Summit to look at transportation options

By Chad Ingram

Published Nov. 1 2016

The following are brief reports of items discussed by Haliburton County council during an Oct. 26 meeting.

The Haliburton Highlands transportation summit will take place at the Haliburton Legion on Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include detailed discussion on transportation options for rural communities. The cost is $25 which includes lunch although subsidies and transportation to the event are available. The deadline for registration is Nov. 7 by noon and those interested can go to to register or call 705-455-2665 or 1-844-771-7433.

Roads director Craig Douglas told councillors that renovations on the Howland Junction trestle bridge near Kinmount were nearly complete. Most of the bridge’s new deck had been laid down and Douglas said that a waterproof membrane beneath the deck will keep the rest of the bridge’s infrastructure from rotting as the deck which accommodates snowmobiles using the Haliburton County Rail Trail deteriorates over time. Since construction began in September it’s been determined that many of the bridge’s wooden stringers were rotted and have been replaced by steel ones. The project was budgeted at $250000.

Warden Carol Moffatt noted the county has received correspondence from a resident requesting that council consider the creation of a community swimming pool.
“That discussion has been held repeatedly at this table” Moffatt said. She noted that Minden Hills is currently undergoing a public input process on renovations to the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena and that county officials are watching that process.
For now she said the county really has no comment on the subject of a swimming pool.