Council receives petition for speed humps on Elderberry Street

July 8, 2021   ·   0 Comments

By Sam Odrowski

Orangeville Council received a petition with over 50 signatures from a resident of Elderberry Street, requesting that speed humps be installed along the road, during a regular meeting last Monday (June 28).

Kathy Spragett, who sent in the petition, wrote a letter accompanying it, expressing concerns over excessive car speeds along the street and higher than normal traffic volumes at times, especially on weekends.

While she notes in her letter that she doesn’t have any small children and will be moving elsewhere due to the sale of her home, she has concerns for the safety of others children. Spragett wrote that there are many living on Elderberry and increased safety is needed.

“I have observed many close calls of kids being struck,” she noted.

“Having consulted some of my neighbours it was suggested that the town install speed humps (not bumps) which are very inexpensive but effective (they should also be used in school areas).”

Coun. Lisa Post responded to the petition during Council’s meeting, letting Spragett know that she’s listening to her concerns and that a traffic calming report will be coming back to Council in the next few months where it will identify the need for speed humps and other measures in certain areas.

“When we receive an item of correspondence, sometimes it feels like we’ve just thrown it on a shelf and not looked at it, but I just want the residents to know… that this is all being taken into consideration as we look forward into different traffic calming measures,” she said.

“So while we’re receiving it [the correspondence], that is an acknowledgement that we have gotten it, but there is work being done in the background, and it’s not being ignored.”

Orangeville Council’s next meeting is scheduled for July 12.

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