July 26, 2016 - 4:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - After presentations from opposing community associations about access and traffic safety, the Kamloops city council decided not to relocate access to the former Owl Road landfill in Valleyview.
The decision came at a council meeting today, July 25, after presentations from the Valleyview Community Association and Juniper Community Association brought up similar concerns about access to the Kamloops Recovery and Recycle Centre, formerly the Owl Road landfill.
Council approved the least expensive option, making alterations to the existing Owl Road and Valleyview Drive intersection to improve sight lines for safety.
The vote passed seven to two.
Coun. Donovan Cavers voted against the motion after his amendment for different alterations to the intersection was defeated. Mayor Peter Milobar also voted against it because he didn’t believe the intersection alteration was worth the expected $50,000.
The option was the cheapest according to consultants hired to study traffic in the area. A second option off of Highland Road on the way to Juniper Ridge was looked at. It was a more expensive option, with a new road essentially built to access the recycle centre costing more than $500,000. Safety concerns were also brought up with large work trucks on the only access into Juniper Ridge.
Valleyview association representatives also spoke about safety issues in their community. The group’s president Jim Freathie says he’s disappointed in the decision.
“We thought we had some pretty good options,” he says. “Sure they were more expensive but they seemed really legitimate.”
He says the association will continue to keep an eye on the intersection and traffic safety.
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