Sandy Bay ‘worse than war-torn Bosnian roads’
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | June 8, 2017|
A retired colonel, who’s done a tour of duty in Bosnia, says roads in that war-torn country are better than Minden’s Sandy Bay Road.
Jack Sward read his neighbour’s comment during a delegation to Minden Hills council’s May 25 meeting about the state of the road.
Sward, who’s had property 30 years and lived full-time five, said the road’s in the worst shape he and neighbours can remember.
“This is exceptionally bad,” he told council, adding the road is “littered with horrendous potholes.”
He cited concerns with collapsing culverts and silt as well.
Sward said he understood the township had dealt with staffing issues, and a challenging winter and spring flooding but “road maintenance issues are occurring year after year.”
Staff recently graded the road, which residents are thankful for, but more regular maintenance must be done, Sward said.
Swards read comments from other property owners, fearing for the safety of people and their vehicles.
Reeve Brent Devolin appealed for empathy. He said the roads department was down four of nine employees this past winter and had been dealing with the flood.
But Coun. Pam Sayne said residents had been patient. She said she drives down the road in a pickup truck and it’s more frustrating than parking in downtown Toronto. She said if Minden Hills staff can’t address the issue, then the municipality could ask the county and neighbouring municipalities for help.
The matter was referred to the roads committee that is chaired by Coun. Lisa Schell. It met to hear Sward’s concerns on Monday.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.