From Councillor Yvonne Fernandes

From Councillor Yvonne Fernandes

Hello Neighbours,

Throughout the summer some of you may have seen the yellow flex posts located on Doon Village Rd., Thomas Slee Dr. and Robert Ferrie Dr.

These posts are part of our new traffic calming program where by councillors are given four flex posts, plus the speed advisory boards, and can decide where in the ward they would be located.

Based on complaints and safety issues, Doon Village Rd. was chosen for two flex stakes from April until October along with an advisory board, which will be moved to other locations throughout the season.

Although these are not permanent measures, they are intended to disrupt drivers enough to force them to slow down. There have been concerns that drivers will swerve to the right to give way to the stakes and endanger pedestrians or cyclists. I have cycled through the area on Doon Village Rd. and have not had that feeling of discomfort. I believe that a variety of traffic calming measures will help us as a community deal with some, but not all of the speeding on our streets.

As many of you are aware, the Doon Pioneer Park Community Center has been closed since March. During the tender process it was found to be $1.1 million over what was budgeted.

Through some skillful negotiating by staff and a few minor changes in the building, we were able to bring down this difference enough to appeal to Council to support the difference. At the writing of this newsletter, I am hopeful that a majority of Council will support this so that the construction can start as soon as possible.

Hopefully we will have a brand new community center opening sometime in 2019, along with the new sports fields at Pioneer and Homer Watson and the brand new Pioneer Park Plaza.

Exciting times for Ward 4.

 

Sincerely,

Councillor Yvonne Fernandes―Ward 4