In a town with so many toboggan hills, council is dealing with safety concerns by designating three spots for the winter sport. The issue resurfaced from last winter when the town posted signs on hills considered unsafe.
The designated safe hills are the north hill at Meadowridge Park, the north hill at Kin Park and the south hill at the Day Nursery. Council also approved a budget of $10,000 to create permanent signs at those locations, install permanent fencing along Thomas Street to deter tobogganing and to create a staging area at the top of Kin Park.
Coun. Marg Luna asked community services director David St. Louis what measures would be taken to stop sledding on banned hills.
He said that "the town will discourage tobogganing on unsafe hills," including temporary snow fencing, or permanent fencing if necessary. Acknowledging that there is a liability issue for the town, Coun. Edney asked if there were any standards around acceptability to insurance companies. St. Louis didn't know of any, but suggested that the town's insurance company had viewed the designated hills and was satisfied.