Didn't know school site was there
| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 06:00 am
An open letter to Mayor and council members,
My name is Ryan Kushniruk and I have just moved my family to #4 Essex Close in this great town of St. Albert. After moving into our new house we learned of the possibility of a new school to be built in the Eldorado Park a stone’s throw from our place. This concerns my decision to move to this neighborhood. This area is already bombarded with heavy traffic and parking for the hospital and the soccer fields and I cannot imagine the amount of traffic that would be coming through if there is a school there.
The Erin Ridge Rd. and Erin Ridge Dr. intersection is one of the worst I've seen for volume ever as it sits now and with the amount of traffic it would be expected there would most likely have to be a set of lights installed to accommodate.
Another of my concerns is going to be the construction part of the whole situation. I myself am in the construction business, in particular the steel framing of buildings. Currently I am working on the structures in Inglewood Village on Inglewood Dr. and know the ignorance towards construction trades from the public. People speed by trucks pulling in and out of site with no concern for the safety of workers, themselves or the public.
I am no stranger to the traffic that will be in and out of this possible site, for example parking for workers on the job site, heavy equipment, dump trucks bringing in and removing dirt from site, loads of steel for the skeletal structure, steel studs for the interior walls, dust from masonry mixing grout for brick and block walls, concrete trucks and the pumper trucks for placing that concrete, noise, garbage and debris being blown around from trades on site, and the public mixed into all of this. If I have missed any it's because there are too many to remember.
This bothers me deeply since I and many others in the neighborhood have small children who play in and around this park and ride bikes on these sidewalks. The last thing anyone wants or needs is an injured or dead child due to them being children. They are very vulnerable and not always paying attention to the things going on around them. They could very easily get themselves into trouble. This site would have been a great idea 15 or 20 years ago when this area was under housing construction. Now this is a settled neighbourhood and no one in this area wants this whether they write you a letter or not. You would be able to know this if the meeting on Aug.19 was not at 3 p.m. when most people are at work. I can assure you I will leave work at 2:15 p.m. just so I can attend this council meeting personally.
Thank you for your time and if there is anything I missed it will be brought up Aug.19.
Ryan Kushniruk, St. Albert