Big Valley needs new traffic bylaw

Big Valley council passed a resolution to develop a new traffic bylaw to control and regulate vehicle, animal and pedestrian traffic within the village at their Mar. 22 meeting.
According to CAO Michele White, a review of existing village bylaws relating to traffic management revealed a need for updates.
The current traffic bylaw dates from 1984.
Additional traffic rules include a bylaw regulating the use of ‘snow vehicles’ within the village limits dating from 1973, a 2014 bylaw allowing for tour wagons and a 1999 bylaw dealing with the use of golf carts which had been given first reading and then abandoned.
Further discussion uncovered a need to regulate horses also, given the regular community events which involve horses travelling on village streets.
White will develop the new bylaw for council to review at a future meeting.

Youth Forum
Representatives from Big Valley School attended the council meeting to discuss their ideas for how to improve Big Valley.
Following on the heels of last month’s consultation with elementary grade students, upper grade representatives came to the meeting to add their input.
Overall, the information gathered echoed the results from the questionnaire completed by the students.
It was agreed that upgrading Big Valley’s existing tennis court area into a multi-sport facility was a prime project for consideration.
Following the consultation, council passed a resolution to apply for the FCC AgriSpirit Fund in the amount of $25,000 to help develop infrastructure for youth in the community.

Road Ban
Council voted unanimously to put a road ban into effect for Railway Avenue in accordance with Municipal Bylaw 653.
Over the past two years, Big Valley has been placing a ban on this high traffic route in March.
The road ban is now in effect for the entire length of Railway Avenue at a maximum allowable weight of 90 per cent until further notice.

Linda Stillinger
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