"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Wednesday 20 July 2016


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "WHERE ONE LIVES IS A FREE CHOICE": 

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. 


Anonymous said...

What? Your missing the RNC? :)

Anonymous said...

I think your yard work will,have to wait until this hot stuff gets through with us.
Hope you saw or heard Ted Cruz's non-endorsement of the Republican candidate. It was one of the few times when I enjoyed his nonsense.

Anonymous said...

There is more excitement in a cemetery than at the last night of the Republican National Convention.

One of the commentators said longingly: "Maybe they could bring Cruz back, even for a bit."

Apparently there are lots of empty seats and the uber drivers have been complaining how slow this week has been.

Anonymous said...

It may not be exciting but it certainly isn't boring.

Anonymous said...

Crowd building.