Alix Traffic Bylaw review completed

The final three parts of the village of Alix Traffic Bylaw was read and discussed, completing the multi-meeting overview of the bylaw.

Alix Council met on Wed. May 1 for their regular meeting, bringing forward a few last items to the table.

Although the review is over, residents have time to converse with council on their thoughts towards the various changes brought forward to update this particular bylaw.

The bylaw passed first and second reading at the meeting and will be brought back at a future date for third reading.

Changes include things like the school zone being changed to a dusk until dawn playground zone to limit confusion as to times where traffic is allowed to speed up and slow down near the school and other designated areas.

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Michelle White mentioned she will be looking farther into this with the scope set on all designated areas within the village limits to see where signs would be appropriate and what limits are acceptable to ‘have some uniformity there.’

Penalties have been tentatively changed to reflect more intense prices in hopes of limiting infractions within the village.

Any person in contravention to the rules can be fined between $50 and $1,000 depending on the type of offence.

Council felt that the section of ‘Parking a vehicle carrying dangerous goods on any non-designated highway’ was too low at only $100 for the first offence.

They agreed to bump it up to $250 for the first offence, $500 for the second, and $1,000 for the third in the name of public safety.

Lacombe County peace officers are the village’s designated officers with the ability to fine people with tickets or warnings under the village’s bylaw.

Library board report

Coun. Barb Gilliat shared minutes from the recent Alix Public Library meeting held in the middle of April. Mayor Rob Fehr and Coun. Gilliat attended.

The mayor asked to speak to a concern that had been raised by a number of people regarding how the library services are being delivered.

He suggested that if no evaluations are being done that they should be considered by the board.

Dwight Nagel, vice-chair, was appreciative of Mayor Fehr’s request but felt the village should have brought the complaints to the board. Jean McDermand also added that ‘We don’t always know what is going on in the library and don’t see how patrons are behaving.’

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