Council asks for public input regarding closing alley

Council is holding off on a decision to close a portion of an alley near the school although RCMP recommend barricading it

Council is holding off on a decision to close a portion of an alley near the school although RCMP recommend barricading it may be the best way to stop speeding motorists who pay no attention to traffic laws.

At its regular meeting Oct. 23, council held a lengthy discussion about the alley behind Drader Crescent, finally agreeing to ask for public input before making a decision.

Council has received several complaints about speeders in the alley and asked the RCMP for recommendations as to how to deal with the issue.

These recommendations, which were included in the council package, included closing off the alleyway entrance between 5323 and 5319 as it joins Drader Crescent or closing off the road between the school and the water tower property.

Installing speed bumps at the west end of 54 Avenue as it enters into the school bus barn property and near the entrance of the school where the bus lane joins 52 Street was suggested as another solution. However, if speed bumps were used, RCMP also recommend putting up fencing to close off the school’s parking area so motorists wouldn’t use that area as a detour.

In a memo to council, assistant CAO Melissa Beebe said the fire department and the owners of Cast-A-Waste were also contacted regarding closing the alley.

Beebe said the best option would be to close the alleyway entrance between 5323 and 5319 Drader Crescent and allow only pedestrian access.

“This would not impede the residents that currently have access to the back lane,” she said.

However, Coun. Scott Ellis raised concerns about blocking off that portion of the alley.

“My concern is about public access and public space. What is the logic for blocking off public access space? That is an alley that everyone in town has paid for. I feel it is public access space and we have to be careful how we block I off. We need to have a framework on how we deal with this.”

“My concern is the school buses and kids coming from both sides,” added Coun. Gayle Rondeel. “My point is it’s dangerous.”

Rondeel said traffic needs to be restricted, at least during certain times in the day, before someone gets hurt.

“It’s a safety issue,” said Mayor Sheldon Ibbotson. “It’s not just perception; it’s true, speeding is an issue.”

Coun. Paul Payson said closing it seemed a logical solution. “I can’t see any negatives other than a few people having to drive a little further.”

CAO Tony Goode said there have been several complaints from Kansas Ridge residents about speeding in the alley.

“That’s why we put the 30 K sign up, but nobody pays any attention to it.”

Council agreed speed bumps were not a viable solution as they would make grading difficult.

Council agreed to advertise the possible closure of the alley between 5323 and 5319 Drader Crescent for two weeks in the Rimbey Review and the public is asked to provide input before a decision is made.

Just Posted

Lacombe Chamber hosts election forum at LMC

LPC, CPC, PPC and NDP battle for Red Deer-Lacombe votes

NDP candidate for Red Deer-Lacombe committed to creating new green jobs

Lauren Pezzella says the country needs to diversify away from fossil fuels

Red Deer-Lacombe PPC candidate looking to put people back to work

Laura-Lynn Thompson says constituents need jobs and pipelines to bring prosperity back to Alberta

VAUGHAN: Local news stands up against authoritarianism, corruption

Supporting local newspapers ensures fairness in society

No holiday for campaigning leaders on Thanksgiving weekend, but pace slows

There is a little over a week to go before election day, and advanced polls are now open

PHOTOS: Kipchoge becomes first runner to dip under 2 hours for marathon

Olympic champion and world record holder from Kenya clocks 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds

Mourners gather for slain teenager’s funeral in Hamilton, Ont.

Devan Bracci-Selvey’s obituary says he also had ‘a loving heart for animals’

1/3 of Canadian men won’t share their feelings for fear of being ‘unmanly’: report

Fifty-nine per cent of men said society expects them to be ‘emotionally strong and not show weakness’

Dog owners have reduced risk of dying from heart problems, says researcher

Researchers analyzed data on more than 3.8 million people taken from 10 studies

Winterhawks ice Rebels 5-0

Rebels take on Medicine Hat on the road Saturday night

Yukon declares climate emergency

Territory joins nearly 500 federal, provincial and municipal governments to do so in the last year

Final debate behind them, federal leaders begin sprints to Oct. 21 voting day

The final stretch in the federal election campaign has begun

Unemployment rate down after country adds 54,000 jobs in September, StatCan says

Report says 70,000 of the new jobs were full-time, as the number of part-time workers declined

Most Read