Since switching gears over the years, the path to safety along Kidston Road is now up for public input.
Work on a multi-use pathway is slated to get underway this summer to provide a safer route for children walking and riding to Kidston Elementary.
Residents get the opportunity to have their say on the plan Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the municipal office.
“It’s really to discuss the various options available to people to see how we can address the safety issues on Kidston Road,” said Coun. Maria Besso. “That road in particular is unsafe.”
The path has changed size, location and price over the years, but the latest plan is for a $569,800 path from the red gate entrance at Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, north to the Palfrey Drive bicycle path. It will start on the east side of Kidston Road (from the Palfrey pathway to 200 metres south) and transition over to the west.
Besso isn’t sure if this is the best option for the path, therefore is encouraging the public to attend the public meeting and give their input.
She suggests that if the path were a little smaller, perhaps it could remain on one side of the road, instead of forcing children to cross Kidston.
The project originated from a petition from parents urging for safety improvements back in 2007.
Plans were drawn up, but received opposition from residents who didn’t want a path in their backyard.
“Maybe those owners would be OK if it wasn’t so wide.”
Efforts are underway to remove unsightly additions from Kalamalka Lake.
Coldstream has, for several years, been trying to figure out how to force a pile driver off the lake.
“The neighbours have complained a lot in the past,” said Coun. Maria Besso.
Since the pile driver is technically in the water, it’s jurisdictional boundary questions surfaced over whether Coldstream could force the machine (which is generally used in dock construction) off the lake.
“We’ve been given the legal opinion to go ahead,” confirms Besso.
Coldstream is establishing a public places bylaw which would not permit the pile driver and is exploring enforcement action against the owner (under an unsightly premises bylaw).
A number of amendments to existing water use bylaws are also being made in Coldstream, including one to prohibit moorage in front of publicly owned lands and one to restrict dock features such as aircraft parking, multi-berth docks, sun decks and temporary roof structures.