During election time, people running for election often make promises to the voters. Each candidate has their own area of concern, and is passionate about making Stratford a better place to live.
The candidate that will get my vote are those that will not just make promises regarding infrastructure improvements, housing and job creation, better transit, business development, but will most importantly listen to the concerns of citizens, and do everything in their power to address these concerns, and possibly bring about change.
Promise to make every citizen feel that you care about their concerns and that you’re there in city hall to be a voice for citizens.
The concern I have, and I’m sure a great many people have, is the heavy traffic through downtown. Tourist must just shake their heads in puzzlements why noisy and smelly trucks, some carrying livestock, are permitted to roar down the main street.
I have sat outside on the main street. It wasn’t pleasant listening and smelling the transport trucks. Forget about having a conversation with the people you’re sitting with.
Can city council not have trucks directed away from the downtown? If not, then why? How about looking at having no trucks downtown with more than eight wheels? What about a truck bypass using O’Loane, Lorne, Romeo, Douro/C.H. Meier?
Using these streets will allow trucks access to Hwy 7 and 8. The bypass for trucks travelling west to east at C.H. Meier is effective. Why not a bypass for trucks travelling west to east?
The argument that this will take trucks along the residential section (O’Loane) is not valid. Trucks presently drive along Huron and Ontario streets, where there exists a much higher population density, and the houses are much closer to the road. The other streets (O’Loane, Lorne, Romeo, Douro/C.H. Meier) are all in commercial/industrial areas.
Stratford relies heavily on tourism. Approving this bypass will not only make the tourist’s stay more pleasant, but the citizens of Stratford, especially along Huron and Ontario, will be saying that city council has done something that benefits the majority of people living Stratford.
If a candidate or candidates are willing to look into this concern, they will have my vote.