New three-way stop approved by Pilot Butte council

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Pilot Butte council passed a bylaw to post a new three-way stop on Hillside Gate at the intersection with Second Avenue during its regular meeting Jan. 25.

Prior to the vote, council heard from a delegation asking for improved safety signage on Hillside Gate. Local resident Ash Lander made the request for more stop signs in the area as he has seen more drivers speeding on the road, where there are many younger children playing in the vicinity.

“I’ve seen numerous occasions where cars spun out of control,” Lander said. “I’ve had cars on my lawn in the winter.”

Lander also followed one vehicle “that went completely sideways” due to speed and asked the driver to slow down, as the incident occurred just as school had been dismissed for the day.

“It’s gotten to the point when the kids are outside playing, I wear a whistle to warn them because I can’t trust the cars and the speed of traffic,” Lander said. “I’ve noticed it in my area and there are lots of young children and a daycare in the area.”

Coun. Ed Sigmeth suggested if there was going to be additional signage, a three-way stop sign would make the most sense.

Coun. Lydia Riopka said her children walk down that street and noted the corner can be dangerous. She agreed with the three-way stop proposal but wondered also if traffic in the corner needed advance warning of a new stop sign if it were installed at the intersection.

Consensus was reached there is a need for greater safety at that corner, but there were diverging opinions on how to achieve that. Another suggestion included the installation of a ‘Children Playing’ sign, rather than a three-way stop.

Upon considering all options, a second and third reading of the three-way stop bylaw were eventually passed later on in the meeting.

LIBRARY NUMBERS REMAIN STRONG

Patronage at Pilot Butte’s Southeast Regional Library branch dropped by a third in 2020 following the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in Saskatchewan, but those members who are showing up are checking out a greater number of materials per individual, town council was told Jan. 25.

A report from librarian Connie LaRonge-Mohr showed in January and February 2020, the number of unique borrowers was at a three-year high of 109 and 114 visitors respectively. Those visitors in turn checked out 1,120 items in January and 945 items in February.

Since June, when the library re-opened following a three-month COVID shutdown, LaRonge-Mohr said unique visitors have ranged from 60-70 patrons per month, with a high of 1,013 items checked out in October. A milestone was also seen in December’s visits which generated 632 check-outs, a three-year high for that month in Pilot Butte.

Keith Borkowsky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Quad Town Forum