Harrison Hot Springs June 15 Council briefs

Signage, CAO and Stop lights on the agenda at Village Council meeting

No Dumping Signage

Council discussed the possibility of more signage along McComb Drive to discourage illegal dumping. Following previous discussion by Council, staff brought forward a proposal at the June 15 meeting to install more, larger signs to discourage dumping in the forested area.

The problem councillors had was that, as the signage item was not included in the 2015 financial budget, something else would have to be removed to allow for this project to go ahead.

Councilllor Sonja Reyerse said it is difficult to approve this project when she doesn’t know what will have to be removed from the budget.

Councillor John Buckley recommended that signs include a sticker for penalties for illegal dumping, and questioned the number of signs staff had recommended buying (15).

The item was tabled to allow staff to clarify some of the details before bringing it back for Council’s consideration at a later meeting.

Village CAO leaves

Facio reported that CAO Ian Crane would be leaving the village, effective July 3.

“All on Council will miss him, but we wish him all the best,” said Facio.

Crane joined the Village staff in 2011 as a building inspector and has filled the role of CAO for the last two years.

New Traffic Light

Mayor Leo Facio mentioned the new traffic light in Harrison Hot Springs, which was paid for and completed by the Ministry of Transportation at a cost of $425,000. He made it clear that no money came from the Village, as some citizens were under the wrong impression it was paid for locally.

The light at the intersection of Highway 9 and Lillooet Avenue has the distinction of being the Village’s first. Aside from the traffic signal, the road improvements included curb and drainage improvements, LED lighting, pedestrian audible count down timers, durable paint markings including lane lines and designated parking stalls, bike lands and left turn channelization.

“It’s made it safer, both for pedestrians and for traffic flow,” remarked Facio of the light, which went into operation May 14.