The Pas Town Council carried the variation application for 702 and 728 Gordon Avenue at Wednesday night’s council meeting. The Application was submitted by True Blue Developments owner Michael O Rourke to have a drive thru for a Tim Horton’s Express at Michaels Corner Store. Mayor Jim Scott told CJAR that the variation application also allowed for a number of objects to be located where they were at the business and where they potentially could be.
Although the application was carried, Deputy Mayor Brian Roque and Margret Commodore voted against the variation out of concern for the safety of children. Commodore felt that having a drive thru would increase traffic and put the safety of children at risk because the business is not far from Opasquia Elementary School and Ecole Opasquia. A couple of citizens present at the meeting were concerned about children’s safety as well.
Mayor Jim Scott voted in favour of the variation saying that O Rourke has helped to provide jobs in the community and young children would not be at risk of traffic because they are often driven to school by their parents.