General Committee Update – November 05, 2019

Last night at General Committee, Council was dealing with the issue of enhanced pedestrian safety on Kitimat Crescent and pick-up/drop-off activities for Aurora Heights Public School. First off, I want to thank all of you that came out to the meeting and for those that spoke.

Following discussion, Council referred this issue.  Specifically, Council decided  to create a working group comprised of the school board, our school trustee, town staff, council and residents/parents to work together and develop the best way to make the area safe for all… This will take some time (not a year) to come back to Council with recommendations.

The matter of sidewalks is a separate issue. Procedurally the decision on installing sidewalks could not be added last night as a motion to refer was on the table…. I understand that procedure can be frustrating at times, but we need to follow the process and while it means that last night Council could not discuss sidewalks, Councillor Kim –  as he stated last night – will be bringing a notice of motion forward to Council to revisit the decision on sidewalks.   Thus, this issue will be dealt with at the November 26 Council meeting. As staff mentioned, a 2 week delay will not change any construction timelines for a sidewalk if approved.

As always the safety of our residents is of the utmost importance and everyone at the Council table agrees that this needs to be resolved in a timely fashion. Looking forward to the discussion at council in regards to Councillor Kim’s forthcoming motion about the sidewalks.. 

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