Dysart drains washout budget

By Chad Ingram

Published July 25 2017

The following are brief reports of items discussed during a July 24 meeting of Dysart et al council.

Heavy rainfall this year has extinguished Dysart’s emergency road washout budget.

According to a staff report nearly $133000 of the $156000 allotment for the year had been spent and that was before a rain event on July 16. That storm left a number of washouts including on West Shore and Moose Lake roads and once those washouts are taken care of it will mean the washout budget has been drained.

“We already reallocated more this year” public works director Rob Camelon told councillors. “Hopefully we don’t have to do it again. We are only in July.”

Council voted to allocate approximately $100000 in resurfacing costs for Indian Point Road to the 2018 budget increasing the road washout emergency budget to approximately $256000.

Town docks repaired

The town docks on Head Lake have been repaired after breaking apart on Saturday July 8.

Parks staff temporarily secured the docks on that day and the docks have since been repaired.

“They’re starting to rot away on the inside” parks and recreation manager Andrew Wilbee told councillors.

“It could have been a real problem” said Deputy-reeve Andrea Roberts noting that a number of high-end boats were moored to the docks at the time.

Skate park contract awarded

Radius Contracting Inc. will construct the Haliburton Junction Skate Park after being awarded the contract for the job. The company which was one of two to respond to a request for proposals from the township  will submit a conceptual design to the skate park committee.

Fundraising for the project has been ongoing during the past couple of years and is continuing. Members of the committee will be set up in front of Napa Auto Parts on Saturday Aug. 5 to raise awareness and funds for the project. At the Haliburton Beer Store people can also donate the money from their bottle returns to the project.

Calico Road maintenance

A resident of Calico Road made a delegation to council requesting that the end of the road where he is about to build a home be maintained by the township and that the section of road is paved to match the rest of the street off County Road 21.

As for why a portion of the road is not up to the standard of the rest “a developer walked away and didn’t honour his commitments” said Reeve Murray Fearrey.

Fearrey said residents contributed to paving work for a portion of the road that was brought up to municipal standards through a local improvement agreement. He was unsure the previous owners of the property in question as well as the owners of three surrounding lots had contributed to that work.

If not Fearrey told the resident he and possibly his neighbours would be expected to make a contribution through a similar agreement.

“We’ll have to do a bit of research here” he said.