Good Day, I sent the following letter to the Mayor and Council of Morinville, via e-mail, regarding a recent article in the St Albert Gazette pertaining to the photo radar issue in Morinville:
First off, I am at a loss as to why I should have to send my e-mails to an executive assistant rather than directly to the councillors that I am asking questions to. I did NOT vote for this executive assistant, I apparently voted for councillors who I thought would be available to my concerns, after all, the motto of the mayor and council is “We Listen, We Serve, We Achieve”! That is kind of hard to do when someone is editing your e-mails. I am sure that the Town of Morinville could provide training so that all members of council could access, read and reply to their own e-mails? My main question and concern which I wish delivered to the mayor and ALL of council is:
In a recent article in the St Albert Gazette regarding photo radar, a person by the name of Bruce Kaminski stated that the photo radar company monitors 100 Avnuee eastbound as it leaves Morinville because it “leads toward an unmarked crosswalk and bus stop.” I am familiar with this area as I received two photo radar tickets last year taken three weeks apart as I drove past the water treatment plant at this location at 6:50 a.m. on my way to work. I am assuming that the bus stop mentioned is a school bus stop as we no longer have any public bus transit in town? He also states that the RCMP have specifically requested them to “monitor” this area.
So, my question:
If, as the mayor has stated, photo radar is NOT a cash cow and this area has been identified as a potentially dangerous area for pedestrians by the RCMP due to speeding vehicles, why has the transportation committee along with the RCMP not directed the Town of Morinville to spend the approximately $600 it would take to paint the crosswalk area and erect pedestrian crossing signs at this location, thereby possibly saving a life? Could it be due to the fact that the town would lose a potential $300 to 400 thousand dollars (my estimate) in revenue from photo radar in this area alone? As a citizen and a taxpayer of Morinville, I am demanding that this dangerous location be identified by painting a crosswalk and erecting pedestrian crossing signs immediately. I am expecting a written reply from the mayor and EVERY councillor as to their stand on this request. I also wonder what the protocol is regarding the identification of hazardous areas and the time line in which the Solicitor General’s office would determine that they should be rectified? Bottom line folks, this location was identified as a safety concern almost three years ago (or more) and yet the town of Morinville is sticking its head in the sand and ignoring a potential serious accident so that it can collect the revenue from photo radar.