Pay parking was always in the
I am somewhat confused with
the rationale behind Mayor Ken Melamed’s announcement that pay parking will be
implemented for day skier Lots 1 to 3 to fund the construction of the debris
barrier that is designed to protect the entire Village from potential flooding.
It would appear that council has not discussed or approved this plan as
councillor Erkhard Zeidler has indicated that introducing pay parking as a way
of paying for the barrier project before community consultation is very
It is not sufficient to “want
to hear input on the implementation”; the community should have input on the
more fundamental question of why the users of Lots 1-3 should pay for something
that is going to benefit the entire village. In order to have a rational
discussion, the RMOW needs to provide complete factual information so that
there can be an informed dialogue of the issue. For example, the number of
parking stalls in each lot, including Creekside; who owns each lot; which lots are
to be paved and at what cost; the logic of charging for some lots but not
others; some background on the economics of the project.
Mayor Melamed has neatly
tried to muddy the waters by combining two totally separate issues; pay parking
and funding the cost of the debris barrier. In fact, pay parking has long been
bubbling below the surface as an unresolved community issue ever since it was
first introduced in the Comprehensive Transportation Strategy in 1998.
Let the debate begin.
Re: My forgotten subdivision
What a very appropriate piece
you wrote last week. I don't know how many times recently I have composed a
letter in my head with similar thoughts. Your footsteps must be the ones I
follow down the highway each morning and I have often seen where you jump into
the snow bank.
I applaud your suggestion of
reducing the speed limit to 60 km/h, it might help a bit. The only saving grace
is that Function is such a busy and well populated place now that the regular
changing traffic light does serve to slow the traffic a bit. As only about 10
percent of the vehicles make any attempt to slow, or pull over to the middle of
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