Har­bour Grace look­ing to lower school zone speed limit

Change only op­er­a­tional dur­ing school hours

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

HAR­BOUR GRACE, NL — Har­bour Grace coun­cil re­vis­ited the school zone speed limit, lo­cal am­bu­lance ser­vice and sta­dium in­fra­struc­ture.

First on Mon­day night’s agenda was Moore’s Am­bu­lance Ser­vices – a topic ini­tially brought up in a meet­ing held on Dec. 18, 2017. Dur­ing that meet­ing, Coun. Kathy Tet­ford raised con­cerns re­gard­ing the lo­cal am­bu­lance ser­vices for the Har­bour Grace re­gion. At that time, four staff mem­bers for Moore’s Am­bu­lance Ser­vices had been laid off, and only two am­bu­lance ve­hi­cles re­mained avail­able.

Fol­low­ing this dis­cus­sion, coun­cil moved to have Moore’s con­tacted for more in­for­ma­tion on the sub­ject, which was re­layed to coun­cil dur­ing Mon­day night’s meet­ing.

“The Depart­ment of Health, which reg­u­lates am­bu­lance ser­vices, has plans in place in case there are more am­bu­lances re­quired, or if the ones avail­able are some­where else,” said Mayor Don Coombs. “There are al­ways back up plans in place.”

Tet­ford then spoke up to clar­ify that the two am­bu­lances cur­rently avail­able for the re­gion have spe­cific oper­a­tion hours – one ve­hi­cle is avail­able 24/7, while the other op­er­ates un­der a rou­tine from Mon­day to Fri­day ev­ery week.

School zone speed limit Speed lim­its in the school zone near St. Fran­cis was a hot topic at pre­vi­ous coun­cil meet­ings as well.

This is­sue has been brought up at coun­cil meet­ings held in 2017. In Jan­uary, Deputy Mayor So­nia Wil­liams said she would like to see the speed limit near the school, which is lo­cated on a pro­vin­cial road, re­duced from 50 km/hr to 30, de­spite such a re­quest be­ing de­nied once in the past. Af­ter a re­quest was

sent to Steve Crocker, Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion and Works, re­quest­ing more in­for­ma­tion about the pos­si­bil­ity of re­duc­ing the speed limit, coun­cil re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence ex­plain­ing a dif­fer­ent av­enue they could take to achieve their goal.

In the cor­re­spon­dence, it was stated that, if the town wishes to see the speed limit re­duced to 30 km/hr, they can make this change dur­ing cer­tain hours of the day only.

“The Town of Har­bour

Grace can put the speed limit in school zones down to 30, how­ever, that’s only from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., when school is reg­u­larly held, and only on week­days – Mon­day to Fri­day,” said Coombs as he read from the cor­re­spon­dence. “Should the town in­stall dig­i­tal radars, they can only be op­er­a­tional dur­ing these hours.”

Re­cently, a dig­i­tal radar has been placed in the area, and coun­cil re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion that they can be turned on and

off fairly eas­ily. As per the cor­re­spon­dence, the signs are to be turned off af­ter 5 p.m. on a daily ba­sis, at which point the speed limit will re­turn to 50 km/hr.

“Ob­vi­ously, we’re go­ing to have to put up some signs that ex­plain that,” said Wil­liams. “That shouldn’t be too much of a prob­lem, it’s just a mat­ter of putting up signs with a bit of word­ing say­ing the limit is dropped, and when.”

Wind­break Ten­der

A ten­der for the con­struc­tion of a wind­break at the Danny Cleary Har­bour Grace Com­mu­nity Cen­tre has been awarded, ac­cord­ing to Town Clerk Michael Sac­cary.

If all goes ac­cord­ing to plan, Sac­cary said the work should be­gin ap­prox­i­mately at the end of March, or be­gin­ning of April.

“It’s a mat­ter of get­ting the con­crete tub­ing and so on,” he said. “I told them I’d like to see it started by the end of March at the lat­est, so de­pend­ing on how much the weather warms up be­tween March and April, they’ll move from there, which is what the con­crete part of it re­lies on. Most of the work is pre­fabs.”

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

The dig­i­tal speed radar, lo­cated near St. Fran­cis, can only be op­er­a­tional dur­ing school hours.

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