BY ANGELA BROWN
Staff The Silver Spike Committee will know within the next two months whether a section of County Road 18 in Martintown will be replaced.
In presenting a lengthy petition to Stormont- DundasGlengarry United Counties Council, the group was told a road report to be completed by October or November will include a recommendation about whether or not the project ought to start after council has reviewed the 2017 budget in January.
South Glengarry, which is responsible for the sidewalks, said it will consider replacing them if SDG proceeds with road reconstruction. The municipality had deferred the work in case North Glengarry is successful in getting funding for its proposed regional water system that would pipe water from Cornwall to Maxville.
“We have discussed that area as one of the projects at the Counties level. It was basically deferred because there was no use doing the work and then redigging it up if the water project were to go ahead, and reconstructing the street for the water main,” said South Glengarry Mayor Ian McLeod.
SDG transportation and planning director Benjamin de Haan said the Counties “were trying to get a better handle on what the status is” on the water project.
Silver Spike Committee chair Murray Hamilton, who submitted a petition with 391 signatures, said he had more than 500 signatures by last Tuesday night from people who want to see a 400-metre section of road and sidewalk, west from the bridge on County Road 18 in Martintown – from the bridge heading west up to 100 metres west of Nine Mile Road –replaced because it is in extremely poor condition. The committee also has strong support for its Facebook page.
During his presentation, he also showed pictures of cracks on the road and sidewalks, as well as staged protest signs on residents’ property deploring the unsafe state of the route.
Mr. Hamilton said work must be carried out so the road meets Ontario Provincial Standard Specifications, adding the job is “way past its due.”
He added there is a significant height difference from where the road ends and the sidewalk starts. Several pedestrians have fallen on the sidewalk; one person sprained an ankle. Counties Warden and North Glengarry Deputy Mayor Jamie MacDonald observed: “The road is pretty bad. I know we have been holding off, just like we have in Maxville, in hopes of regional water because you don’t want to dig up the road twice, but that doesn’t seem imminent on the horizon. We’ll have to wait for a recommendation. ( Counties’) Roads Dept. present their budget in January, so by January we’ll know pretty much where we are going.”
DAMAGE DONE: Martintown resident and Silver Spike Committee chair Murray Hamilton surveys a severely cracked sidewalk just west of the bridge in Martintown.(Above) A ground-level movement.