Re: Sicamous’ proposed roundabout.
When I saw the write-up in the Nov. 25 edition of the Eagle Valley News that indicated others were feeling the same way, I had to respond. Three-hundred thousand dollars for what I am going to call a centerpiece for our future roundabout is ridiculous.
In today’s economy, where families are struggling to make ends meet, people are getting laid off work and we are not too sure how the markets are going to react, do we really need to be spending that much?
There are so many community projects that need funding that, in this reader’s opinion, should have way more priority.
I agree with the Charleston’s concerns about this being a graffiti magnet and a distraction to drivers, and maybe a more appropriate theme to our community could be presented.
In Calgary they held a contest, a design ideas competition, to encourage a bridge design for St. Patrick’s Island, to be presented to the City of Calgary. The contest encouraged participation by local, national and international designers, and provided opportunities for innovative and creative ideas to be generated. It also provided an opportunity for public input to reaffirm community values and vision.
Could we not consider this for the roundabout design? Get individuals, organizations and the schools involved in a design competition? Maybe the greatest idea will surface from somewhere least expected.
I personally would like to see electric trees, maybe cherry blossoms that light up at night and can be changed to different colors depending on the occasion.
I strongly feel the district should take a step back and look at creative alternatives to this particular project!