Hudson mulls increased lighting in public lot


PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO

The public parking lot in which a 74-year-old man died last December adjoins both a daycare centre and a seniors' facility.

Following the December 7 death of a senior citizen who slipped and fell in a Town of Hudson public lot, Mayor Jamie Nicholls said he’ll discuss the issue of installing more lighting with the town councillors. James Barrowcliffe, a 74-year-old resident of Manoir Cavagnal for the past 10 years, had left his room the night before to go to his car. At some point, he either slipped and fell or suffered a medical condition and was only found the following morning by an employee at a nearby daycare centre, deceased.

“I can’t unilaterally make a change,” Nicholls told The Journal. “It relies on the six members of council so I can’t make a pronouncement on something that hasn’t yet been discussed.”

Barrowcliffe’s sister, Carolyn Barrowcliffe, said her brother often parked in the lot as parking spots in the Manoir are limited and overnight parking on Main Road is not permitted.

“You’d think that they could come up with something for the few people at the seniors’ residence who have cars,” Barrowcliffe said. She expressed further frustration that no information related to her brother’s death will be released until the coroner’s office finishes their report, something she’s still waiting for six weeks after the death. “It’s really been hard not knowing.”

Barrowcliffe said if an autopsy was not performed, the coroner would have to rely solely on information gathered in the morning, when her brother was found.

Nicholls said it was premature to offer a cost estimate or a time frame within which any lighting improvements would be installed if council was to agree to the work but said the topic will be discussed in caucus.

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