By Sueann Musick
Westville - Motorists travelling along Picken Street in Westville will now have signs telling them to slow down and watch for children playing in the area.
Deputy Mayor Lynn MacDonald made a motion Monday that signs be placed on both entrances to Picken Street because of the large number of children living on the narrow road and some residents have raised concerns about their safety.
“We can’t afford not to do this,” she said, adding there is a cluster of about seven to 10 children who live on the street.
Council agreed that safety is a concern, but some councilors said given such signage to one street could open the door for a floodgate of such requests.
“If we do that, there are countless streets in the town where this circumstance comes into play,” said Coun. Lennie White. We could put bold signage at the entry points to town that say, ‘We value our children’ or ‘Watch out for children playing’ rather than putting up specific street signage.”
We can’t afford not to do this. Lynn MacDonald
MacDonald said Westville Police Chief Don Hussher did warn her that too many signs could become ineffective because it could lead to “sign fatique”, but she felt that signs are needed to protect the children.
In the end, the motion was passed to have the signs placed along Picken Street, but Coun. White also requested that the town staff look at getting more signage up at the entry points of the town.