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December 8, 2005

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Addington Highlands Council meeting

by Jeff Green

Andy Anderson appeared as a delegate to this week’s Council meeting, representing the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance (EOTA), a Tweed-based association that has established a network of multi-use trails that are popular with ATV-driving tourists. EOTA approached the township early in the summer seeking the use of some un-maintained township roads by ATV riders who are members of EOTA.

At the time, Reeve Ken Hook explained that Addington Highlands has approved the use of ATVs on roads that the townships maintains on a year-round basis, but since the township’s roads department does not patrol the un-maintained roads they can not ensure their safety, so ATVs are not permitted.

Cindy Cassidy, the Executive Director of the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance, said that their group would take care of maintenance and insurance on roads that they use. She explained that EOTA needed certain roads to connect trails on their established network.

Nothing has happened since then, and Andy Anderson wondered why.

Reeve Hook said that EOTA has not responded with information about which roads they want designated for use by their members.

“We’re wiling to work with your group,” Hook said, “but we need the details.”

Economic Development Strategic Plan – Addington Highlands has not been overlooked in the rash of Economic Development grants that have swept over Eastern Ontario in recent months. An $8,000 grant from the Prince Edward Lennox and Addington Community Futures Development Corporation is funding the development of an economic development strategy. The objective of the project is “to identify strategic opportunities and propose actions to seize, retain, and attract new investment, job creation and wealth generation in Addington Highlands.” A Request For Proposal has been prepared and a consultant will be hired to prepare the plan.

New Sand Facility (information submitted by AH Reeve Ken Hook)

The new salt/sand storage facility at the Northbrook Municipal Yard has now been completed. This has been a major project, which was funded over a two-year period. Total project cost was $225,000, which was totally funded by ratepayers.

The Northbrook facility is the first of two such structures the township will construct; the second will be built in Denbigh.

Council had some concerns over shrinkage cracking in the concrete foundation after hardening and sand was placed in the facility. These concerns have been dealt with through engineer inspections.

Vern Apars, P.Eng., reported on the cracking and stated “As concrete cures it hydrates and loses the water, which causes some shrinkage. An industry rule of thumb is a crack every 12 feet. None of these cracks will affect the structural integrity of the foundation”. As an additional measure, all shrinkage cracking has been grouted to prevent further infiltration.

Presently the facility has been filled with 4,500 tonnes of salt/sand for the 2005-06 season, and now that the salt/sand is covered, there will be a reduction in salt, saving the township approximately $3000 annually.

The township has adopted a new policy regarding the private use of sand. Ratepayers are welcome to take, free of charge, 1-2 pails of sand through the unlocked man door on the building when the municipal yard gate is open. Larger loads must be ordered and paid for at least 24 hours in advance by appointment with the township office (336-2286). The cost is $25/tonne, minimum pick-up 10 tonnes.