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'Safety has always been my main concern'
to the editor,
December 9, 2013
In response to my letter last week, mayor Mike MacEachern has advised me he understands the impact of the 4-way stop on my neighbours and myself and is working closely with the Engineering Department to resolve this issues.
I also want it understood that safety has always been my main concern and I have not overlooked it. Tecumseth at Main Street has never been a busy intersection for pedestrian traffic - maybe five or six people cross here daily to go to post office. My grandchildren cross here when visiting.
Two people were hit at Centre Street this summer; with bank, hotel, restaurants and hairdressers, people are always running across the road in centre of town. As lights are costly, I have suggested the following: a crosswalk at Tecumseth and Main, a lower speed limit through town, speed bumps (installed in Keswick and Kleinburg), 'local truck traffic only' which would solve all our problems.
Sleep deprivation is also unsafe. I have almost fallen asleep driving from Barrie and have fallen asleep in a business meeting. My neighbour wears ear plugs to bed and if problem is not resolved is planning on selling his home.
It has been impossible to get a solid night's sleep since the installation beause of trucks braking, squealing, and restarting in middle of the night, also cars with loud mufflers or music blaring. It is worse than chalk on a blackboard.
"New Tecumseth's noise control bylaw, Section 129 states, "people have a right to and should be ensured an environment free from unusual, unnecessary, or excessive sound or vibration which may degrade the quality and tranquility of their life or cause nuisance."