Rossland City Council Briefs: June 8

Excessive speeding/Possible speed limit adjustment; Rubberhead Trail; Water Rate Plan

  • Jun. 11, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Excessive speeding/Possible speed limit adjustment:

Rossland resident Miche Warwick came before council Monday evening to express her concerns over the excessive speeding that occurs on her home street of Thompson Avenue.

“We’ve lived near the highway for a couple of years, and I don’t even know, hundreds of times cars fly by our house exceeding 70 kilometres.”

Warwick said she is worried about the safety of her kids and others that live on Thompson as well and is hoping the city can think of something to help.

Interim Chief Administrative Officer, Mike Maturo chimed in, saying people will always push the speed limits to ten or so over what they state, so perhaps changing signage throughout town could help remedy the situation.

Mayor Kathy Moore said the city has received complaints about the same issue on Thompson and other areas before. The city even went as far as to create speed bumps, but they created their own set of issues on the street.

“We are talking about doing a road study,” Moore said, “where we’ll look at speed limits all over town.”

As for right now, council told Warwick they would be open to exploring alternate solutions including but not limited to, borrowing RCMP speed boards and painting decals on the road itself.




Rubberhead Trail:

If anyone was wondering about the current state of Rubberhead Trail or its future, council has cleared that up.

Monday night, Hazel Arnold came forward during public input with concerns regarding the iconic Rubberhead Trail in Rossland.

Arnold was distraught that this formerly peaceful, shady trail was now logged out and covered in fallen timber. Her main concerns were whether or not a biologist was deployed before logging and if the trail would be restored eventually.

Council gave a quick and satisfactory response.

Mayor Moore told Arnold that indeed a biologist’s skills were used to ensure the process was conducted appropriately and the trail will be recreated but it must be done in a seperate, but nearby area.

“They are mandated to put the trail back and they’ve said they will do it,” Moore added.

The crews have been waiting for the rain to clear up and that time has come.




Water Rate Plan:

The City has received several options from the consultants hired to revise Rossland’s water plan, but as is their custom they want the public’s input on the matter.

Council wants the public to be aware of what is going on with this structured rate plan and will be informing and educating citizens throughout the Summer. Talk of a table at the farmer’s market and other plans for Golden City Days were brought up.


In the end, council decided to hold off on the actual public consultation period until September and then have the rate increase sometime in the third quarter.



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