What about stu­dents’ safety?

North Bay Nugget - - OPINION -

to the edi­tor: With the an­nual in­flux of stu­dents, it’s amaz­ing the speed in which coun­cil passed judge­ment on the Main/Cas­sells Street sce­nario, de­cid­ing to have a four-way stop in­stalled within a mat­ter of a few weeks, all in the name of safety. I guess it helps that a coun­cil­lor fell vic­tim to a crunched fender. thank­fully no one was in­jured.

I was won­der­ing if any­one on coun­cil re­mem­bers the num­ber 1155? If you don’t, you will re­mem­ber in a few para­graphs.

I read re­cently in a toronto pa­per of what hap­pened re­cently, where a pri­vate ci­ti­zen built some stairs in a park for the el­derly to ac­cess some lo­cal gar­dens and im­me­di­ately had them torn down be­cause they didn’t meet the build­ing code. they were built with­out a per­mit and came in well un­der the fig­ure quoted to the city.

I’m think­ing we need the same sce­nario here in North Bay. I’m tempted to dig out my ce­ment mixer and gen­er­a­tor, and visit a lo­cal build­ing store to see if they’d care to do­nate some ce­ment. I have a sim­i­lar project in mind.

Back in Fe­bru­ary, the com­mu­nity raised cane about a real prob­lem with safety.

It did not con­cern a coun­cil­lor’s fend­ers. It in­volved ex­treme dan­ger to our cit­i­zens who re­quire city tran­sit to get around.

the num­ber 1155 is the num­ber of the bus stop on McKe­own av­enue where Coun. Mark King de­clared that ac­tion would be taken as soon as pos­si­ble to have a side­walk in­stalled on the south side of McKe­own so peo­ple would not have to stand in the mid­dle of the road wait­ing for a bus.

I went by there yes­ter­day. all I see is lovely grass. In four short months, there will be snow­banks there.

When is some­one on coun­cil go­ing to ad­dress real safety con­cerns and get the damn side­walk built? the sum­mer is half over. a four-way stop can be in­stalled in a cou­ple of weeks to save a few fend­ers, so how long does it take to build a side­walk?

In the past few months, this coun­cil has been more wor­ried with the speed limit on anita av­enue to ap­pease some welloff fam­i­lies and a four-way stop down­town to slow down traf­fic for DIA mem­bers.

Would some­one please get off their butts and ad­dress a real prob­lem? hun­dreds, if not thou­sands, of stu­dents walk down McKe­own av­enue every day dur­ing the win­ter. how about look­ing out for their safety. they bring in more money than tourists bring to Main Street

Mur­ray Cooper North Bay

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