by Dave Preston
A million bucks for lights on Drought Hill was a little too much for council members to contemplate Tuesday. Instead, the municipality will ask the MInistry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) to come up with other ideas to help make vehicle travel on the hill safer.
Coun. Lindsay Bell came up with the idea of asking MOTI to install street lights on Drought Hill. MOTI told town staff earlier this month it could cost upwards of $1 million to do so and the entire bill would be payable by the District of Peachland.
“I was wondering with the New Monaco development up there if they would be required to put in lights,” Bell said at a committee meeting Tuesday.
New Monaco will be required to install lights, but only at a future intersection to the development property, said CAO Elsie Lemke.
“They need three lights on that highway,” said Coun. Vern Moberg, explaining the lights should be installed at each corner of the Drought Hill S-curves. “Three street lights put in can’t be $1 million.”
Coun. Peter Schierbeck said only having three lights would not be a good idea at night, because drivers would be travelling through multiple illuminated and dark areas.
Council agreed to ask MOTI to review accident statistics and come up with other solutions to improve safety on Drought Hill.