Radium Council addresses transportation concerns

Council addresses traffic, bylaws, and no-smoking signs for playgrounds

As the Village of Radium Council prepares to head to the annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference, the mayor and council met to discuss local issues, some of which they will bring to ministers’ attention at UBCM.

Mayor Clara Reinhardt and chief approving officer Mark Read brought forward their meeting with the Ministry of Transportation where they talked about traffic mitigation within the village. Mayor and council discussed the items Ms. Reinhardt and Mr. Read brought forward as concerns to the ministry including the four-way stop, Mile hill (the highway south of village limits) repairs, and a request for a change of speed along the highway.

“What we’re asking for is better traffic management,” said Ms. Reinhardt.

While the four-way stop was the hot topic of discussion amongst council, Ms. Reinhardt said nothing can happen until we have a government. Councillor Mike Gray asked if the possibility of having the four-way stop removed and replaced with a traffic circle was discussed at the meeting. Ms. Reinhardt countered with ‘it’s something staff see as the best option.’

However, no formal plans have been made to construct a traffic circle in Radium. Mayor and council will have another opportunity at UBCM to meet with the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena.

Another item that brought much discussion to council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, September 13th was the suggestion to implement smoke-free regulations. Council was presented with the idea during a presentation at the July 19th council meeting given by Kootenay Smoke-Free Coalition. Council revisited the idea of incorporating smoke-free regulations within the community. Councillor Tyler McCauley suggested the village put up signs at the community playgrounds to have those spaces be smoke-free.

Mr. Read suggested he could draft up a bylaw for no smoking at the playgrounds. Ms. Reinhardt then asked ‘are we really thinking this through?’

“I’m not fond of bylaws for the sake of bylaws,” said Ms. Reinhardt.

Councillor Ron Verboom, adding to the discussion, said, ‘If it’s a bylaw we’re going to have to enforce it.’ Councillor Mike Gray, spoke in favour of making a no-smoking bylaw for playground areas stating, “I think there’s no point putting up a sign without the ability to do something.”

After much discussion, Mr. McCauley made the motion for staff to look at making signs for playgrounds without a bylaw attached to it.

Council then moved onto adopting Bylaw No. 436, the Open Burning bylaw as well as adopting Bylaw No. 430, Fire Services bylaw. They then completed first, second, and third readings of the Noise Bylaw No. 437 which they will look to adopt at the next council meeting on Wednesday, October 11th.

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