THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE
OPERATIONS - PUBLIC WORKS ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES/REPORT
The members of the Public Works Advisory Committee met on January 14, 2013 in the Council Chambers, at 9:28 p.m.
Chair Councillor Jim Collard, Lord Mayor Dave Eke, Councillors: Jamie King,
Terry Flynn, Dennis Dick, Gary Zalepa, Andrea Kaiser, Martin Mazza, Maria Bau-Coote
Mike Galloway Chief Administrative Officer
Holly Dowd Town Clerk
Milena Avramovic Director of Community & Development
Ewald Kuczera Director of Public Works
Sheldon Randall Director of Corporate Services
Clive Buist Director of Parks & Recreation
Dawn McInnis Program Manager, Communications and Customer Relations
Kyle Freeborn Deputy Treasurer
Marci Weston Engineering Technologist - Traffic
Lauren Hauck Administrative Assistant
Melissa Mangelsen Niagara Advance
Suzanne Mason The St. Catharines Standard
Melinda Cheevers Niagara This Week
Chair Councillor Jim Collard presided and called the meeting to order at 9:28 p.m.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST:
There were no conflicts of interest declared at this time.
Delegations took place between 7:00 p.m. - 8:10 p.m.
Greg Junnor - Hatch Mott MacDonald
Mr. Junnor spoke to the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake Rural Road Safety Review Action Plan. He highlighted the conclusions and recommendations contained in the report and addressed collision experience and speed limits on the portions of the Town's rural road network that was reviewed.
Mr. Junnor spoke to the following points: operating speeds; highway traffic act; inconsistencies in through traffic speeds; posting limits; collision data including frequency and severity; findings from the study; and statutory speed limits.
General discussion took place regarding collision data, driver error, potential outcome of an engineering review, differing circumstances per road, similar rural road issues amongst varying municipalities and practical solutions.
Pamela Prunner - 1269 Line 9 Road
Ms. Prunner spoke on behalf of the residents on Line 9 and requested councillors to keep the speed limit at 50km/h and post signs with this set speed limit along Line 9 Road. Ms. Prunner reported that Line 9 sees multiple pedestrians including cyclists, horseback riders and walkers who, due to unsafe driving, passing and racing of vehicles, are at potential risk.
Michael Nagel - 1068 Line 9 Road
Mr. Nagel spoke in support of a posted and enforced speed limit of 50km/h on Line 9 Road. He reported that Line 9 has no paved shoulder, no lines, and no posted speed limits and suggested that these factors may influence motorist's confusion as to whether the road is considered a rural or municipal road. Mr. Nagel reported the findings of a study which advised that speed reduction is the number one recommendation by doctors to reduce pedestrian injuries.
General discussion took place on the varying perceptions of excess speed as well as the depth of the ditches on Line 9 Road.
Brent Harasym - Representative from Martin Sheppard Fraser
Mr. Harasym spoke on behalf of the residents on Line 9 Road to the interpretation of the Highway Traffic Act. He discussed the following: governed roads and speed limits; changing speed limits by way of By-law; default speeds; factors which should affect lower speed limits, and justification to raising speed limits.
In answer to a question Mr. Harasym suggested that since no speed limit signs are posted on Line 9 Road, related By-laws are not in force or effect.
There were no presentations made at this meeting.
1.a) REPORT PW-13-001
Re: Parking Committee Minutes of November 13, 2012
General discussion took place regarding park and ride, metro links, and active transportation.
Moved by Councillor Maria Bau-Coote, that the recommendations contained in Public Works Report PW-13-001 be adopted to include:
1.1 That the draft minutes of the November 13, 2012 Parking Committee meeting, attached to Public Works Report PW-13-001 be received; and
1.2 That the following recommendations of the Parking Committee meeting held on November 13, 2012 be referred to Council for adoption:
a) That Councillor J. Collard remain as Chair and Councillor M. Bau-Coote remain as Vice-Chair.
b) That the Parking Committee formally request Council to take a pro-active role in supporting Metrolinx initiatives to link the Niagara Region – in particular, the Old Town – with direct train and bus service from the Greater Toronto Area. A regular and seasonal service should be encouraged, and Council should seek support from both the City of St. Catharines and the Regional Municipality of Niagara to move this initiative forward in a timely manner.
c) That the Parking Committee recommend Council to approve in principle the “Park & Pedal” Program; including a proposed pilot project of a select number of sites, and funding be made available from the 2013 Parking Reserve to include $1,000 for signage and $2,000 for marketing and media promotions.
1.b) REPORT PW-13-002
Re: Line 9 Road Speed Limit Review
General discussion took place regarding the following: existing by-laws; consistency verses inconsistency; potential engineering plans; posting of signs; repro cautions of posting and enforcing a 50km/h speed limit on Line 9 Road; disparity in speeds; unreported collisions; unsigned sections of rural roads throughout most rural areas; possible outcomes and dangers of 50km/h; speed limits on surrounding roads; drawing lines on the road; consideration for full review of speeds on all municipal roads, and amendments to speed limits. An amendment motion to reduce the speed limit to 50km/h was discussed.
Moved by Councillor Terry Flynn, that the recommendations contained in Public Works Report PW-13-002 be adopted to include:
1.1 That Council approve amendment of the speed limit on Line 9 Road between Concession 1 Rd. and Concession 2 Rd. from "unposted" to a posted speed limit of 70 km/hr.
1.2 That the Town Clerk be directed to amend Traffic and Parking By-law 4308-09 to provide for the amended speed limit on Line 9 Road as noted in (1.1).
1.c) REPORT PW-13-003
Re: Audit of Water Accounts - Zero Consumption Reports
Moved by Lord Mayor Dave Eke, that the recommendation contained in Public Works Report PW-13-003 be adopted to include:
1.1 That Council receive the information contained in Report PW-13-003 regarding Audit Water Accounts - Zero Consumption Reports.
2. NEW BUSINESS:
Committee discussed the following:
Correspondence from a resident regarding Line 2 Road and the stop sign
Storm sewers and extraneous flow
Lord Mayor, this concludes the Minutes/Report of the Public Works Advisory Committee I Councillor ___________________ move, seconded by Councillor __________________ that the Minutes/Report of the January 14, 2013 Public Works Advisory Committee Meeting be adopted.
LORD MAYOR DAVE EKE