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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Goderich Councillor Makes Case For Paves Beach-Front Boardwalk

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Matt Hoy says paved boardwalk offers more options, durability, efficiency for Canada's Prettiest Town.

A member of Goderich Council is pressing his case for the town to move away from wood as the material for an updated beach boardwalk.

Councillor Matt Hoy prefers a completely paved walkway along the town's three beaches.

An engineer's report has suggested that a combination of paving along high-traffic areas could be combined with pressure-treated timber elsewhere along the route.

Hoy made a presentation to Council Monday, saying ratepayers wouldn't be hit as hard financially if the new boardwalk were to be paved.

He adds that a timber boardwalk would have to be placed flush on the ground instead of slightly elevated, because of updated safety regulations.

Hoy says concrete, rubber or asphalt would last far longer, and would be cheaper.

He bases his argument on information contained in the town's waterfront strategic plan, that was adopted in 2015.

Hoy also supplied Council with photos of waterfront concrete walkways in Windsor and Port Stanley, that he says blend in with the surroundings.

At an earlier Council meeting, engineering firm B.M. Ross was authorized to prepare a tender for the new boardwalk.

The tender will be opened when Council next meets on October 7th.

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