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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman wants City staff to bring forward a report on the timing and programming of pedestrian-controlled crosswalk signals in the Energetic City to look at the possibility of having the pedestrian walk symbol be displayed by default as a way to increase comfort for pedestrians during the winter months.

Mayor Ackerman provided notice of the notion at a council meeting late last month, suggesting that having the “walk” symbol displayed by default when a traffic light turns green would reduce the likelihood that pedestrians would have to stand waiting on a street corner during cold or windy days during the winter months. The City’s General Manager of Integrated Services Victor Shopland explained that having the pedestrian symbol be displayed by default would impact the timing of intersections due to the longer time needed for pedestrians to cross a road.

Councillors also brought up the ramifications for intersections with advanced left turn signals. Shopland also mentioned after being asked by Councillor Byron Stewart that the City will be installing its first crosswalk tweeter at the intersection of 96th St. and 100th Ave. later this year.

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Council voted in favour of having the City provide the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation with a letter of support in their application to NDIT for a $10,000 BC Hydro GO Fund grant. The Hospital Foundation plans to use the grant to buy specialty mattresses, cushions for wheelchairs, and air chairs for seniors at Peace Villa.

The City will also be communicating to the Peace River Regional District that it intends to participate in implementing the Everbridge Mass Communications software for a $500/year subscription fee. The system is the same being considered by the District of Taylor, though that community’s council did not vote in favour of subscribing.

Mayor Ackerman was also authorized to attend and speak at the Canada Gas & LNG Conference and Exhibition, which is taking place in Vancouver May 14th – 16th.

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