THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE
OPERATION - 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.

PRESENT:

Chair Councillor Jim Collard, Lord Mayor Dave Eke, Councillors: Jamie King,
Terry Flynn, Dennis Dick, Gary Zalepa, Andrea Kaiser, Martin Mazza, Maria Bau-Coote


REGRETS:


STAFF:

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

OTHERS:


MEDIA:

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:

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.

PRESENTATION:

There were no presentations made at this meeting.

1. BUSINESS:

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.

APPROVED.

1.b) REPORT PW-13-002
Re: Line 9 Road Speed Limit Review

APPROVED.

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.

APPROVED.




2. NEW BUSINESS:

2.a) Committee discussed the following:
ADJOURNMENT: 10:22
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.
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LORD MAYOR DAVE EKE