OCT Ask the Councillor: speed humps on Courtland; leaf collection timing

leaf collection photoResident D.C. asks: As you are probably aware, there were 2 speed bumps installed on Courtland to help slow down the traffic. One of them was removed earlier this year to allow for repaving of the street between Drury Lane and Waterloo. Now all these months later after the paving has been completed,  the signs are still up denoting the fact that there is a speed bump there, but the actual speed bump itself,  has never been reinstalled. Any idea when this might be happening because with the young children now back in school, there is a tremendous amount of pedestrian traffic on school days? Also the speed bumps that are being installed in our area seem to be of different heights. Is there not some specific height specified for these bumps. For example the one on Courtland now is quite low and most vehicles can drive over it at almost full speed whereas the one on George St. forces you to slow down due to it being higher?

Response: The speed hump will be returned to Courtland in the spring of 2017, once the top layer of asphalt has been put down and the one-year warranty has passed. The speed hump design for all measures is 3 inches high. There may be slight variations in the height, but they are all very close.

Resident E.A. asks: Why did leaf collection begin on Oct. 24 when there were no leaves on the ground? The leaf collection dates, which were perfectly timed not so many years ago, have now been moved forward by a full 3 weeks.  I have an issue with tax dollars being spent on a useless leaf collection.

Response: The leaf collection  schedule is established well in advance and promoted city-wide to afford residents ample time to prepare for the annual program.  One factor critical to the success of the operation and something we don’t have control over is Mother Nature’s cooperation. Council’s approved service standard has been enhanced to include an extra week of collection, along  with an additional second pick-up in some collection districts. With the same heavy equipment being used for snow removal and leaf collection, the only means for staff to accommodate the second leaf pick-up was to advance the start date, rather than delay the program, as staff need the lead time after leaf collection to prepare for winter. Please note, not all leafing districts receive a second collection (Ward 2 does the week of Nov. 14). The City’s leafing program is further supplemented by the yard waste collection service provided by the Region.

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