No-parking zone extended to Fleming Road
By Chad Ingram
Minden Hills is extending a no parking zone along Bobcaygeon Road from Invergordon Avenue to Fleming Road.
During the summer, council voted to resurface and sign a little-used municipal parking lot at the intersection of Bobcaygeon Road and Deep Bay Road and to install no-parking signage along Bobcaygeon Road adjacent to Monk's Funeral Home.
While there were once parallel parking stalls along the stretch, a widening of the sidewalk there a few years ago removed the parking spaces. However, residents continue to park in front of the businesses.
At their Oct. 29 meeting, councillors, supporting a recommendation from the township's roads advisory committee, voted to extend that no parking zone along Bobcaygeon Road from Invergordon Avenue to Fleming Road, near the entrance to the fairgrounds.
Councillor Pam Sayne said she wanted merchants in the area to be notified of the change, adding they were not consulted before council's decision in the summer.
“I think you created a bit of a conflict in the community without notifying them first,” Sayne told staff members.
Councillor Jeanne Anthon noted that people continued to park in front of the businesses adjacent to Monk's and asked when no-parking signage would be going up.
Bylaw officer Colin McKnight said the department had been waiting to put up signage until council decided if it was going to extend the no-parking zone to Fleming Road.
Reeve Brent Devolin noted the municipal parking lot near Deep Bay Road seems to be handling traffic fine, adding that he has not seen it full.
“It seems like there's capacity for those businesses,” he said.
Roads director Travis Wilson, noting there are sidewalks on both sides of Bobcaygeon Road through that part of the village, said during future reconstruction work, it might be possible to remove the sidewalk from one side, installing parking spaces instead.
The roads committee recently submitted a report with a number of suggested changes to parking throughout the village.
Devolin said those suggestions could be explored over time.
“In my mind, they all have dollar figures associated with them,” the reeve said.
Fines for parking in a no-parking zone in Minden Hills are $15, or $300 for parking in an accessible parking spot without proper documentation.