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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Road Work Surprises Residents

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Residents voice anger over communication of road construction on Waterloo Street.

Planned road construction on Waterloo Street, between Market and Green Streets in Saugeen Shores, has drawn the ire of some local residents.

About a half dozen residents led by former Port Elgin councillor Kathy Cook says they're being left out of the loop.

Cook says the biggest issue was the lack of communication and notification of what was going to happen on Waterloo Street.

In her presentation she stated the first they heard of it was September 27th with construction slated to begin October 3rd.

Cook says there hasn't been a lot of thought put into the impact on properties, particularly between Market and Mill Streets.

She says with the planned widening of sidewalks, the street will come right up to private lot lines with no buffer which could hamper snow clearing in the winter.

She says huge trees will also have to be cut down.

Cook says they're not getting a fair shake and believe the residents on the west side of Waterloo are taking the hit while nothing happens to property on the east side.

She called for more input and council agreed.

Councillor Diane Huber says neighbourhoods are the very essence of any community and it's important that they are strong and look good.

Councillor Fred Schildroth called on council to send out letters of intent to affected residents in any road project sooner rather than later.

He said there's no reason why notices can't go out shortly after council has approved a capital works budget in the spring.

He says that way, it would allow staff to address any concerns with residents.

Staff will be meeting with the Waterloo Street residents before any further work is done.


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