Road ac­cess

Coun­cil set to ap­prove road and park­ing lot for north­ern half of Dufresne Is­land

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - LOCAL NEWS - KATH­LEEN CHARLEBOIS KCharlebois@post­media.com

City coun­cil is poised to ap­prove a road and a park­ing lot that has been on the books for al­most two decades.

A re­port to the com­mit­tee of the whole at the Tuesday, July 11 meet­ing rec­om­mended that coun­cil give sup­port to the con­struc­tion of a north side ac­cess road and a park­ing lot on the north side of Dufresne Is­land. The is­land is north­west of the city cen­tre and is crossed by the high­way by­pass.

“It looks now that we could be mov­ing forward on putting a park­ing lot there, so at least peo­ple can get off the high­way and be a lit­tle bit safer to get to their cottages on the north side,” said Kenora mayor Dave Can­field.

Back in 2000, north side res­i­dents ap­proached the city of Kenora and the On­tario Min­istry of Trans- por­ta­tion (MTO) and re­quested that an ac­cess road be built across from Beryl Win­der Road, which ser­vices the south side of the is­land.

“There was ob­vi­ously a chance to have at least a park­ing lot or some­thing on the other side, some ac­cess, but it was held up by MTO over the years,” Can­field said.

A piece of land for the pro­posed park­ing lot was do­nated to the City of Kenora in 2011 and a traf­fic study was done in re­la­tion to the project. Five years later in 2016, the MTO pro­vided their agree­ment for the re­quested ap­proach road and a park­ing area for 24 ve­hi­cles.

In Fe­bru­ary of this year, ac­cord­ing to the re­port to the com­mit­tee, city staff held a meet­ing with Dufresne Is­land res­i­dents to dis­cuss the project and gauge in­ter­est, as so much time had passed since the re­quest was orig­i­nally brought forward.

The cost of the project is es­ti­mated to be in the $300,000-$350,000 range and the city would not be look­ing to in­cur the as­so­ci­ated costs. The cost to each prop­erty owner would be in the $15,000 range. With that in mind, the “vast ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents” said they want to pur­sue the project ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion in the re­port.

An amount of $100,000 in a re­serve set aside for Dufresne Is­land may also be used to fund the project. Based on res­i­dents’ com­ments, city staff said in the re­port that a fee was col­lected from each lot owner when the north side of the is­land was de­vel­oped, al­though they have no way to con­firm this.

“There ap­pears to be no doc­u­men­ta­tion on what the in­tended pur­pose of this fee/re­serve was,” the re­port to com­mit­tee said.

KATH­LEEN CHARLEBOIS/ DAILY MINER AND NEWS

Kenora mayor Dave Can­field said coun­cil will move forward on a project that would build an ac­cess road and a park­ing lot on the north side of Dufresne Is­land at the com­mit­tee of the whole meet­ing on Tuesday, July 11. The item has been on the books since 2000.

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