Slowdown coming in Big Lakes County hamlets

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

Speed limits could soon be the same in all County of Big Lakes hamlets, which would mean a reduction in some. County council gave the first two readings to a bylaw that would make the limit 40 kilometres per hour at its Aug. 9 meeting.
The matter had started out as a request from councillor Ed Podollan to lower the speed limit in Joussard only.
“It was a concern by ratepayers and tourists about speeding drivers,” he said. “People are walking and cycling on the roadway beside vehicles and lower speed limits would be safer.”
In the Aug. 9 discussion, reeve Ken Matthews said he thought the speed limit should be the same in all hamlets.
“Then it’s easier to police,” he said.
The speed limit in Joussard and Enilda is 50, while in Kinuso and Faust it is 40 kph. Faust councillor Robert Nygaard voted against the change, but gave no reason why.
In a related story, speed-reading signs could be coming to the county.
“They are excellent and we should consider them at budget time,” said councillor Ken Killeen. “People would pay more attention to them and their speed.”
Council had inquired about the electronic signs when Town of High Prairie peace officers Alan Bloom and Erica Thiessen updated council on their services to the county. Council heard the town has several of the portable signs, which cost in the range of $3,000 to $4,000.
“You could put them hamlets and it would surprise people,” Thiessen said.
A public hearing will be held before council considers final reading.


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