Ad­dress side­walk is­sue

The Niagara Falls Review - - Local -

I at­tended the can­di­dates’ meet and greet for Port Dal­housie ward on Sept. 27. The well-or­ga­nized event pro­vided hun­dreds of vot­ers with an op­por­tu­nity to hear the views of four can­di­dates. A lot of the dis­cus­sion and panel ques­tions were re­lated to is­sues spe­cific to ‘the vil­lage of Port.’

How­ever, the ward is di­verse and there are other im­por­tant is­sues, specif­i­cally, the hous­ing de­vel­op­ment at Olde School Court, lo­cated off Ce­cil Street, and the chal­lenge to the pre-ap­proved city and coun­cil side­walk in­stal­la­tion to en­sure safe pedes­trian ac­cess to a pre-ex­ist­ing, well-used pub­lic walk­way link­ing Ce­cil Street to Ju­liana Cres­cent, and Lin­well Road at On­tario Street. Side­walks are needed in this area, which is close to ele­men­tary and sec­ondary schools, two longterm care homes, a se­niors’ res­i­dence, Jaycee Park and bus routes.

Any elected of­fi­cial bet­ter be­come fa­mil­iar with the city’s of­fi­cial plan, which en­dorses the prin­ci­ples of shared com­mu­nity as­sets, pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble in­fra­struc­ture, neigh­bour­hood con­nec­tiv­ity, equal ac­cess for the dis­abled, and gen­eral safety of all pedes­tri­ans, as it seems that one cur­rent in­cum­bent, Car­los Gar­cia, had a mem­ory lapse about it on Sept. 27.

Denise Pa­paiz

St. Catharines

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