Concerned citizen Monique Peters spoke for the second consecutive regular meeting of Council about the impact that speed and dangerous pedestrian conditions on Algonquin Avenue have on the community.
Peters implored Council to reduce the speed limit along the stretch of Algonquin heading south from the Highway 11/17 intersection. At the meeting, two weeks previous, Council did direct staff to consult with the MTO on jurisdiction when it comes to that section of road. Peters did her due diligence, bringing proof from correspondence with an MTO representative that the part of the road in question was, in fact, municipal property.
“You can do anything you want with that road, you own it,” Peters told Council while suggesting that speed limits be dropped to 40 kilometres per hour.
Peters also wondered why there had been no discussion concerning a petition to take measures to protect pedestrians crossing Algonquin Avenue to the medical building on the west side of the road, containing approximately 2,000 signatures and presented to Council in June 2016.
One man who signed the petition lost a family member at that spot on the road and added, “Something must be done or it will happen again,” next to his signature.