BROCKTON – Members of the public are undoubtedly familiar with those signs that flash your speed as you enter Walkerton from east or west.
They may be somewhat more familiar with them in the future, not just in Walkerton but throughout Brockton.
At the Oct. 26 meeting, council discussed a request by John Strader, roads supervisor, for the purchase of four solar speed radar signs.
The Brockton Police Services Board purchased two solar speed radar signs this year; these have been placed on the east and west hills leading into Walkerton.
Staff shares the data from the signs with police and the county, since they are located on county roads, and would share data from any additional signs purchased. The two signs cost just under $9,000.
Three options were presented: purchase the signs in the 2021 budget, purchase the signs in the 2022 budget, or purchase the signs in the 2022 budget contingent on data collected.
The BlackCat Speed Radar could be installed on the Cargill and Chepstow roads to determine the extent to which speeding is a problem.
Coun. Steve Adams commented that the signs on the east and west hills are a benefit, and suggested that perhaps two signs could be purchased. He noted the signs are supposed to be moved around; if left in one place for too long, they start losing effectiveness.
“I really feel those four signs need to be purchased,” Coun. Kym Hutcheon said.
That would mean four signs in addition to the two purchased by the Police Services Board. She suggested ordering the signs now.
Coun. Tim Elphick noted that the police board has discussed speeding at length. He suggested the timing might be a bit premature for purchasing additional signs and agreed that they need to be moved around to be effective.
Deputy Mayor Dan Gieruszak suggested putting the signs in permanent locations but turned off, so they keep collecting data. He noted that with the bridge out in Chepstow, it’s certainly a nicer community without the speeding.
Coun. James Lang said he supports option one – purchasing the solar speed signs in the 2021 budget.
Hutcheon noted if speed signs aren’t used in Chepstow and Cargill, something else will have to be done, such as stop signs.
Coun. Dean Leifso took an opposing view to most of council, stating that he doesn’t think the flashing speed signs work very well. What he wants is to see data.
He noted that some people don’t slow down when the signs flash, but take them as a challenge.
“We don’t need six,” he said, “and they need to be moved around.”
Lang suggested other locations besides Cargill and Chepstow where they could be used, such as Riversdale and Elmwood.
Mayor Chris Peabody said the preferred option seemed to be the first one, four signs in the 2021 budget, and when put to the vote, the motion carried.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times