Mission approves warning signs on major roads

More cautionary horse signs will be posted around Mission on major roads where riders are known to frequent.

Some of the streets include Keystone Avenue, Dewdney Trunk Road and Ferndale Avenue.

Each sign will cost about $200, and more funds will be needed for maintenance. The money will come out of the district’s contingency reserve and annual upkeep will be a tax item.

“As reluctant as I am to spend money, this is a safety issue,” said Coun. Jenny Stevens.

Signs are already on Stave Lake Road near the Horse Club, and district staff proposed an additional 22 signs, but councillors were concerned with the associated costs and decided smaller and dead-end streets could do without.

Signs should be placed on major roads only, suggested Coun. Paul Horn, who also directed staff to develop a sign placement policy.

Being close to a horse farm isn’t a good enough reason to have a sign, he added.

Coun. Heather Stewart also suggested safety guidelines should be set out for horse riders too.

Late last year Laurie Sherman, who boards horses near the Horse Club, asked council to consider installing signs to remind residents and motorists the Ferndale area is used by horses and riders.

When there are horses on the road, drivers need to slow down and give the horse and rider room on the road when possible.