Last night saw a turnout of about 65 people who come out to see what the final design charette looks like and how it can be used to preserve the rural feel of Cobble Hill.
While some folks were upset about the cost of the project and how it was funded, I felt that we came to an understanding on a couple of key points with this:
1. I understand that some people feel there wasn’t enough consultation. I heard that at the budget meetings, through email and at this meeting. That is why I want to have these meetings. I want to ensure more people feel part of the process. I feel as a group we can come up with better solutions together.
2. The horse has left the gate. Many people commented that they are happy with the final product so let’s work together to make cost effective solutions to creating a safe village core.
People talked with their table mates during the round table discussions and brought up good points about moving forward:
1. Walking safety is a high priority
2. Tax payers don’t want to pay for business frontage improvements
3. Work with ministry of transportation (MoTi) on a truck route to stop big trucks through village
4. How can we fund the sidewalks/paths?
On the last question of how we can fund these walkways, I have seen the park volunteers make some amazing gravel paths that are compacted crush gravel. These allow strollers, walkers and bikes on them. They are cheap to fix and maintain.
The next steps in getting paths in the village will be to meet with MoTi to learn of their standards they would like to put in place.
Copies of the charette can be found here: