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Community Safety Awareness Night - Crime Prevention

posted Nov 10, 2012, 7:17 AM by Kendrick Wong   [ updated Feb 17, 2013, 8:37 AM by Kendrick Wong ]

Community Safety Night is being hosted by our neighbours from the RFRA (Rouge Fairways Residents' Association)

Event Date: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Boxwood Public School, Gym - 30 Boxwood Cres., Markham, ON

York Region Police will be on site to present an information session on safety and how to better protect our homes, family and our community.

Did you know within the last 6 months, in the communities of Rouge Fairways, Legacy and Box Grove there were 132 incidents that required the police to be called out for investigation. How Safe are We? Come and find out. Everyone is invited to attend.

Legacy Summer 2011 Road Resurfacing

posted Nov 10, 2012, 7:17 AM by Kendrick Wong   [ updated Nov 10, 2012, 7:17 AM by Kendrick Wong ]

By now you have surely noticed the road resurfacing on the main thoroughfares within Legacy. We spoke with a representative from the Town of Markham\'s Road Maintenance department to get more information. In response to questions and concerns sent to us by Legacy residents, and to satisfy our own curiosity, we learned the following: 

The resurfacing treatment within Legacy is complete for 2011. Only the highly traveled routes within Legacy were treated, as they are subject to the most use. 

Our roads were selected based on their high use (850+ homes sharing three main streets in and out of Legacy) and that they are about 10 years old. 

This treatment is designed to be applied to roads before they show major physical damage and become candidates for full re-paving. The light resurfacing can extend the useful life of the asphalt by 7 to 10 years, at a cost that is significantly less than complete re-pavement. 

The treatment is designed to improve traction and skid resistance for vehicular traffic. This unfortunately creates a rougher ride for bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, etc. We were advised that a year of "seasoning", including winter snow removal, will dislodge some of the stones and make for a slightly smoother and less noisy ride. 

There is never a good time for actual application of the treatment. Several residents complained about inadequate notification, and were inconvenienced by being trapped in their driveways while the treatment set (which takes 20-30 minutes on a sunny day). The town does its best to provide advance notification: 
- Informational flyers are distributed door to door the day before.A sample can be viewed by following this link
- As a matter of practice, the road crew maintenance workers are discouraged from engaging residents directly. Rather, the town provides an on-site representative and York Regional Police to assist with controlling traffic and speaking with residents during the treatment. 
- The town representatives do not have bandwidth to provide same-day notification (door-knocking, etc). 

Please email us at info@legacynet.ca if you have further questions. You can also address the town directly by emailing customerservice@markham.ca.

Baseball Diamond Parking Petition Now Ready to Go to Town of Markham

posted Nov 10, 2012, 7:16 AM by Kendrick Wong   [ updated Nov 10, 2012, 7:16 AM by Kendrick Wong ]

Parking cars on both sides of Rouge Bank and Legacy Drives is a hazard. Buses have been forced to alter their routes in order to avoid collisions with parked vehicles. Cars regularly have to back up to let another car through. Can you imagine an ambulance or fire truck having to negotiate the baseball parking mess?

Residents on both streets and throughout Legacy are fed up with the recurring problem of baseball parking. 

Markham officials requested that residents living opposite to Legacy Park sign a petition endorsing a motion to Town Council to have parking at Legacy Drive and Rouge Bank Drive restricted to the Legacy Park side of the road only. The petition has now been prepared and will be forwarded to the Town of Markham for its consideration.

Why the park side? Past experience in other neighbourhoods has shown that enforcement of a no-parking zone on the park side is not feasible. People coming to use the fields will park in the closest available location and are thus reluctant to cross the street. The field side parking is the longest continuous stretch of street parking available to accommodate the most cars. By-law enforcement officers can’t attend every event and experience has shown that the greatest success is with field side parking only. The only side of the road on which the Town is prepared to consider a no-parking zone is the side on which homes are located, and even this will require substantial support from the residents who live directly along the affected portions of the streets in issue.

All-Way Stops Receive FINAL Approval

posted Nov 10, 2012, 7:16 AM by Kendrick Wong   [ updated Nov 10, 2012, 7:16 AM by Kendrick Wong ]

At its September 26 meeting, Markham Council completed the final legal requirements to approve additional all-way stops at the following intersections in the Legacy community:

Rouge Bank/Russell Jarvis/Cottontail; 
Russell Jarvis/Legacy/Juneberry; 
Legacy/Lady Fern; and, 
Rouge Bank/Silverflower. 

Council also approved hiring of a school crossing guard for the intersection at Rouge Bank/Russell Jarvis/Cottontail.

These changes should be in place within weeks.

All-Way Stops Meet with First Step of Approval

posted Nov 10, 2012, 7:15 AM by Kendrick Wong   [ updated Nov 10, 2012, 7:15 AM by Kendrick Wong ]

As follow-up to the deferral of this issue at last week’s Council meeting, Town staff presented a report on traffic studies conducted at the intersections identified at the request of Legacy residents through the Legacy Community Ratepayers’ Association. On September 18, Staff recommended and the General Committee of Council accepted that the intersection of Rouge Bank/Russell Jarvis/Cottontail should be an all-way stop intersection. Staff also recommended and General Committee accepted that a school crossing guard should be provided at this intersection.

In addition, Councillors present agreed that three additional intersections should become all-way stop intersections for the safety of pedestrians walking to and from Legacy Public School and the Rouge River Community Centre. Approved were the intersections at Russell Jarvis/Legacy/Juneberry; Legacy/Lady Fern; and, Rouge Bank/Silverflower. Councillors expressed their awareness that the request from Legacy residents is largely a matter of trying to regulate other Legacy residents to enhance the safety of pedestrians, particularly school children, who walk to and from popular community amenities.

Not approved for all-way stop signage was the intersection at Russell Jarvis/Rouge Bank (northwest).

This matter will now come before Council for final consideration at its meeting on Tuesday, September 26 to be held at 7 pm. Legacy residents are encouraged to attend in the Council Chamber at the Markham Civic Centre, 100 Town Centre Boulevard (turn right off of Hwy 7 one light west of Warden). Show up and express your concern for pedestrian safety in Legacy.

Click here for a map and to get directions on how to find the Markham Civic Centre

 Click here for the report sent to Council



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Posted on: Sept. 13, 2006

What happened at Markham Council Sept 12?

Thank you to those residents who attended the 7 pm Council meeting.

For procedural reasons, the request for additional all-way stops in Legacy was placed on the agenda of the Council Committee of the Whole meeting which started at 5 pm. The Mayor and Councillors in attendance allowed Don Hutchinson to make a full presentation concerning the all-way stops, including a video presentation of each intersection showing the pedestrian’s eye view on the way to and from school. Principal Paul Carew also spoke briefly noting the safety concerns expressed to him by parents and that student enrolment is over 480 students with roughly 125 of them being in Kindergarten.

As a result of the initial request, Town staff began conducting traffic studies of the identified five intersections this week. Arup Mukherjee, Manager of Transportation for the Town, indicated that the data from those studies would be available for the Council General Committee meeting scheduled for 9:30 am on Monday, September 18. A motion was made, and passed, deferring this matter to the September 18 meeting which is open to the public. The meeting will be held at the Markham Civic Centre, 100 Town Centre Blvd. (turn right at the first light west of Warden on Hwy 7, and right again at the first light).

Letter to Council Members re: Additional All-Way Stop Intersections

posted Nov 10, 2012, 7:14 AM by Kendrick Wong   [ updated Nov 10, 2012, 7:14 AM by Kendrick Wong ]

Sent by email May 29, 2006 
To: J. Heath, J. Jones, B. O’Donnell 
Cc: F. Scarpitti, J. Webster 

Legacy Additional All-Way Stop Intersections

Thank you for the support you expressed for additional all-way stop intersections in Legacy at the AGM of the Legacy Community Ratepayers’ Association on May 7, 2006. Below is a summary of the issue. 

Legacy Public School will be opening in September 2006. Legacy residents will not be eligible for busing to school under YRDSB guidelines. In order to access sidewalks and walk safely to the school site, students are required to cross a number of intersections that do not require traffic to stop routinely to accommodate crossing. The LCRA has requested all-way stops for four intersections as a safety matter for children and parents expected to walk to Legacy Public School. 

As a convenience, a map showing the school site and intersections is attached. 

1. The intersection at Rouge Bank Drive and Russell Jarvis Drive/Cottontail Avenue currently has stop signs only for northbound and southbound vehicles. This is a primary intersection for 120 homes to cross to and from the school site. We request additional stop signs for eastbound and westbound traffic. 

2. The intersection at Legacy Drive/Juneberry Avenue and Russell Jarvis Drive currently has stop signs only for northbound and southbound vehicles. This is a primary intersection for 110 homes to cross to and from the school site. We request additional stop signs for eastbound and westbound traffic. 

3. The intersection at Rouge Bank and Russell Jarvis Drives (northwest) currently has stop signs only for northbound and southbound vehicles. This is a primary intersection for 110 homes to cross to and from the school site. We request additional stop signs for eastbound and westbound traffic. 

4. The intersection at Lady Fern and Legacy Drives currently has a stop sign only for eastbound and vehicles. This is a primary intersection for over 400 homes to cross to and from the school site. We request additional stop signs for northbound and southbound traffic. 

5. Additionally, with the increased use of the Rouge River Community Centre – particularly during the summer months with the pool and golf course both operating – we request additional stop signs for eastbound and westbound traffic at the intersection of Rouge Bank Drive and Silverflower Avenue where there is currently only a stop sign for southbound traffic. 

As reviewed at the AGM, we have pursued this issue previously with Town staff and have been advised that provincial warrants are not being met that would support the new signs. The issue is not an application of indicators used by many municipalities in the province of Ontario. The issue is the unique need of a new neighbourhood in Markham that has its own unique design features requiring additional traffic stop signs. We believe the lack of these all-way stop intersections to be an original design flaw that needs to be corrected for the safety of residents, particularly children walking to and from school on a daily basis and to and from the swimming pool during the summer months. 

Numerous accidents have occurred at these locations. As the school opens and the frequency with which our children will be walking these routes increases it is important that we take proactive measures to protect them.

Thank you for following this up with attention to the needs of Legacy residents. 

Don Hutchinson 
Traffic and Safety Sub-Committee Chair

Al Pickard 
President 
Legacy Community Ratepayers’ Association

Do Something about Aggressive Driving

posted Nov 10, 2012, 7:12 AM by Kendrick Wong   [ updated Nov 10, 2012, 7:13 AM by Kendrick Wong ]

Markham is now a participant in the Road Watch program. Road Watch gives you the opportunity to report dangerous and aggressive drivers to the police. Road Watch Citizen Report forms are available at the local library, police station or Town Hall. You can also report online at www.markham.ca or on our website.

When a Citizen Report is filed for the 1st time, a letter is sent to the plate owner. If a second report is received, another letter is sent with follow-up by a police officer. Subsequent reports will result in another letter, personal visit from a police officer and, depending on the circumstances, charges will be considered and/or the vehicle monitored by police to determine if further action is required.

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