Proposed county bylaw hits a speed bump

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

A proposal to lower speed limits in Big Lakes County hamlets has hit a speed bump.
At its Sept. 13 meeting, county council tabled third reading of a draft bylaw to decrease the speed limit in all hamlets to 40 kilometres per hour.
“I don’t think we’re ready for third reading yet,” said councillor Don Charrois.
All councillors voted in favour of tabling the matter.
“We want to consider if the speed limit should be lowered in all parts of each hamlet or only in some areas,” reeve Ken Matthews said.
Currently, the speed limit in Joussard, Grouard and Enilda is 50 km/hr and 40 in Kinuso and Faust.
At the public hearing, an Enilda resident spoke against the change.
“We have no problem with speeding in Enilda,” said Don Carlson, president and director of the Enilda and District Society for Recreation and Culture. “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”
Bart Kuefler, who owns a residence in Joussard, suggested the county place what he calls a “silent policeman” during the tourism season.
During the season of heavy traffic, a rope would be placed across the road and would slow down vehicles travelling fast.
“It would be effective,” Kuefler said. “There’s no way to police speeding limits in hamlets all the time.”
Matthews said the issue doesn’t directly relate to the bylaw, but council would consider it.
No written submissions for or against the bylaw were received by the county.
Joussard councillor Ed Podollan had first suggested the speed limit reduction in that hamlet, after several residents expressed their concern. Council then proposed to amend the speed limits to make them the same in all hamlets.


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