SCUGOG: Councillors approved a recommendation to amend the speed limit on Paxton St., between Rosa St. and Simcoe St. in Port Perry to 40 km per hour.
The change comes after the Public Works department received a request from residents on the street to lower the speed limit to align with the 40 kilometre zone between Old Simcoe Rd. and Rosa St., as well as to put an all way stop in at the intersection of Paxton St. and Rosa St.
However, according to a staff report, an all way stop at the location was not required because the area did not meet the traffic volume, or collision frequency requirements.
Ward 5 councillor Jennifer Back did attempt to amend the recommendation to allow for an all way stop, but was defeated.
“We as councillors are representatives of residents. Sometimes residents concerns do not meet textbook rules. However, residents must live in these conditions,” she said before making a motion to amend the recommendation.
An amended traffic by-law to allow for the change is expected to come to council at their next meeting on Monday, March 21.
Ward 1 councillor Betty Somerville questioned if lowering the speed limit will cause any difference for a road that doesn’t have a lot of volume or collisions.
Director of Public Works and Parks Glen Smith responded, stating that the township must rely on police for the change to have any affect.
“Only with the combination of enforcement. Part of the rationale for lowering the speed as well is because of the lack of sidewalks, so people are walking on the road,” he said.
Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew told council that she will speak to Durham Regional Police about the greater need for enforcement.
Since it was a General Practice and Administration Committee meeting, the recommendation must still be approved by council at their next meeting.