Council Column – May



This year spring came in like a lamb and went out like a lion.  I want to thank everyone for their patience as the Public Works department worked around the clock to clear the roads with the two plows we own.  Now that the warmer weather seems to be arriving, the Millbrook Valley Trails will become much more passable and provide a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.  The trails work day is scheduled for May 5 with a rain date for May 12.  Volunteers are needed and appreciated.  All who wish to help are asked to meet at the Old Millbrook School at 9 a.m.

Recently, council voted to move ahead with building the community centre. I am looking forward to experiencing the many benefits this centre will bring to our community.

Kawartha Downs has not released race dates yet and does not intend to do so until the Ontario Lottery Gaming Association can give sustainable funding and allow more races.  Kawartha Down’s manager, Orazio Valente, is putting the pressure on the OLG and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal, to strike a better deal.  This is to secure a business model that would be successful for the long term and ultimately benefit the people in the racing industry.  The other option is to accept what is on the table and suffer a slow financial death at Kawartha Downs.

Now that the snow and ice are clearing Public Works will be doing road work for the following roads.

Slurry Seal will be completed on:

  • Carmel Line – 2.8 km
  • Syer Line – 470 m
  • Larmer Line – 1 km
  • Morton Line – 1.1 km
  • Plains Circle – 830 m
  • Hutchison Drive – 1.5 km
  • Carmel Crescent – 520 m

Hot Mix Asphalt will be completed on:

  • Whittington Drive
  • Hooten Drive
  • Hunter Street
  • Surface Treatment will be completed on:
  • Fallis Line
  • Valley Road
  • Larmer Line
  • Beardsmore Road
  • Skiview Drive
  • Scout Crescent
  • Maple Tree Crescent
  • Pine Tree Crescent
  • Hayes Line

Fallis Line continues to be closed to the public until May 21 for urbanization.

King Street West will be under construction until mid-June as the county replaces sidewalks and asphalt.

By Jordan Landry

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