Traf­fic, speed­ing are con­cern in Mount Pearl

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - WEEKEND LOCAL - BY BETH PEN­NEY

Joanne Letto has been liv­ing in Mount Pearl for the past three years, and says it’s a great place to call home.

“I drive to MUN ev­ery day, and although the traf­fic is heavy, I have no com­plaints about the road con­di­tions,” said Letto. “The only is­sue that I have is speed­ing.”

Letto told The Tele­gram she be­lieves speed­ing is an is­sue all over the prov­ince, not just in Mount Pearl, but it is some­thing that should be looked at by the can­di­dates run­ning for of­fice in the elec­tion set for Tues­day, Sept. 26.

A fam­ily liv­ing in Mount Pearl, who asked not to be named, spoke about the street­lights.

“It seems to me that the street­lights are not on sen­sors the way they are in St. John’s,” they said. “We head to the gym around 5 a.m., and we’re still wait­ing at the light as if it’s 5 p.m.”

What peo­ple are seek­ing

Dave Aker, a may­oral can­di­date, re­cently took his cam­paign door to door. So far, he and his team have knocked on 5,000 doors, and hope to visit the re­main­ing 4,000 houses within the next week, he said.

“The main is­sue be­ing brought to my at­ten­tion has been the econ­omy,” said Aker. “Peo­ple want to make sure that their tax money is be­ing put to good use, and that their city is be­ing run ef­fi­ciently.”

Aker told The Tele­gram that traf­fic and speed have also been big top­ics of con­ver­sa­tion, and if elected he is com­mit­ted to im­ple­ment­ing ways to re­duce speeds through­out Mount Pearl.

Is­abelle Fry, one of the 13 peo­ple run­ning for a coun­cil po­si­tion, hopes to fo­cus on the en­hance­ment of youth-ori­ented pro­grams and ser­vices.

“There is a new sub­di­vi­sion off Black­marsh Road,” said Fry. “The prob­lem is, there is no play­ground or side­walk. There’s noth­ing for those kids.

“Mount Pearl is a very mod­ern city. From the garbage pickup to the re­cy­cling pro­gram, we are ahead of the game in many ar­eas.” Fry said she has a soft spot for an­i­mals, and there is a lot that can be im­proved with an­i­mal con­trol in Mount Pearl.

“It’s noth­ing ma­jor,” she said. “I just love see­ing an­i­mals find­ing great fam­i­lies.”

Ad­vance vot­ing be­gins in Mount Pearl this week­end at six lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing city hall.

El­i­gi­ble res­i­dents can visit polling booths at the Reid Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, the gym at Mount Pearl Se­nior High School, the Team Gushue Com­plex soc­cer build­ing, the Glo­ria Pear­son Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Ma­sonic Park Club House and city hall between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to­day.

Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion is re­quired for those who are not on the vot­ers’ list.

To de­ter­mine the cor­rect vot­ing sta­tion, visit mount­pearlvotes.ca.

The Mount Pearl mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion takes place on Sept 26. BETH PEN­NEY/THE TELE­GRAM

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Is­abelle Fry is run­ning for Mount Pearl city coun­cil.

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Dave Aker is one of two may­oral can­di­dates in Mount Pearl.

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Mount Pearl res­i­dent Joanne Letto says speed­ing is an is­sue in the city.

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