Cumberland parents are concerned about traffic issues near the community school.
At a recent council meeting, Mike Tunnah, the active transportation project manager, reached out to the village to explain how, through the school’s active transportation work, they identified the area of Ulverston Avenue and First Street as dangerous and congested due to the number of road users. . In his email, he asked the village to work with School District 71 on solutions to the problem.
Mayor Leslie Baird said she had met with him to discuss what action could be taken.
“They are very concerned about the safety of schoolchildren on the property,” she said.
The mayor said the village will work with the school community on a plan to address safety issues, which will include the cost of the measures, but first they need a formal way to begin the working relationship.
“This is the start of the process,” she added.
Com. Vickey Brown requested that the village include this information in its active transportation report. She also questioned adding a school zone for First Street, although she pointed out that the province decides school zones. She also wanted to know if the local government had any speed zone powers that could help in the area.
Baird replied that they are considering putting a plan in place at this stage before working on specifics, which will include costs and priorities.
“Not everything can be done in the first year,” she said. “Even the beginning of the plan will help a lot with access up there.”
Council unanimously supported Brown’s motion for the village to engage with the school district on safety and active transportation issues in the area near Cumberland Community School.
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