No­table progress: Ian McLeod

The Glengarry News - - The Classified­s - News

BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON

Staff Count Ian McLeod among the East­ern On­tario may­ors who have a re­newed sense of op­ti­mism af­ter meet­ing with the prov­ince’s trans­porta­tion min­is­ter about prob­lems on provin­cial high­ways.

Mr. McLeod, the mayor of South Glen­garry and War­den of the United Coun­ties of SDG, met with Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter John Yak­abuski on the week­end to dis­cuss is­sues fac­ing his mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

And al­though some of the other area may­ors who met with the min­is­ter spoke mostly about widen­ing the 401 to three lanes, Mr. McLeod had some other is­sues he wanted to bring to the min­is­ter’s at­ten­tion.

One of them was his long­stand­ing griev­ance about ve­hi­cles us­ing Glen­garry’s roads when they’re de­toured off the 401 due to an emer­gency. He says that causes a lot of dam­age to the lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture – es­pe­cially trucks – and that mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties like his need to be com­pen­sated for it.

He also sug­gested that trucks shouldn’t be al­lowed to de­tour onto South Glen­garry’s roads and that, if there is an emer­gency on the 401 that ne­ces­si­tates clos­ing the high­way, that trucks should be re­quired to wait un­til the high­way re-opens.

The mayor main­tains that trucks make up a big part of the to­tal traf­fic and that they are in­volved in more and more col­li­sions.

“Twenty years ago, you never heard of a truck be­ing in­volved in an ac­ci­dent on the 401,” he says. “Now you never hear of an ac­ci­dent there with­out a truck.”

He also asked the min­is­ter for more com­pen­sa­tion for the town­ship’s fire depart­ment and first re­spon­ders who re­spond to emer­gen­cies on the 401. He says the min­istry only pays for about 40 per cent of the calls the town­ship makes to the 401 – usu­ally when there’s a fire that needs ex­tin­guish­ing or an ex­trac­tion that’s re­quired.

Fi­nally, he asked that pass­ing lanes be added onto High­way 138.

“There’s a fair bit of traf­fic there and a lot of ac­ci­dents,” he said.

Mr. McLeod was happy with the meet­ing, say­ing that Mr. Yak­abuski was much more ac­com­mo­dat­ing than his Lib­eral pre­de­ces­sors and took a lot of notes dur­ing the dis­cus­sion.

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