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Village Council Briefs:
Parking crackdown

Andrew Raven
Northern News Services

Fort Simpson (Mar 11/05) - Several councillors said Monday evening the village needs to crack down on illegal parking along main street.

The area in front of the recreation centre is currently a no-parking zone, but the regulations are rarely enforced, said several councillors.

They suggested the village bylaw officer start ticketing residents who park their car in front of the arena doors. The area was designated a no parking zone several years to allow an ambulance access in the event of an emergency.

Council voted down a bylaw Monday that would have restricted parking in front of the arena and post office to 30 minutes.

They plan to examine the parking issue later this year during a committee meeting.

Snowy roads

The condition of roads in Wild Rose Acres was a hot topic Monday as several councillors complained that driving in the area was treacherous after a snowfall last week.

"It's terrible," said councillor Norm Prevost. "You slide everywhere."

Senior administrative officer Bernice Swanson said mayor Ray Michaud had discussed the possibility of scaling back snow clearing in the area as a cost-cutting measure.

Several councillors said decisions on changes to the snow-removal schedule should be brought before council and not left to village administration. Swanson said the issue would be examined.

Working at the car wash

Village officials met with representatives of the Northern store last week to discuss a proposal by the town's biggest retailer to build a gas station and, potentially, a car wash next to its main street location.

The details of the plan will be presented to council March 21.