City drive-thrus targeted

City drive-thrus targeted

Posted By NATHAN TAYLOR, THE PACKET AND TIMES

Could the city’s green-bin program be extended to parks and special events?

It’s up for discussion at tonight’s council committee meeting.

A waste audit conducted by staff shows a significant amount of compostable organics coming from special events and at the city’s recreational facilities and parks.

A staff report makes the following recommendations:

* Initiate green bin collection at all Orillia recreational facilities, and require any food vendors operating out of these buildings to use this program.

* Strongly encourage or require special events holders to divert compostable organics from Orillia special events.

* It is not recommended that permanent receptacles be installed for collecting compostable organics in area parks unless Parks staff can closely monitor potential contamination with garbage.

There would be minimal financial impact, the report states.

DRIVE-THRU TRAFFIC

It might take new regulations to address concerns with traffic at restaurant drive-thrus in the city, a report states.

Last year, council requested a report providing solutions to issues with traffic remaining partially on the street while waiting to enter a drive-thru, particularly at the Tim Hortons at West Street and Fittons Road.

Staff looked into the possibility of relocating the drive-thru to another part of the store, but it’s a costly option that would likely require internal redesign.

"This solution would certainly be costly and, if proposed, would quite possibly rouse the ire of the store owner," the report states. "From a practical standpoint, reconfiguration of drivethrus at existing locations is not a feasible option and in some cases is not possible or would provide little benefit."

Another option — though not recommended by staff — is signage, such as "Be prepared to stop" signs.

"In the West Street North (Tim Hortons) situation, warning signs would need to be placed south of Fittons Road to be effective and would be warning motorists to be prepared to stop as they approach a traffic signal," the report states.

The city could consider new regulations when it updates its zoning bylaw, but new regulations "cannot render existing uses illegal."

NEW ROAD FOR OPP

When the OPP builds its new regional command centre, it will require direct access to Highway 12.

The city, then, is being asked to adopt a public road.

There’s a list of conditions, including support from the Ministry of Transportation and the Ontario Realty Corporation, maintenance of the road over 30 years, and that the OPP cover the costs associated with construction, servicing and maintenance.

ntaylor

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