Norm and I have been residents of Sturgeon County for the past 12 years. And, now that we are living in the County we continue to support the Town of Morinville. For the previous 38 years, we were residents of Morinville. We supported the businesses, festivals, schools, church, sports and everything else that is of value to a small town.
For some time now we have heard and read about the proposed installation of roundabouts beginning at the Shell Station. At the time the discussions began, we really thought there was no possible way the Town of Morinville and Alberta Highways would follow through. It was too unbelievably unrealistic to even fathom this would be done. Now though, we have read in the paper that it has been approved.
We do have what we think are some very valid concerns;
1 – if any of you have driven or ridden in a grain truck, fuel truck or large farm equipment you would honestly have to wonder how the roundabout could be safely maneuvered.
2 – if any of you have tried to cross the four lanes at the corner of 107 Street and 100 Avenue at Shell you would know it is far too dangerous without the roundabouts, let alone once they are installed.
3 – there are a number of businesses who would have property taken from them to accommodate the roundabouts
4 – the cost to the Town to reimburse the businesses for the loss of property and income
5 – the potential for considerable increase in taxes to pay for the reimbursement to the businesses
6 –We really wonder what the Councillors and Mayor were thinking when they approved the roundabouts. Would sets of lights not be more feasible and less costly and certainly less disruptive to the lives and livelihood of the business owners?
7 – has the safety of these roundabouts been considered? I don’t have the stats (i.e. for the circle at Villeneuve), but one truck on its side is one too many. With the amount of traffic on Highway 642, the potential for serious accidents or injuries is very high. I cringe when I see young children walking their bikes or walking across those four lanes or anyone for that matter.
8 – I have heard that speeding on Highway 642 is one of the reasons to build the circles but seriously, use the radar on that strip. A few costly tickets and we all learn to slow down.
9 – and lastly, Guy is Norm’s brother but he is not the only business Norm and I know will be affected. Norm and I both feel strongly that this is the wrong decision for all the businesses involved. Morinville wants to attract businesses to Main Street – so I would suggest that you work with the current owners and make it feasible for them to stay.
Norm and Francoise Meunier
Editor’s Note: The only acceptance of roundabouts was though the approval of the 642 Functional Plan in the spring of 2013
A Land Use Bylaw amendment for potential development of a property at 107 Street and 100 Avenue passed First Reading back in June to make way for a public hearing prior to the potential second and third reading Sept. 13.
Tristan Turner will have full details on those developments following the Sept. 13 meeting.