A number of issues were discussed last night. From a taxpayer perspective all negative.
John West Way is an arterial collector road. It gathers traffic from themain drag and feeds it into side streets.
People often buy homes on a collector, then discover later there's a down side...
John West Way has continued to be developed in multi-residential
projects and traffic continues to grow.
Council received a letter from a resident concerned about the traffic and convinced someone might have an accident.
Staff were directed to look into the matter which they did.
A report was submitted last night.
Pages and pages. Multiple tables.
Man hours, trucks and equipment were used.
Speed was recorded at various times of the day.
Numbers of cars at different times.
Numbers of pedestrians.
Wait time . measured in seconds, to cross the road.
One accident has happened in two or three years.
The manager of a seniors building wrote to say how difficult it is for seniors to cross the busy road.
The report cites warrants from established authorities and town policy.
Numbers collected in the problem area were substantially below warrants .
The report recommended against installation of a signalized pedestrian crosswalk at $89,000.
An alternate was also offered . Council could do it anyway.
The Mayor moved the resolution. Councillor Pirri,, who doesn't pay taxes, seconded the motion.
The majority has the authority and they decided. .
A factor presents for taxpayers to consider.
A Director is on the payroll to provide professional advice'professional standard. His salary , on the sunshine list, is closer to $200,000 than it is to $100.000.
The peopleto do the work are on the payroll. Weeks.were involved.
Wages are paid. Benefits provided. Contributions to pensions are made. .
Sick pay and vacations are provided.
O.M.E.R.S. benefits are the best .
We provide vehicles.
Equipment. Computers.Telephones. Desks.
We bought a $440,00 software program fifteen months ago, and spent $123,000 more since for bit and pieces of equipment..hired several more people for technical support. to keep track of assets. It still isn't up and running..
We are building a joint facility for works and parks, at a cost of twenty million dollars including land, to make room for all the people on the payroll and the equipment we provide.. .
We send them out to do the job they were hired to do..
And they do it.
Then Council , sits around a table like a bunch of grinning catan apes, sweep it all aside and do the political thing anyway..
To applause .