Kostiuk taking stand on traffic safety

Lon-time resident Brian Kostiuk running for Cranbrook City Council

Brian Kostiuk has entered into the race for city council.

The long-time resident who has lived in Cranbrook for 52 years, has made it official after deciding to take a stand on on traffic safety issues.

“The last few years, I’ve worked on safety issues of intersections, cross walks, etc, with the city of Cranbrook in trying to make it a safer city for our drivers and pedestrians,” Kostiuk said.

Kostiuk says his concerns with some traffic safety issues around Cranbrook have been backed up by a traffic study report completed by McElhanney, a professional engineering firm.

“I’ve found that there has been a bureaucratic culture that allows for not getting things done,” Kostiuk said. “…[It’s] a well-done, excellent report and specific areas of concern the engineer made and confirms what I and others have been trying to achieve to make a safer city.”

According to city figures, there are 1,000 accidents a year, says Kostiuk

“And these cost us dearly for our insurance rates and liability to the city if they’re not in compliance with the sightline bylaw guidelines,” Kostiuk said.

In addition, Kostiuk wants to create a friendlier environment for businesses and citizens.

“We [ need to] get a positive program to fix our roads and make an acceptable tax base for business and citizens by creating an environment for them to want to move to Cranbrook and to start new businesses,” he said.

Over the course of his life in Cranbrook, Kostiuk has worked in construction and management, and owned a number of small businesses, such as IE Kostuik and Trikon precast products.

Trikon was started in the early 1970s and today is a concrete manufacturing business that is still in the family and carried on by his son and grandsons.

His construction and management experience includes working with septic systems, city sewer and water line replacements and subdivisions.

He also has 30 years of mining and exploration under his belt, mostly in the Fort Steele mining division, and served as the managing director of the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines from 2005-2011.

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