A number of concerned Leaside residents — 50, to be exact — have, with support from Ward 26 Councillor Jon Burnside, convinced the city to install new all-way stop signs at the intersection of Millwood and Randolph roads.
Bolstered by a petition signed by 50 nearby residents, Burnside asked North York Community Council to approve the signs at a community council meeting on Sept. 8.
“I lived in the area for a number of years,” Burnside said. “I know how speeds along Millwood can start creeping up because of that sweeping turn you have coming from the arena.”
Located northwest of the Leaside Memorial Arena at 1073 Millwood Rd., the intersection posed a danger to both elderly residents from the nearby Nine Twenty One Millwood retirement home and to parents and children walking to and from Rolph Road Elementary School, Burnside said.
Both parties had asked Burnside to request the signs earlier this year, which he did, but the proposal was refused by the city’s transportation department.
“I think we can all agree there are stop signs in certain areas that are questionable,” Burnside said. “So I think the knee-jerk reaction is no more stop signs, unless you can really prove that necessity.”
Fortunately the petition, suggested by Burnside and mainly gathered by Rolph Road parent Lorraine Tinsley, did the trick.
The date of installation for the new stop signs is unknown.