Street protests

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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.”

AN­GELA BROWN PHO­TOS

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.

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