Photo: Cindy White
Steve Forman points to the cliffs along Stockley Street.
Residents of Black Mountain have not been pleased with the response to health and safety concerns in the city of Kelowna about plans to remove a portion of the rock wall across from their home with a large jackhammer.
Nicola Sinclair and her husband, Steve Forman, hope the city will consider other options to solve the visibility problem with access roads for the new housing development along Stockley Street.
Last week, she contacted Castanet about the noise that could result from plans to use a large jackhammer to cut the slope of the cliff to improve visibility for vehicles turning left from the access road. I raised a safety concern.
Sinclair noted that the work could last nearly a month and the decibel level could exceed 130 decibels.
The couple also expressed concern about the dangers of heavy equipment working on unstable cliffs.
“I was told that safety is WorkSafe BC’s responsibility, but I understand that WorkSafe BC is about the safety of construction workers on construction sites and not the health and safety of people who live nearby. said Sinclair in an email to Castanet. “In fact, no one seems to be responsible for the safety of residents. City representatives have been adamant that resident safety is not the city’s responsibility.”
A meeting was held on Tuesday between residents, drilling companies, the city, engineering consultants and Melcoa. Sinclair said he unfortunately had no WorkSafe BC representative and only about six residents were present as the meeting was held in the early afternoon and many people were at work. .
“To be honest, it wasn’t a big surprise that a representative was there to show that they ‘listened’ to the concerns of residents, but I think there is no way to actually listen or mitigate those concerns.” The drilling company said it would measure noise levels and experiment with noise-reduction techniques, but independent verification of those measurements was not intended. Otherwise, you have to rely on the honesty and transparency of the companies that need to do the work. ” Sinclair.
She and Forman asked the city to consider lowering the speed limit on Stockley Street from 50 km/h to 30 km/h.
They were disappointed with the response she received from city representatives who argued that posting speed limit signs would not slow down traffic. , told them the city could not change the speed limit on the road.
Residents of Black Mountain say they can’t understand why lower speed limits aren’t being seriously considered as an alternative.
“Of course, if we, the residents, knew about this work and knew that lowering the speed limit to 30 km/h was a viable alternative, we would certainly have proposed changing the speed limit. said Sinclair.
The couple said they only learned about the work a few days before it first started.
Sinclair adds that it is disappointing that city officials, who are outsourcing the work to contractors, seem so stuck in their position that they aren’t considering alternatives.
She told Castanet that fences have begun to be installed to close off one lane of Stockley Road and excavation work could begin on Thursday.