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Council Briefs: Springbok crosswalk

Springbok crosswalk

 

The city will be conducting traffic counts on Springbok Road to determine if there’s a need for a crosswalk.

Coun. Larry Samson last month asked city staff to look into putting in a crosswalk in the 1050 block to connect the sidewalk with the bike path connector.

As part of the city’s sidewalk in-fill program, city hall has created pedestrian-friendly walkways but Samson says they don’t include safety measures.

“I think as part of the sidewalk in-fill program there is the necessity or the need to have safe crossings for our families and safe crossings for our children,” he said.

The city will go ahead with pedestrian and vehicle traffic counting to see if the area meets the criteria for a crosswalk.

 

Library talk

 

The city will talk with Vancouver Island Regional Library about developing a proposal for a new downtown library which will include potential costs and a timeline.

Campbell River is currently fourth on regional library’s priority list, or four or five years away from a new library, but that could change.

If the city is prepared to contribute property or participate in capital cost financing, the city could speed up the process and bump itself up, according to Ross Blackwell, city land use manager.

The city’s current library, built in 1970 with renovations in 1987 and 2003 is 9.68 square feet but should be 31,000 square feet based on the area it serves.

Regional library staff made a presentation to council in May and acknowledged that libraries across the Island are too old, overcrowded, and in some cases inaccessible.

Council identified the Campbell River library as a strategic priority at a council meeting Aug. 14 and directed staff to discuss a proposal with Vancouver Island Regional Library.

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