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Donation bins, memorial signage, four-way stops on Monday council agenda

By Sara Carson, Orillia Packet & Times


The city is considering strict guidelines for donation-bin placement after charging a Mississauga charity for placing donation bins on city property.

Last year, 30 donation boxes were placed in Orillia — on private and public property — by the World Maha Hindu Organization of Canada (WMHO).

“As a result of two WMHO boxes placed on city property without consent, a charge was laid against the corporation...” Shawn Crawford, manager of legislative services, wrote in a report to council committee.

The organization — a registered charity since January 2003 — pleaded guilty in November and was fined $1,000.

The Municipal Act bylaw states people must apply to the city and receive permission to place bins for garbage or material recovery on city property.

At Monday’s council committee meeting, city politicians will discuss creating stricter bylaws to regulate donation bins on private and public property.

Violators could be fined $300.

“...There were concerns among residents as to the legitimacy of the charities erecting these boxes,” Crawford wrote.

The city researched WMHO to confirm its validity.


Memorial signage

The city is considering adding four memorial street signs in close proximity to the city’s high schools.

The signs would say “Please Drive Safely,” or “Be Safe — Buckle Up” and would include the name of a deceased person.

Sign requests must be submitted or endorsed in writing by an immediate family member.

The cost of creating, installing and removing a memorial sign and plaque is about $250. The city would bear the cost of the program, wrote Jack Green, Orillia’s manager of transportation.


Four-way stop

A four-way stop is not justified at the intersection of Nottawasaga and Patrick streets, a city staff say.

“A resident had concerns about collisions and the configuration of the intersection,” Deb Maeers, transportation technologist, wrote in a report to council committee.

Based on collisions and traffic/pedestrian volumes, an all-way stop is not justified, she said.

“Placing an all-way stop at this intersection may increase right-angle and rear-end-type collisions in the southbound direction especially in winter months due to road conditions and grade,” Maeers wrote.


Taxi service for disabled

Orillia politicians will discuss providing three fully accessible, on-demand taxi cabs to serve residents with disabilities.

The accessibility advisory committee is requesting it and the Orillia Police Services Board investigate the feasibility of providing the taxis.

Twitter: @Sara_VRoss

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