Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Fire the bums and send them off to do roadwork

The people have spoken. Nominations for Ontario's Worst Roads survey are now closed and London has placed third in the worst munipical roads category. Pot holes, cracks and route obstructions, resulting from roadwork that never ends, that provides no relief for London residents, are part of the daily burden we Londoners must endure, along with the forever descending fog.

First Place: Ottawa - 882 votes
Second Place: Toronto - 693
Third Place: London - 436

Considering the population of Ottawa and Toronto is significantly larger than that of London's, the London Fog presents the City of London Ontario with an honorary first place award for worst munipical roads. Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco and Roger Caranci are expected to cut the ribbon at the official demolition ceremony if they can tear themselves away from the very important task of renaming a road currently practically named. Want a job for a year or so that requires very little for inflated compensation? Apply for a city Task Force position. Free meals included.
Airport Road step closer to new name

With a lineup of decorated veterans standing before them last night, city council broke protocol to rush through a resolution to speed up the process to rename a major city road Veterans Memorial Parkway.

After a week of public criticism over how long it has taken to rename Airport Road, council jumped at the first opportunity to set a public meeting that's a prerequisite to changing a road's name.

"I wonder if you might move the motion while the vets are here," Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco said to Coun. Roger Caranci after council began its meeting by honouring the community role played by London area branches of the Royal Canadian Legion.

It was Caranci -- along with councillors Bernie MacDonald, Fred Tranquilli, Cheryl Miller and Controller Bud Polhill -- who a year ago suggested the name change to honour veterans.

[..] The criticism intensified last week after city staff proposed a quicker way to get a new name that would have the road designated, but not renamed.

So there was a sense of urgency last night as council set a public meeting for Dec. 12, the quickest it could be done while still following regulations on public notice.

"I'm hoping we can have it renamed by the end of the year," Caranci said after the meeting.

"Whatever we do we have to do it in the best interests of veterans. It's a great way to honour them," he said.

It took nearly a year for the proposed name change as a city-appointed task force reviewed ways to honour veterans.

"I would have liked it to come forward sooner, but we had to let the task force perform due diligence," Caranci said.

1 Comment:

Ian Scott said...

Due dilligence in renaming a road. That is freakin' hillarious!