• James Armstrong

Hudson’s Valleys residents want speed bumps following accident

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Residents from Hudson’s Valleys presented a petition to Hudson Town Council lead by 8-yearold resident Benjamin Van Voonis.

The recent tragic accident on Cambridge Street in Hudson’s Valleys in which two joggers were struck by a speeding car prompted residents from that area to petition Hudson Town Council at the Monday July 6 meeting to install speed bumps in their neighborhood. During the first question period 8-year-old Hudson’s Valleys resident Benjamin Van Voornis stepped up to the microphone to voice his concerns.

“We want to petition council to put in speed bumps to make it safe for children and adults,” he said. Van Voornis made his presentation with the help of his mother, Donna McDougall and the support of a group of neighbors who deposited a signed petition with Mayor Ed Prévost. During his opening remarks, the mayor said everyone was saddened by the accident and that a block box had been installed to measure vehicle speed at various times of the day.

Director General Duncan Campbell reported preliminary analysis showed a fair number of cars on that street over a three-week period and that speeds were normal for the area and concerning the accident, the real issue was the state of the driver. He noted that it is an area designated for ongoing spot checks by the Sûreté du Québec (SQ). McDougall thanked Council for their prompt response to the situation saying disregard for stop signs in the area, particularly on Cambridge, is an issue. She advocated the installation of speed bumps as a traffic-calming measure.

Another resident said the speed limit study could have been affected by residents posting signs along the roadside imploring drivers to respect stop signs. The mayor responded to the petition for speed bumps saying council would review the situation after consulting with the SQ before making a decision. The assembled residents from Hudson’s Valleys offered to purchase the speed bumps and store them during the winter months. The DG said there are other methods of slowing traffic and that there are public security issues associated with the installation of speed bumps.

Campbell said a decision on the issue would be made within a month. Potable water and its availability was also an issue raised Monday evening. Council officially deposited the report from Amec Foster Wheeler on the town’s water supply. “We need to verify if there are leaks in the system,” said Prévost, “and identify where new wells need to be built.”

Copies of the report were available at the meeting and can be found at www.hudson.quebec. com. Concerns were raised whether or not a total watering ban will happen. The mayor said that was not immediately necessary but could change. “The quality of water is not in question,” said Councillor Deborah Woodhead, “but failure of one of the wells could cause catastrophe.” Campbell said without adequate potable water resources, development of the town cannot move forward.

The report recommended the short-term solution of finding and repairing leaks in the system. Councillor Ron Goldenberg reported on proposed change to the business taxes in Hudson. As of January 2016, the business tax will be levied on the landlords rather than the tenants. According to Goldenberg, although there are concerns about the changes, the new system will make it easier for the town to evaluate and collect the tax. On a similar note, Councillor Nicole Durand emphasized that fees for the Société de Développement Commercial (SDC) Hudson are obligatory, not optional, and must be paid.

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