Clear­ing a path

City to re­move snow from board­walk from Ship­yard west to end of MacKen­zie Drive

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY NANCY MACPHEE

The City of Sum­mer­side will clear both the wooden and paved sec­tions of the west-end board­walk, from Ship­yard Mar­ket to the end of MacKen­zie Drive, through­out the win­ter.

Coun­cil made the de­ci­sion last month af­ter the com­mit­tee of coun­cil rec­om­mended the mu­nic­i­pal works depart­ment con­tin­ues clear­ing snow on that sec­tion of board­walk.

The is­sue of win­ter use of that sec­tion of the board­walk and whether the city should con­tinue clear­ing that por­tion of the trail re­sulted in one of the largest turnouts of res­i­dents at a pub­lic meet­ing held by the cur­rent coun­cil, some­thing Sum­mer­side Mayor Bill Martin was pleased to see.

“I like it when we have mem­bers of the pub­lic who want to en­lighten us on their views and want to share their views,” said Martin.

“We rep­re­sent you guys. It both­ers me when we have pub­lic meet­ings of coun­cil and there is no­body there.”

The ma­jor­ity of the 30 peo­ple who at­tended the Novem­ber meet­ing wanted at least a por­tion of the wa­ter­front path­way cleared so it could be used for walk­ing year round.

It was some­thing the mayor said coun­cil lis­tened to when mak­ing its de­ci­sion.

It costs an es­ti­mated $19,400 to clear and salt that sec­tion of board­walk in win­ter, with an­nual costs to re­pair win­ter dam­age to the board­walk at $25,000.

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