BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff Sixty-four per cent of South Glengarry’s bridges and culverts were rated as being in “excellent” or “good” condition in a 2018 bridge inspection report released by engineering firm McIntosh Perry earlier this year.
The condition summary segment of the report states that the company conducted visual inspections of 61 structures and found 33 of those to be in “good” shape, and six to be “excellent.”
McIntosh Perry defines good as having “defects that would not normally trigger any remedial action since overall performance is not affected,” while excellent applies to any structure with “no visible deterioration” and not requiring “remedial action.”
A total of 13 structures were rated fair, six were good to fair, two were fair to poor and one was poor.
Fair applies to any structure having “defects (that) may trigger a maintenance type of remedial action.”
Poor describes a bridge or culvert with “defects that would normally trigger rehabilitation or replacement if the extent and location affect the overall performance” of the respective structure.
The report also states that the township should plan on budgeting an estimated $5.8 million over the next 10 years in its capital works program to address rehabilitation, reconstruction and structural evaluation/detailed deck condition survey work – notably, $737,000 in 2025 and $716,000 in 2027. All figures are in 2017 dollars. A similar McIntosh Perry report in 2013 stated that the township would require “in excess of $6 million over the next decade to maintain its existing structures” over that period.
A 17-page version of the 2018 bridge inspection report was included in the agenda for a South Glengarry regular council meeting in May, although it did not identify any of the inspected bridges or culverts.
However, the excerpted version pointed out that the municipality has addressed a number of its prominent infrastructure projects since the previous edition of the study was published five years earlier.
Among those completed were the replacement of a 70-year-old open footing culvert on the Little 5th Road in 2014; the replacement of two pipe arch culverts, on Fallow Field (built in 1960) and First Line (constructed in 1970) roads, respectively, in 2013; and rehabilitation of the Kraft Road Bridge (built in 1962) in 2016.
South Glengarry council is breaking with tradition, opting to hold an additional regular meeting in the month of December.
Given the hectic nature of the Christmas season, council typically meets only once in the final month of the year.
And in an election year like 2018, the lone December council session is held solely for the purpose of inaugurating the new council.
Regular council business is not dealt with during such meetings.
“As a result, we are in a position where there will be two months between the second meeting in November and the first meeting in January,” township clerk Kelli Campeau explained at the most recent regular meeting October 1.
“That's why administration is recommending that a second meeting be scheduled for December 17.”
The originally-scheduled council inauguration meeting will be held on December 3.
November 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. visit the Museum to find that the Christmas Elves have created lovely goods to gift and give for your holiday season (hostess gifts, home décor, small stocking stuffers, etc.) Much was made is from reclaimed materials and lends to a nice rustic style.