Town resident seeks solution to speeding on north end of town

Speedsters along 64 Avenue and 51 Street has one town resident looking for increased RCMP presence.

Speedsters along 64 Avenue and 51 Street has one town resident looking for increased RCMP presence.

Richard Klassen spoke with town council Tuesday, Sept. 8 during the regular meeting, with the hope that council would take some action to help curb speeding and noisy vehicles.

“We seem to have a lot of problems in the (Co-Op) subdivision with noise and speed,” stated Klassen.

He wants the speed limit be dropped to 40 km/h along the road and requested RCMP increase their presence there. “We want some co-operation from the RCMP to have regular patrols there.”

One of his concerns is the speed; there are many children in the area and he worries for their safety when motorists speed by. Klassen told council he has recorded licence plate numbers but does not feel any action will be taken.

Coun. Tim Falkiner asked about the process to change the speed limit, which is currently 50 km/h. CAO Rachel Kunz replied that the speed limit is governed by the town’s bylaw.

Coun. Teri Underhill mentioned that 38 Street has a speed limit of 40 km/h and asked why. Coun. Loanna Gulka offered that she believes it is because there are no sidewalks on the street.

Kunz added that she spoke with Ponoka RCMP officers about the issue and says investigators are working on a plan for the area.

Klassen had presented a petition to town administration but as the proper steps were not followed in the petition, it could not be acted on.