Traffic, speeding are concern in Mount Pearl
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
Isabelle Fry is running for Mount Pearl city council.
Dave Aker is one of two mayoral candidates in Mount Pearl.
Mount Pearl resident Joanne Letto says speeding is an issue in the city.