I’ve recently heard from several sources that plans are in the works to upgrade the crosswalk at 97A near Parksville Street, to include a traffic light for safety purposes there.
If this is the case, such a light could also be a very cost-effective way to improve safety at the Main Street “octopus corner.” How? By simply rigging the new light to turn red for 20 to 30 seconds every time the existing light stops traffic travelling the Trans-Canada, to create a gap in traffic in both directions on 97A at the same time.
And speaking of cost-effective safety concerns, I have heard some suggestions that our community, and the surrounding area, would be better served, receive more federal and provincial funding, and efficiently open up more full-time jobs if the local fire department and the Eagle Valley Rescue Society were combined into one agency.
Now, I do not know how both organizations currently have things worked out between them, but I do realize that, due to the fact they both share the same facility (and resources in some cases), as well as the fact some of the members of one are also members of the other, which makes it possible for such suggestions to be a valid point.