Town’s traffic bylaw amended

By Karen Fallon

Council agreed with the recommendation of administration to amend the current traffic bylaw to consolidate three bylaws into one comprehensive document in keeping with the Highway Traffic Act.

These are the former bylaws to regulate traffic, designate community safety zones and regulate on and off street parking.

The by-law to regulate traffic should be constantly amended to reflect directions of Council, notes Brenda Percy, manager of council and legislative services/clerk. These modifications should take into consideration such things as: “erecting new signs, changing parking locations, amending speed limits, etc.”

“It is imperative that the by-law be kept up to date so that any charges laid are not lost because the by-law did not properly reflect the change.” notes Percy. “This process is an arduous task and it is imperative that the process communicate the changes that originate from council right to the worker who installs the sign.”

According to the report by Percy over the past several months, administration has met numerous occasions. During which times they have conducted a physical audit of all schedules to the by-law to ensure that it reflects the most current information and reflected The Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990.

Councillor Robert Pillon, who also represents the town on its traffic committee, inquired about the reference to people not being able to operate a “motorized snow vehicle” in the town between designated hours.

“When we talk town this whole community is a town,” said Pillon. “I think it should read urban area and it shouldn’t apply to the rural area.”

B.J. Wilder, Community Standards Officer says the language comes from the old bylaw and is not a new addition in the revised portion of the bylaw.

“The police department  get a number of calls about individuals going through the rural area in the wheat crops during that particular time,” said Mayor Wayne Hurst, who noted that any changes to the wording has to be discussed with the police department.

Another concern raised by Pillon was parking for delivery vehicles on Dalhousie Street.

A request to initiate a designated  delivery area has already gone before the traffic committee and been dismissed, noted Pillon,

Again this was language in the previous bylaw, we just carried it forward, explained Wilder.

“I interpret this to be keeping those vehicles as close to the curb as possible,” said Wilder.

“I realize that we would love to get those delivery trucks off the street but the bottom line is there is no parking along there,” said Pillon. “You have a number of retail stores along there and they have to park and there is limited parking downtown in front of the stores.”

I would like to see something that can correct the fact that these delivery drivers can be ticketed, he continued.

Although the language in the bylaw refers to all the streets throughout the town enforcement is discretionary says Wilder.

“I know of no tickets that have been issued,” said Wilder in respect to the delivery truck drivers.

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