Brakes put on radar purchase

Enderby council has decided to defer possibly purchasing a speed reader sign because the price tag is $5,000.

Enderby council has decided to defer possibly purchasing a speed reader sign because the price tag is $5,000.

“We’d like to put it up but we referred it to next year’s budget discussions because we have a lot to do with drainage right now,” said Mayor Dee Wejr.

The concept of acquiring a digital sign that displays the speed of vehicles first arose because of a concern that posted speed limits are not being followed in some areas.

“It reminds everyone of the speed limit,” said Wejr.

“People don’t always realize how fast you’re going.”

Among the areas of concern have been around M.V. Beattie Elementary, near A.L. Fortune Secondary and Evergreen Avenue.

It’s possible the electronic board could be relocated to various neighbourhoods.

“It could work better than speed bumps,” said Wejr.

The $5,000 cost, including installation, was based on a radar sign in Armstrong.

“The board has a chip to record data and it can be programmed to display minimum and maximum speed and to have digits flash above a selected speed,” said Barry Gagnon, Enderby’s chief administrative officer, in a memo.

“The purchase price included three additional mounts so the board can be moved around the city. Unfortunately, the board in Armstrong was recently stolen so they are reviewing options for installation of a new one.”