After Coun. Luke Leatherdale spoke with a number of concerned neighbourhood citizens, he brought those concerns forward at Monday’s council meeting, and — with council’s approval — city staff have been directed to report back on the feasibility of a four-way stop at the intersection of Mary and Douglas Street.
“I was originally contacted by a resident who lives near that intersection, and they actually did a petition in that neighbourhood and everybody signed it,” Leatherdale said. “I went on two different canvassing missions, and there was nothing but strong support for this, so I think we should do it.”
Coun. Ralph Cipolla said he, too, has heard concerns from the neighbourhood.
“People use Mary Street to come downtown and the speed is unreal, and the sidewalks need to be done there … so I will be supporting it,” he said.
When asked by OrilliaMatters, Leatherdale said residents have concerns about children in the area, near misses, and drivers ignoring the stop sign at Douglas Street.
“They all just think that a four-way stop would be an improvement for this intersection, and for the safety of people who live here, so I think it's worth looking into,” he said.