Main street bridge to undergo reconstruction
By Chad Ingram
Published Dec. 28, 2017
The following are brief reports of items discussed during a Dec. 14 meeting of Minden Hills council.
Council approved a sole-source contract to Tulloch Engineering for approximately $75,000 for engineering and consulting for the rehabilitation of the Sunnybrook Bridge, which is the formal name of the bridge along Bobcaygeon Road spanning the Gull River in Minden’s downtown.
It is hoped the construction project will be able to improve the bridge’s problematic sight lines.
Road superintendent Travis Wilson told council the project would likely entail either closing the entire bridge for a six-month period, or closing one lane at a time, over the span of a year.
Pass on electronic attendance
Minden Hills councillors will not act on a clause of Bill 68, the province’s Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, that would allow municipal councillors to attend council meetings by electronic means, such as Skype. Electronic participation, however, would not count toward quorum.
“There are 100 things that could go wrong,” said Mayor Brent Devolin.
“The value is not there,” said Councillor Pam Sayne.
The act also allows councils to adopt new criteria for entering closed session. Councillors are scheduled to discuss that provision in January.
Fire hall project on schedule
Despite an incident where collapsed trusses caused a worker to fall from the roof of the new Minden Hills fire hall along Highway 35, interim fire chief Mike Bekking told councillors the project should still be completed on schedule for March.
That incident occurred on Nov. 21 and it was expected it could delay the project by a number of weeks.
“The project remains on schedule,” Bekking told councillors.
According to a report from Bekking, “All safety precautions, personal protective equipment and training certifications required to be in place during this work were in place, and continue to be in place as the project moves forward.
Ec Dev working group
Council appointed a number of residents to a working group, which will provide input on the township’s creation of an economic development strategic plan. The township has attained the services of consulting firm Amer and Associates to develop the plan.
Appointed to the committee, with backgrounds in various sectors including agriculture, real estate, construction, retail and the food industry, are Tanya Boisvert, Molly McInerney, Shannon Blanchard, John Thomas, Lorne Buckingham and Ken Barry.