Short. funny letter in The Auroran about Council catering to special interests in the speed hump matter.
The writer is correct. Mavinac and Kennedy do get problems fixed faster than the rest of the town's streets.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 17 July 2016 at 08:20
The writer is not correct. There's a history . It will not be told at the current council table.
Nobody there,neither Council nor staff, have a clue about Kennedy Street W and the Mavrinac
Saga will not bear their examination.
But I can tell.
Kennedy was not always open between Yonge and Bathurst. It ended at Murray Drive. Murray Drive wasn't always open to Kennedy. It ended just past Regency Public School. Henderson Drive didn't open to Yonge Street either.
A hand full of old homes and at least one old farm house were in King Township on a dirt road that was Kennedy W beyond Murray Drive.
MacDonald Drive had to be opened by Tridel Corporation when they built the town house and apartment complex on Wellington Street. A Writ of Mandamus was issued to compel the town
to grant building permits for the complex. Council had pre-zoned the land for apartment density.
It was before a planning department, an Official Plan, development charges or any of that stuff.
Council was doing silly stuff then as now. Tridel was a trio of Del Zotto brothers.
Aurora's boundaries were extended when York Region was created in 1971. Kennedy Street was
constructed a few years after and services were extended. Old houses were demolished and new homes built.
Soon residents started agitating for speed bumps to stop traffic from using Kennedy Street.
The town had grown. They were part of its growth. Traffic increased. They were part of that too.
They had two,three ,four -car garages.
Not all wanted speed bumps. For the same reason the town had always resisted the demand.
According to insurance data,speed bumps damage cars. The town would be liable.
Former Councillor Damir Vrancic never wanted speed bumps. He drove a low-hung, long, red
convertible sports car and lived on Kennedy Street W.
Councilor Vrancjc has not been a member of Council for ten years.
The Mavrinac Saga started on a summer Sunday in 2014 when former Councillor John Gallo went
rat-a-tat-tatting on doors to inform residents the Separate School Board had decided not to take up a 6 acre site for a school .
The Councillor told them the town should acquire it and turn it into a park.
Lickety-split, the race was on before the whistle had even blown.
That story has so many twists and turns it deserves a post of its own.
I have laundry to hang.