The IPCA met with the NCC to discuss issues related to the street. Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper and a representative from MP Paul Dewar’s office also attended.
The NCC noted it has, in recent years, worked with the IPCA to implement traffic calming, most notably the traffic lights at Iona, and removal of Carling Avenue sweeper lanes.
The efforts are much appreciated, as is the NCC’s new openness to meet with us, but the results of these activities have not alleviated traffic, curtailed use of the parkway by commercial vehicles, nor reduced speeding, aggressive driving, and collision rates.
Counts reveal that over 500 commercial vehicles use Island Park daily as a thoroughfare despite commercial vehicle restrictions. The RCMP have conducted blitzes, but note they do not have resources to do much more.
Installing lights at Clearview Avenue was also discussed. A meeting will be held in early July between Councillor Leiper and the NCC to determine what can be done to improve sight lines for pedestrians, cyclists and legally-turning drivers in the short term until funding is available to implement traffic lights.
The covenants—the legal documents that specify what can and cannot be done with IPD— expire in 2019. The Association asked for copies of the documents and invited the NCC to a public meeting to provide residents an overview of the covenants and provide insight on the implications of their expiry.
The IPCA requested a copy of the NCC’s maintenance standards for contractors tending to the green spaces and for snow clearance. The goal is to provide residents with info to help assess whether standards are being met.
The NCC has agreed to meet with us quarterly to determine how to more systematically address issues that impact quality of life on IPD.