SCUGOG: Following a petition and appearance by residents of a Nestleton neighbourhood, Scugog Council will consider repairs to another local road in the upcoming 2014 municipal budget process, a request that raised the possibility of municipal debentures to fund such projects.
Residents of St. Christopher’s Beach Rd. appeared before council on Monday evening (Nov. 18), requesting the township to consider repairing the road in the coming year. Councillors later moved to refer the repairs to be considered in planning next year’s municipal budget, which will get underway next month. According to one resident, the road’s condition often results in vehicles getting stuck in mud and damage to cars, while residents looking to jog or bike cannot do so in their neighbourhood and must drive out to Regional Rd. 57.
"Our frustration is that for the most part we have a cottage access road that doesn’t meet township bylaw standards," said St. Christopher’s Beach Rd. resident Andre Lauzon, speaking on behalf of the neighbourhood. "The area is residential and occupied by year-round residents who don’t have proper access to Regional Rd. 57…. We’re not asking for curbs, sewers and water, just a properly constructed road."
According to Mr. Lauzon, the regular grading of the road (which he said has taken place four times since Oct. 1) has not solved the problem, requesting a reconstruction of the road instead.
Responding to council inquiries, Public Works Director Ian Roger said that the worst stretch of St. Christopher’s Beach Rd. near Colwell Circle rates 71 out of 230 on the township’s roads needs list, and would cost approximately $250,000 to reconstruct. Two other stretches of the road rate 172 and 203 on the list.
While no specific funding method was discussed at this week’s meeting for the possible reconstruction, Councillors Larry Corrigan and Howard Danson floated the possibility of a debenture to fund such projects, in light of the township’s recent repayment of its outstanding debts.
"The township is very small and has a very small budget we have to work with – and there’s no guarantee this will be in budget next year," said Councillor Danson. "I think we’re at the point now that we have to look at maybe imposing some sort of debenture system on our roads budget, to chew a little bit off each year."