We are in for a wild ride
Why are our roads not plowed properly this year? I have never seen them so bad! The ruts take your car for a wild ride, sometimes even ending up on the wrong side of the street! Pay more taxes and get less service, is that how it works now? Got to save the money for affordable housing, the youth centre and more high-paying jobs? The election cannot come soon enough!
Don’t just plow, remove it
While the City of Brandon appears to have some talent when it comes to snow clearing — well, if it snows on weekdays, anyhow — it fails miserably when it comes to snow removal. The piles of snow left on the boulevards make it impossible for passengers in vehicles to exit. So, as typical Brandonites don’t want to walk a few extra feet, the drivers park almost in the middle of the road instead of stopping at a clearing such as a driveway and then driving ahead and parking close to the snow pile. McDonald Avenue is a good example of this. You’re not going to change drivers’ habits, but the city can make things safer for all motorists by removing the snow pushed onto sidewalks and boulevards.
The job is being done
I would just like to point out to city council and the citizens of Brandon that the community service job that was kept in the budget talks for 2014 has been vacant since May 2013. There have been community service programmers doing the jobs of this position. So why do they need to fill this position and why do they need to pay so much?
Affordable housing specialist? What a joke.
I just saw in the Sun that our city council approved a new “housing specialist” position in the 2014 budget “to tackle affordable housing.” But just what kind of “specialist” do the bright lights at the council table think the city will be able to hire for a one-year term position paying just $48,555? It’s just more of throwing our money down the drain. Either we need a trained, experienced person who can hit the ground running in a full-time job or we don’t need the person at all. This half-measure stinks.
Let it snow, but make it go
Just as we hear of a child who was killed after a pile of snow fell on him in Winnipeg, we are dealing with our own dangerous snow situations here. The piles of snow around intersections in some parts of the city are very dangerous for older people driving as they tend to slow down and almost stop until they can see around them. This is dangerous for them as well as other drivers who aren’t expecting the car in front to stop. Those same snow piles are also dangerous for schoolchildren trying to see traffic. And they are also climbed on very often by the youngsters right beside busy roads.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 21, 2014