SCUGOG: Council approved an all way stop at the intersection of Paxton St. and Rosa St. in Port Perry on Monday, March 21, reversing their previous stance on the subject.
At their meeting, Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back made a motion to have the stop signs installed at the intersection, despite a warrant analysis by staff that found that stop signs were not necessary at the location.
“It is the only East-West in the urban old part of Port Perry that does not have an East-West stop sign and it makes it a very convenient cut through from Old Simcoe Rd. to Simcoe St.,” Councillor Back said.
Before the motion was officially made, council suspended their rules of procedure to allow for Marc Gibbons, a Port Perry resident and someone who started a petition to have stop signs in place on Paxton St, to speak on the issue.
“Despite being labeled a traffic calmed neighbourhood, the absence of traffic controls and functional calming measures are an invitation to speed and accelerate aggressively,” Mr. Gibbons said.
After his deputation, Mr. Gibbons also showed council a video of vehicles going up and down Paxton St. at speeds clocked over 60 and 70 km per hour.
However, Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew told council that she spoke with a member of the Durham Regional Police and was told that the top speed that was clocked on Paxton St. was 52 km per hour.
Ward 4 Councillor Wilma Wotten said that she had heard concerns from some residents about the possibility of an all way stop including noise concerns from vehicles braking and emergency vehicles having to use their siren to get through the intersection.
A recorded vote was held, with the motion passing 5-1. Regional Councillor Drew was the only member of council that was opposed.
Councillors had previously discussed the issue of speed and traffic on Paxton St. at a meeting on Monday, March 7. At the meeting, they decreased the speed limit on Paxton St. between Rosa St. and Simcoe St. to 40 km per hour, but found that there was no need for an all way stop because the area did not meet the traffic volume, or collision frequency requirements.
Director of Public Works and Parks Glen Smith told council that the signs will go up as soon as possible, with the Township possibly putting up temporary stop signs in the meantime.