Removed traffic calming
Renamed a previously renamed street to name two
Look up the rest
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 20 July 2016 at 07:48
Traffic calming was not removed. Chicanes were but they were only part of the scheme. The main obstructions were dead-ends to prevent through traffic. was impossible. Some residents couldn't get ti their homes without driving around the block homes. But there weren't enough of them and they didn't seem to count. They lived on Centre Street.
Aurora never used to be like that.
It was a bellicose, belligerant interlude in town politics that started with Nigel Keane, Phyllis Morris and Evaline McEachern.
In former Mayor Tim Jones second to last term, a consultant was assigned to the north-east quadrant to satisfy complaints . There was a public school and a French-immersion school and buses.
Y'know nuisance stuff that annoyed people.
The consultant must have brought a catalogue to the meetings. Everything was chosen.
The project was referred to the next budget....after the election.
An estimate for the means to obstruct traffic was $86.thousand. Tenders were called separately. One
to build a new road and underground services and one to discourage its use by people paying for it.
A bid of $211.thousand sufficiently shocked a majority of Council to decide against the award
at the general committee meeting.
Staff were immediately directed by Morris ,the Mayor to knock on every door in the quadrant before the week-end and alert residents to the decision.
Tuesday's Council was raucous. One young father brought a photograph of his infant son to explain his passion.
The Mayor said the neighbourhood was" special". It had recently been designated heritage.
Council caved in and the contract was awarded.
The town was less than impressed. Paying to build streets and at the same time paying for an obstruction course to discourage use is inclined to have that effect.
The next election brought about a significant change .
However, except for removing the chicanes , dead-ends to impede the flow of traffic is still in place.
Re-naming a street is a long and twisted story for another day.
I'm outside doing yard work to keep me from television most days.