City responds to petitions

Diane Crocker
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From water control, to traffic control and parking around the city depot, residents of Corner Brook have used petitions on three instances over the past few months to bring their concerns to council.

During Monday night’s public meeting Coun. Tony Buckle presented council’s response to some of those concerns.

On Feb. 17, Windsor Street resident Rev. Rosemarie Payne spoke at a council meeting on a petition she presented on behalf of neighbours about water running down the street.

Residents there fear flooding of their properties due to melting snow in the spring and storm water.

Buckle said as the city has numerous requests regarding the control of storm water, the area will be assessed by the engineering and public works divisions with recommendations to be made to council in order of priority as determined at that time.

Deputy Mayor Bernd Staeben later asked about the timeline for the process.

Steve May, director of operational services, said he hopes to have a priority assignment for  work completed by the end of June.

“I have a list on my white board of nine or 10 of these locations around the city that residents have approached us to have a look at,” he told council.

May expects the work required on Windsor Street won’t be cheap and it will be prioritized along with others on the list.

Chief administrative officer Mike Dolter added that the work would be assessed in comparison to other issues in determining which area gets priority over the next.

In the meantime, Dolter said the city will put in some temporary measures if necessary to alleviate some of the issues until further work can be done.

May said the situation on Windsor Street is not a unique one.

“I’m assuming it’s insufficient infrastructure there and that leads to water build up.”

Staeben then asked how the projects are prioritized.

Dolter said it depends on a number of factors including the issue, the cost of the project and the number of people impacted.

Meanwhile, the Musseau’s Avenue request regarding a change to traffic control signage has been referred to engineering and public works for evaluation. Buckle said that evaluation should be completed this spring.

The final petition discussed came from residents of Charles Street.

On March 3, Brian Tucker addressed the concerns of residents of the street regarding a parking lot erected there to offset parking problems at the Public Works depot.

Buckle said the petition involves several issues. He said the primary concern centres around several recent changes to parking and traffic control which were made in response to other safety concerns in the area. It was noted that those safety concerns were brought forward by the general public as well as employees at the depot.

Buckle said as the city is currently working to develop a new location for the city depot, staff recommend no further changes in the operation of the area until that time that the depot can be established in the new location.

Organizations: Public Works

Geographic location: Windsor Street, Corner Brook

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Recent comments

  • brad
    April 11, 2014 - 22:57

    When was it again that we voted in Mr dolter?

  • Neat Pete
    April 10, 2014 - 12:46

    Neat! I can submit a petition wondering why on G's green Earth the speed limit on Riverside Drive is 50kph? Excellent!

  • Henry
    April 10, 2014 - 10:19

    Public Works uses a priority list and has been using this system for many years. Their are literally hundreds of public complaints on this list and public works will likely decide based on urgency and cost if it will be completed in a timely manner. High priority issues are added every month to this list and if your issue is low priority then it is likely it will never be completed and if so it may take years.. Public Works and Mike Dolter already know this I know this as I have been on this list year over year. I am always told that other priorities are why work cannot be completed on our street in the city. We need a new model for street work allocation in this city. Citizens paying tax in this city should expect the city of corner brook to repair all infrastructure in a timely manner when required, after all its their legal reponsibility. More often these days the Mayor and Council , directors and staff explain things away and we are placed on a so called priority list in perpetuity. Shamefull for a so called modern city.