It was deja vu all over again at the Kincardine Committee of the Whole meeting.
It was feisty at times as the Public Works Committee brought forward a recommendation to leave the access gate policy as it has been for years.
Mayor Anne Eadie says the policy states the gate remains closed unless Highway 21 and Bruce County Road 23 (the B-Line) are closed due to winter weather.
But even then the access gate would be open only to emergency vehicles, including the employee bus to Bruce Power.
Councillor Bill Stewart, chair of the committee says many residents in the area wanted the gate to remain open to local traffic during the bad weather as well so they could use the roadway, otherwise, they're stuck within the gate until the weather clears.
Stewart says, "There's really no access for those local people to go north and south and I look at it as a safety issue," should there be medical emergencies.
Majority of councillors says if there's an emergency, then emergency vehicles have the right to go by the gates but residents should not be out on the roads when other roads are closed due to drifting and blowing snow.
Council voted to keep the policy they have now for the gated road.
Stewart said afterward perhaps a petition will be started by the residents who want the gate open so local traffic has access to Kincardine even in bad weather when all other roads are closed.
This issue dates back to 2007 and has shown up on the council agenda, several times since then.