She wasn’t happy with the report from city administration regarding Richmond Drive and scored point after point addressing issues like noise pollution; diesel fumes, flying rocks and small debris in addition to the blasting, and rumbling of trucks that have area residents at wits end.
According to several of the residents in attendance including Wyatt Walsh, Frank Kash, and others the only solution is to ban truck traffic on Richmond Drive as Council had earlier voted for.
Ms Hug pointed out that nothing in the city report mentions dust or allergens stirred up by the speeding trucks. She said that she’d questioned some police officers who said that if the speed limit were 40KM per hour that tickets usually would not be issued for vehicles driving under 48 KM per hour.
It comes down to what Mr. Frank Kash was saying. That if the truck ban were in effect it wouldn’t cost Cornwall any money and resolve residents concerns. Many of the Richmond Drive residents in attendance were bewildered at why the city would consider spending so much money on upgrading Richmond Drive when it really wouldn’t resolve their concerns?
Councilor Bernadette Clement, filling in briefly for Mayor Kilger was concerned about the lack of clarity and was looking for satisfaction.
Mr. Walsh continued that while seismic tests were going to be done for his group to help document and support their concerns. The group is exploring legal alternatives as well if the city won’t support them and even are considering seeking a closure of one or both of the area quarries as a last ditch measure if necessary.
He reiterated that he simply wants the trucks banned at the very least until more testing was done. The vote to defer the issue was defeated as many councilors simply felt that would pass the issue on and become an election issue.
It was a busy night indeed. What do you think Cornwall? Should Council institute the truck ban or capitulate to Mayor McGillis and the quarries?
Wyatt Walsh & Cathy Coir
Mr. Joseph Adams.
Mr. Frank Kash
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