpath, the same design used at the Hillcrest Mine Disaster Cemetery.
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“We thought long and hard about it because we can get mass produced lamps pretty cheap compared to the miner’s lamps we have, but we looked at them and they’re vandal proof and they just go so nicely with the theme and the work that is being done by the Historical Society,” says Tiegen.

The lamps were the finishing touch to the project that started several years back, when the municipality had acquired the MDM from the school district and hired Tiegen Contractors to acquire a right of way to the facility and install a sewer and water line to the facility.
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The walkway, which was completed in the fall of 2016, was specially designed at a grade acceptable to the handicapped. The path was designed on a slight curve, and the company had hauled in 700 cubic metres of fill to get the uniform grade down to 6 per cent. The MDM is now also serviced by an 8-inch sewer and water main and a fire hydrant.

“Any time there is the opportunity to beautify our community, everybody wins. I really have to commend Tiegen. They’ve done a fantastic job on the design of the lamps and the landscaping. It’s just a real asset to our community,” says Mayor of Crowsnest Pass Blair Painter.
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