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Hawk Lake bridge requires replacement

By Sue Tiffin
Published: Sept. 18 2017

The following are brief reports of items discussed during Sept. 12 meetings of advisory committees for Haliburton County.

The county hopes to access up to $1.7 million of top-up funds to help with structural repair on Hawk Lake bridge on County Road 13 through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund. Horseshoe Lake Bridge on Cty Road 20 also requires work.

“The two bridges are similar in that they are one-lane steel truss bridges both approaching 100 years of age” reads a report by Craig Douglas director of public works.

A structural evaluation suggested the Hawk Lake bridge be made a priority for replacement due to several reasons including that flood water levels rise close to the bottom of the bridge that larger vehicles can’t access the east side of the bridge and that replacement costs have not been budgeted.

The work could begin in the fall of 2018.

If the application for funding is not approved load restrictions are a strong possibility.

EMS meeting or exceeding response time targets

From Jan. 1 to June 30 1219 calls were attended to by the Haliburton County Paramedic Service with an average response time of 11 minutes and eight seconds as recorded by iMedic a data collection and call-tracking program.

The data shows a total of 56 calls in Algonquin Highlands with an average response time of 18 minutes and 48 seconds 674 calls in Dysart et al with an average response time of eight minutes and 54 seconds 245 calls in Minden Hills with an average response time of 10 minutes and 57 seconds and 96 calls in Highlands East with an average response time of 16 minutes and 58 seconds.

Help Hometown Hockey

Approximately 80 volunteers will be recruited by a local organizing committee helping to bring Rogers Hometown Hockey to Haliburton on Oct. 14 and 15. Organizers are looking for volunteers who are 16 and older to help with a wide variety of tasks.

The event will be hosted by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone and will include special guests before an outdoor viewing party of the live Boston Bruins versus the Vegas Golden Knights NHL game.

Haliburton is one of 24 communities across Canada selected to host the two-day hockey festival. Rogers will “Paint the Town Red” for the weekend with banners decorating selected locations in town.