Youth raise walkway concerns at Dr. Kearney, North Peace Secondary

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Youth Advisory Council paid a visit to City Council yesterday to discuss the issue of lacking crosswalks and sidewalks at Dr. Kearney Middle School.

YAC presented a hand-drawn map to show where a suggested sidewalk on 90 street and 107 avenue would be beneficial, as many people seem to cross there.

In a 20 minute period, they counted 56 people who crossed the street.

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Credit: Youth Advisory Committee
Credit: Youth Advisory Committee

The other concern is regarding sidewalks. One is in the works to be placed at 107A avenue, and 88 street to 90 street, and another is being considered for the 2017 budget to cover the portion on 107 avenue in front of Dr. Kearney.

The City typically puts sidewalks on the South side of an avenue, as the sun will melt any snow.

Mayor Lori Ackerman said she appreciates presentations from youth before Council, informing the City of how they view Fort St. John. “Sometimes, as adults, we get into our vehicle or we even go for a walk — and we view the world a little bit differently. So, we very much appreciate you bringing this to us.”

Later, Council discussed another area of sidewalk concern. Sierra Grange, a grade 11 student at North Peace Secondary School, shared her wish to see more sidewalks west of the school in a letter to Councillor Trevor Bolin, outlining the need for sidewalks along the Toboggan Hill Park on 93 avenue, and sidewalks near the Pomeroy Sports Centre, and the Curling Rink.

“I feel as though some of the sidewalks need to be fixed, or some need to be added,” her letter writes. “There are a lot of sidewalks in Fort St. John that are in good condition, but I do know that there are places that could use a sidewalk.”

Credit: City of Fort St. John
Credit: City of Fort St. John

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Councillor Bolin said he feels she makes some valid points, especially along 93 avenue. He recommended that staff respond to the letter and let her know the City is examining these issues.

Two out of three of these sidewalk recommended run along 93 avenue, which is being assessed for resurfacing currently.

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