Elmwood to get sidewalk to community centre

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BROCKTON – The reconstruction project in Elmwood for Concession 10 (Queen Street) was delayed due to the pandemic, but is back on the schedule for 2021. Engineering has already begun.

The $1.9 million project originally included a sidewalk extension to the community centre. Staff asked BM Ross to review costs of continuing the sidewalk to the community centre, compared to redoing it to where it currently ends. The report presented and discussed at the March 23 council meeting stated the difference would be about $300,000 – in part because of the need for new storm sewers and a protective guardrail, along with the new section of sidewalk.

Council members were in favour of extending the sidewalk to the community centre. Coun. James Lang, who grew up in Elmwood, said, “I’m surprised there wasn’t a sidewalk years ago.”

Coun. Kym Hutcheon said she was “strongly in favour” of extending the sidewalk.

Coun. Dean Leifso said residents want it.

The possibility of paving extra-wide shoulders instead of building a sidewalk was briefly discussed.

Council opted to go with what was identified in the report as option one – sidewalk with semi-urban road construction to the community centre, at a cost of $1,650,000 plus engineering and tax.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times