Resolutions do come true


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March 1, 2016 9:43 AM

The Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce (COC) released its policy resolutions for 2016, so the Source decided to take a look at last year’s resolutions and how they made out.
The COC had a few main policies for 2015, one of which was a photo speed enforcement project for the Saskatchewan side of the city.
“Our policy did pass, it was one of the 2015 approved policies,” said Serena Sjodin, acting executive director for the COC.
“We have presented that policy to the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and it was approved on the provincial level, so the Saskatchewan chamber has been advocating on behalf of the policy.”
That doesn’t mean there will be photo enforcement on the east side of the city anytime soon, however, because the province is still running a two year pilot project in other jurisdictions like Regina and Saskatoon before it moves forward.
After the pilot projects are finished the province will make a decision on whether or not it wants to go province-wide.
Sjodin said this is an issue for the chamber because there is a policing shortage in Lloydminster and the police force would serve the community better by focussing on bigger issues outside of traffic crimes.
“If we have proper photo enforcement our officers can be used toward more serious issues,” said Sjodin.
Saskatchewan funding for Lloydminster’s RCMP was also on the policy list for 2015 after the province pulled their funding when the detachment moved to the Alberta side of the city.
The Saskatchewan side is home to roughly 30 per cent of Lloydminster’s population, but the RCMP are funded only by the city, the federal government, and the Alberta government.
Sjodin said the city has been working hard at getting Saskatchewan back on board, but their funding model for policing is different than their Alberta counterpart.
“Their government is focused on community safety and they provide a grant to support working on projects to reduce crime,” said Sjodin.
“The City of Lloydminster has applied for that targeted funding because we do have those programs as well.”
Some of the said programs Lloydminster has are the prolific offender program and the CompStat program, but Sjodin said so far they haven’t had any success at receiving the grant funding.
In a previous interview from 2015, chamber president John Winter — then vice president— said the Saskatchewan government was playing the “Border City card,” and that Lloydminster isn’t their responsibility.
Another item on 2015’s to-do list was coming up with a dangerous goods route for transports carrying dangerous goods through the city’s core.
Last year the city started work on a master transportation plan, which outlined proposed truck routes, but Sjodin said the proposed truck routes are still on highways 16 and 17 and would have the trucks going through highly populated areas of the city.
“The master transportation plan has not actually addressed those rerouting dangerous goods,” she said.
“That will be something we’ll be calling on the city for going forward.”
Sjodin said an idea the COC had would be to route the trucks on the roads that go around the city, but there would be some infrastructure work needed first.
There would need to be some turning lanes added on certain sections of the roads and the corners would need to be widened to accommodate transports.
There is still no timeline for when the dangerous goods route would be complete.

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