Anybody who’s safety-conscious knows the first step of safety is watching what you’re doing.
To that end, Pincher Creek town council approved monitoring traffic at Bev McLachlin Drive, during the July 26 council meeting.
The decision comes about one month after council approved installing safety signs that indicate the direction of the road’s curve as well as suggesting a speed limit of 30 kilometres an hour.
Initially, Coun. Mark Barber had brought forward a notice of motion for the town to look into how much it would cost to widen Bev McLachlin Drive to mitigate against traffic dangers, since part of the concern was how narrow the street gets with parked cars.
If passed, the resolution would have resulted in the operations department obtaining a cost estimate and bringing the project forward in upcoming capital budget deliberations.
Spending money to research a project the town probably didn’t need was unnecessary, said Coun. Lorne Jackson.
“That would be a pretty major expenditure to widen that portion of Bev McLachlin,” he said. “I’m just not seeing the need — there’s been no accidents that I know of on that road.”
Implementing a staggered approach according to need, added Coun. Brian McGillivray, was the best way to address the safety concern.
“The problem’s been identified, a solution has been provided with signage and we’re going to try that,” he said.
“If that doesn’t work, then there’s some other things that we could probably look at doing before we would have to incur the expense of widening the road. I think it’s prudent to not contemplate or waste money right now until we know it’s absolutely necessary.”
Coun. Scott Korbett seconded the call for financial prudence.
“There’s been a lot of rhetoric around this table about [how] we don’t know what we don’t know financially. We don’t know where the money’s going to come from,” he said.
“This would be a direct tax increase if we were to go down that route. I’m not prepared to support that at this point when we’re still coming out of the pandemic.”
The town will monitor the street for things like traffic collisions and speeding tickets for six months to one year.
The next town council meeting will be held Monday, August 23, 6 p.m. at council chambers.
Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze