Sub­di­vi­sion res­i­dents ap­peal for side­walk

Simcoe Reformer - - FRONT PAGE - MONTE SONNENBERG

Steps are be­ing taken to bring the Pine Ridge Es­tates sub­di­vi­sion in Port Dover into the fold.

Pine Ridge con­sists of nearly 130 homes on four streets on the east side of Cock­shutt Road north of Dover Mills Road.

Res­i­dents trav­el­ling into town on foot have to walk south on a gravel shoul­der along a busy high­way. The side­walk net­work in this part of Port Dover be­gins in the area of Ry­erse Cres­cent.

On Wednesday, Pine Ridge res­i­dent Wade Ma­clean asked Nor­folk coun­cil to in­stall a side­walk south on the Cock­shutt and west to­ward Prospect Street on Dover Mills Road.

“We feel cut off from our com­mu­nity,” Ma­clean said. “These con­cerns are shared by oth­ers who live in the area.”

Ma­clean added that a proper net­work of side­walks would tie in other sub­di­vi­sions in the area with the larger com­mu­nity.

“Port Dover is grow­ing,” he said. “That’s just the re­al­ity. Any new part of town should be con­nected to the ex­ist­ing town. We need a safe place to travel.”

Ma­clean spoke dur­ing coun­cil’s re­view of its 10- year cap­i­tal fore­cast. He re­ceived a sym­pa­thetic hear­ing.

Delhi Coun. Mike Colum­bus pointed out that the side­walks re­quested would be long and in ar­eas where there are no ad­join­ing prop­erty own­ers to clear snow and ice.

Chris Baird, Nor­folk’s gen­eral man­ager of pub­lic works, said he would rec­om­mend that the county as­sume this re­spon­si­bil­ity as a mat­ter of pub­lic safety.

“For con­nec­tiv­ity, this is long over­due,” Wind­ham Coun. Chris Van Paassen said. “We’re on the hook for this one no mat­ter how we look at it.”

Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin said there is strong sup­port in this part of town for a side­walk ex­ten­sion. Martin heard about it on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions while cam­paign­ing for the Oct. 22 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

Martin said many res­i­dents of Port Dover pre­fer to walk or cy­cle around town in sum­mer be­cause park­ing spa­ces in the core can be hard to find.

If Nor­folk County builds a side­walk, it will likely be con­fined to Cock­shutt Road.

There are plans to build a new sub­di­vi­sion on Dover Mills Road west of Cock­shutt Road. A side­walk con­nect­ing the Cock­shutt with Prospect Street, coun­cil was told, could be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the developer.

Coun­cil di­rected staff to pre­pare a re­port on con­nect­ing Pine Ridge Es­tates with the ur­ban area of Port Dover. The re­port will also es­ti­mate the cost of in­stalling street lights. Baird said the re­port should be ready around the end of March.

MONTE SONNENBERG / SIM­COE RE­FORMER

Wade Ma­clean, a res­i­dent of the Pine Ridge Es­tates sub­di­vi­sion in Port Dover, pe­ti­tioned Nor­folk coun­cil this week for side­walks that would con­nect the res­i­den­tial area on Cock­shutt Road with the ur­ban area of Port Dover.

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