Rough roads, ‘com­plete dis­as­ter’

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

The Maxville Wa­ter Project has not come with­out grow­ing pains, as some res­i­dents of the Fifth of Kenyon will well at­test.

Bernie De­coste lives on the Fifth of Kenyon, though his farm is lo­cated south on the Fourth of Kenyon. Usu­ally, his com­mute con­sists of a quick drive down Auld MacMil­lan Road, but now that much of that road has been shut down, that route is im­pass­able.

Today, he has to drive down County Road 34 to drive to and from the farm. Although he ad­mits that only adds about five min­utes to his com­mute time, it has grown aw­fully tir­ing see­ing as how he makes that drive sev­eral times a day.

His son, Richard, who also lives on the Fifth of Kenyon, says that Auld MacMil­lan Road has been closed for at least two months.

“I thought they would have opened that road sooner,” he says. “It’s a com­plete dis­as­ter; a com­plete mess. We wouldn’t be able to get through there on a trac­tor.”

The De­costes’ Fifth of Kenyon neigh­bours, Don and Joanne Routhier, are even more vo­cif­er­ous. The cou­ple says that the Fifth of Kenyon has been ren­dered near un­us­able, even go­ing so far as to say that North Glen­garry Town­ship should have shut down the nearby con­struc­tion of the Alexan­dria-Maxvil­lle wa­ter line un­til the ground be­came more firm.

“These guys should have been shut down for the half-load sea­son…un­til the frost comes out of the ground,” Don Routhier told

The News at his prop­erty ear­lier this month. “The work should have been done later af­ter the rain has gone be­cause it’s mess­ing with the road.”

The town­ship ex­pe­ri­enced heavy rain in the late spring and the early fall; sec­tions of the Fifth of Kenyon turned into gi­ant mud pud­dles. “The driv­ing con­di­tions are not good,” says Joanne Routhier. “You never know if you’re go­ing to get stuck. How many times have we hit rock bot­tom?”

Mrs. Routhier, who says that it got so bad at one point that the mail de­liv­ery peo­ple didn’t even want to drive that route, says that it’s stress­ful even leav­ing the house.

“I don’t know if we’ll get stuck,” she says.

The two have reached out to sev­eral North Glen­garry coun­cil­lors and the town­ship’s CAO Sarah Huskin­son, but say their con­cerns have not yet been al­le­vi­ated.

For her part, Lochiel Ward Coun­cil­lor Brenda No­ble took a drive up that road ear­lier this month in her new car. “I get the con­cern,” she said shortly af­ter fin­ish­ing that drive. “Their con­cern is that the road won’t go back to the way it was be­fore the project started.”

Town­ship re­ply

The mat­ter came up at North Glen­garry’s Com­mit­tee of the Whole meet­ing on May 22, when Act­ing Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Dave Mal­colm tabled a re­port say­ing that cleanup along the wa­ter line has be­gun and that Ma­lyon – the con­trac­tor brought in to do the work and who is su­per­vised by the en­gi­neer­ing firm, EVB – is cur­rently at­tend­ing to Auld McMillan Road and the cross­ings along County Road 22.

“Once that work is com­plete, they will be­gin cleanup of ditches along the route, be­gin­ning at Maxville and work­ing east­ward, fol­lowed by re­pairs to lawns and drive­way en­trances.”

Mr. Mal­colm’s re­port did not go un­ques­tioned by coun­cil. Kenyon Ward Coun­cil­lor Jeff Man­ley noted that a sec­tion of Auld McMillan had been closed for two months and that the sit­u­a­tion has prompted a number of com­plaints from area res­i­dents. He asked when the road would be re-opened. Mr. Mal­colm was un­able to give a spe­cific date but promised to look into it.

Maxville Coun­cil­lor Jo­hanne Wensink also pushed town­ship staff as to when a pub­lic meet­ing would be held to dis­cuss the wa­ter project. Ms. Wensink was un­der the im­pres­sion that such a meet­ing would take place in May; the town­ship said staff would try for a meet­ing in June.

Mr. Mal­colm re­ported that the wa­ter project is on sched­ule and within bud­get. His re­port in­di­cates that work on the dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem, el­e­vated stor­age tank, and trans­mis­sion main are all at least 90 per cent com­plete. He added that EVB is now in the final de­sign phase of the wa­ter treat­ment plant up­grades and that the town­ship should be able to re­view that de­sign by midJuly.

PROGRESS: Work on the Auld MacMil­lan Road con­tin­ues.

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