LIGHT SHED ON PROBLEM
RATEPAYERS affected by the installation of illuminated street signs abutting their households met Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin and senior City of Stirling officials on June 7 to represent how the signs were adversely affecting their wellbeing, families, community amenity and property values.
The outcome of the meeting showed there might be light at the end of the tunnel coming from a willingness and commitment by the City to resolve the problem in the interests of all parties.
There are six properties in residential zoned areas where the signs have been installed and negotiations are under way with the contractor to have these removed.
City officials are working on a review of the policy wording to provide clarity for the contractor that no further signage is to be installed abutting residential properties.
With the support of the Mayor, there is optimism that the matter will be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties when the findings and recommendations of a report prepared by City officials is presented to the July community and resources committee.
An indication of whether it is a light at the end of the tunnel or an emerging train wreck should be known within the next few weeks.
RICHARD CURRY, North Beach