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Clearview Council voted to suspend rules of procedure at their August 11 meeting to hear a special report on concerns about the intersection of Centre Line and County Road 9.

Acting Fire Chief Scott Davison told council that since June 27, Clearview Fire has responded to no fewer than eight accidents at the corner.

The intersection is the jurisdiction of Simcoe County but township staff have been instructed to work with counterparts at the county to see what can be done to improve safety. Dan Perreault, Deputy Director of Public

Works, says it appears the county is preparing to paint stop blocks on the pavement. Councillors asked Perreault to inquire about street lights or perhaps flashing beacons atop the stop signs. The township has already added “stop ahead” signs on Centre Line Road but further improvements are up to the county.

Council also heard a report from CAO John Ferguson about ATV enforcement. In the past year, there have been six infractions or complaints requiring a response from the bylaw department. These included driving over the end of someone’s driveway, driving on streets late at night and driving within township parks. A total of 20 complaints were forwarded to the OPP. Of those, only two resulted in charges being recommended.

Councillor Connie Leishman says the ATV users she encounters near her home are courteous and respectful – and not the boogeymen they were portrayed to be during a 2020 debate at council.

In commenting on the report, Councillor John Broderick, who endured heavy criticism for his support of allowing ATVs on township roads, said it appears ATVs are causing us less grief than automobiles.

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