SCUGOG: Residents of Scugog Township can look forward to having many more of their sidewalks repaired and replaced during the next four years, at a possible cost in excess of $283,000. In order to combat rising insurance costs, the township has also decided to remove some heavily damaged sections of sidewalk from seven streets.
On December 16, Scugog council saw to a report from the Public Works and Parks Department regarding the inspection of sidewalks around the township. This inspection, the first of its kind in five years, aims to bring Scugog up to Provincial Minimum Safety Standards, which it has fallen short of recently. This project will consume the majority of the $100,000 2014 sidewalk maintenance budget, and the budgets of years to come.
While 112 locations in the township were deemed a tripping hazard, these have already been repaired with a concrete grinder, at an approximate cost of $3,000.
However, much work still lies ahead, with over 1,000 metres of sidewalk from five major streets being replaced, with a price tag of $160,000.
The streets identified in the report are Greenbank Ave., North St., Jeffery St., Perry St., and Reach St. from Old Simcoe Rd. to Simcoe St.
Scugog residents will be saying goodbye to seven sections of sidewalk in the downtown core of Port Perry, as 744 metres of sidewalk will be removed from Caleb, Bay, Cochrane, Major, Sexton, and Shanly Streets. These sections of sidewalk have been deemed so damaged that the only option is to remove the sidewalk and replace it with sod, at an estimated cost of $40,000.
The sections of sidewalk are not being replaced due to the existence of a sidewalk on the other side of the road, and a replacement cost of over $200,000.
The staff report asked that 493 sidewalk stones be removed and reconstructed, an effort estimated to cost over $120,000.
Township staff hope to have all sidewalk deficiencies dealt with within the next four years, and plan to delegate the next four year’s maintenance budgets to these issues.