Few village residents concerned about safety issues

Monique Chiasson
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BIBLE HILL - A few voices are better than no voices.
The Village of Bible Hill's safety committee recently sent safety surveys to 2,400 addresses within the village. Only 12 responses came back from the public, stating issues they deem as safety concerns.
"It's not disheartening," said village commissioner Michelle Sharbell as to the minimal feedback. "It's 12 more than we had before. I'd like to see more people aware and get involved though."
Some of the issues mentioned in the survey responses included needing to fix curbs damaged by snowplows last winter, a lack of sidewalk on the south side of College Road and speeding on Ryland Avenue. Also mentioned was the buildup of garbage and parking concerns at the Bible Hill Cemetery and high traffic volumes at the intersection of College Road and Main Street by Cavanaughs and on Pictou Road.
Sharbell said she's not
surprised these issues were
"They have been there on an ongoing basis ... one is not more important than the other," Sharbell said.
"It would be lovely to get all (issues) fixed to people's standards but we have to put them in priority and discuss how they fit in the budget."
Sharbell said the issue will be further discussed at a village commission meeting in January.


Geographic location: Village of Bible Hill, Ryland Avenue, Pictou Road

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  • Susan
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I would like to correct you Scott, if I may? The surveys were sent out by the Safety Advisory Committee for the Village of Bible Hill, not by the Village Commission. These surveys were included and were part of The Action on Hill news letter that is sent quarterly to each home in Bilble Hill. There were no additional costs associated with this survey.

    Susan Thompson-Mahar
    Safety Advisory Committee
    Village of Bible Hill

  • Scott
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Wow 2400 surveys sent out!!! At what cost?? It does not seem to matter here in BibleHill they are sending and borrowing money like druken soldiers!! Could they not have held a public meeting or called and did a survey, another example of the Village leaders wasting our money!!

  • Sam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Given the reasonably low cost of direct mail, this would appear a cost effective way for the village to reach out to it's residents. Renting space / taking space away from a revenue generating event would most certainly be more costly than the direct mail route.

    Also, by utilizing direct mail it allows the village to track respondents in an effective manner. That said, given they only got four responses it wouldn't have been hard to track them any way you did it.

    What I would hope is that given the poor response rate the village will access if doing such surveys in the future is worth it - no matter how they are done.

    The way I look at it if people were given the opportunity to voice their opinions about safety issues and said nothing, when things go wrong I don't want to hear their voices complaining then.

    Kind of sad don't you think?