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Speed issues raised with Raymond council

Posted on November 13, 2020 by admin

By Nikki Jamieson
Westwind Weekly News

Raymond town council has made a section of 100th Street a priority for CPO and RCMP policing after receiving resident correspondence on the matter.

During their regular Nov. 3 meeting, Raymond town council discussed two letters on lowering the speed for a section of 100th Street.

The first, dated Aug. 27, noted that a letter had been sent to council several weeks prior requesting speed signs of 30 km/hr be posted on 100 Street West from the corner of the elementary school to 400 Avenue North. The letter says “endless motorists” travel in excess of the town limit of 50 km/hr, and there are no sidewalks on the pavement, so people have to walk in the road, and they feel it is “only a matter of time until a tragedy occurs.”

They noted recent federal and provincial funding announcements for children safety, and point to newly-built walking paths in town and ask how difficult it would be to reduce the speed on that stretch of road.

The second letter was a follow up to the first one, dated Oct. 13, where they reiterated their concerns.

Raymond CAO Kurtis Pratt said the matter had been previously discussed by council.

“Council had discussed the letters previously when the delegation attended and they further discussed it during their council planning session last weekend. They have tasked our community peace officers to monitor it over the last few weeks and they will continue to do so,” said Pratt.

Council passed a motion to add it to the CPO’s and RCMP council priority listing during their Nov. 3 meeting.

Pratt said to his knowledge, there was no more issues with speed on that section of 100 Street West than with any other street in the community. However, if council desired to reduce the speed, “technically all that is needed is a motion during a council meeting. There could be further engagement if council or the public desired.”

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