Construction project begins
WASAGA BEACH — The major River Road West reconstruction project has begun between Brillinger Drive and Veterans Way. The work includes widening the road, the installation of sidewalks on the north and south side, the addition of a dedicated turn- lane, as well as bike lanes. Other improvements include the installation of storm water drainage facilities, stormwater quality control structures, curbs and gutters. The $ 5.4- million investment is possible thanks to $ 1.36- million from the federal government’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, as well as $ 683,507 from the province, and the balance from the town. The municipal portion will come from a variety of sources, including taxation, reserves, and development charges. Primrose Contracting is the company retained to handle the project. The contractor will start work at the intersection of Veterans Way and River Road West, and once completed will move operations to Brillinger Drive and River Road West, moving eastward along River Road West towards Riverdale Drive. Lane closures or restrictions are expected to happen daily, resulting in traffic delays and congestion. Two lanes of traffic are expected to be maintained nightly and on weekends, if possible. Work will continue until winter weather causes the contractor to suspend activity until the spring of 2018. A weekly construction newsletter will be posted on the town website that will advise of all current and upcoming construction activities. The newsletter will highlight anticipated lane closures and restrictions to allow residents and businesses to plan accordingly. The overall project is expected to conclude in the fall of 2018.
Golf tourney raises $ 14K
WASAGA BEACH — The 10th annual Mayor’s Golf Tournament raised more than $ 14,000 for community organizations. A total of 172 golfers took part in the event, held at Marlwood Golf and Country Club on Friday, Aug. 25. “I want to thank everyone who supported this worthy event. Thanks to the generosity that was shown we are able to help three deserving groups,” Mayor Brian Smith said. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will be split between the Ministerial Food Bank, the Wasaga Beach Prime Time Club, and the Wasaga Beach Youth Centre. On behalf of tournament organizers, Mayor Smith extends a sincere thank you to everyone who made the day a success. This includes participants, prize contributors, sponsors, parks and facilities staff, Alex and Sandy Smardenka and staff at Marlwood, as well as Coun. Ron Ego, who served as fundraising auctioneer. The mayor also extends thanks to the Ontario Clean Water Agency for sponsoring the tournament lunch. And special recognition goes to event co- sponsors 97.7 The Beach and the Wasaga Beach Brewing Company. The winners of the day were: Bray, Cayra Deluna, Tai Deluna and Jasey Bonnette Smardenka, Chris Smardenka, Albert Melchior and Jason Edwards Sibbick, Michelle Pauze, Ryna McCue and Julie Scruton Tamara Smith, Pina Stillitano and Kareem Thomas Pin - Madelyn Fisher and Joe Belanger - Michelle Nikitin and Chad Ferguson Flynn