In baseball, a .333 batting average is pretty darn good.
In city politics, not so much.
This week, Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi Coun. Jennifer Rice introduced three motions that could affect the planned $1.085-billion Capital Line LRT extension south from Century Park to Heritage Valley North, a planned station that would sit just north of Ellerslie Road.
Only one of them passed. Her motion that calls on administration to examine the options when it comes to separating the tracks from Ellerslie Road was greenlighted by her fellow councillors.
But two of her asks went down in flames. She wanted the City to consider deferring the planned Twin Brooks station, and to build a concrete wall that would insulate that neighbourhood from the sound of the trains. Only Tim Cartmell and Karen Principe joined Rice in supporting those motions.
It was a rebuke of the populism that Rice had been trumpeting in council.
“I have listened to my constituents who have overwhelmingly told me they want the LRT extension built right,” she said.
Twin Brooks residents felt that they had been promised the wall, but administration told council that it was a miscommunication. What administration claimed is that the City would do what it could to see if a concrete sound barrier could be built, but later found out a gas utility line would need to be relocated, and that would affect up to 100 homes in the neighbouring Blue Quill community.
And, in a recent survey of Twin Brooks residents, more than 1,000 — representing almost 60 per cent of those who answered — wrote in that they did not want the station built in their community.