What was most interesting about the public information meeting held on May 24 by the Town of Petrolia was what was not said. Fifteen residents gathered in the council chambers to hear a presentation about the street reconstruction on Third, Kentail and Mutual streets, just prior to the Council meeting.
Setting the tone for the presentation and likely the reason there was so much interest in the meeting, a whisper came from the crowd as everyone flipped through the paper handout that was distributed, noticing there was nothing about housing in the presentation.
The key points in the presentation linked to housing developments include the installation of a sanitary force main on Third Street from First Avenue to Kentail Street and an upgrade of the Kentail Street water main to 300 millimeter diameter with both points ending with the phrase “to support future development.” David Graham of MIG Consulting Engineers led everyone through the presentation.
Other upgrades include the addition of new storm sewers complete with storm services to the property line, the removal and replacement of asphalt surface and road base, addition of curbs and gutters, a curb face sidewalk on one side of the road, boulevard and driveway restoration to the property line as well as the reconstruction of the Kerr Park parking lot.
All of the residents who took to the podium were in favour of the street reconstruction. They mentioned current problems with their own properties along the street from a water pooling problem in their front yard or driveway, to what will happen to a hydro pole on Third Street. The hydro pole is going to be pushed back from the street and an additional street light installed.
Contractors are scheduled to start work on June 6 with cleanup and demobilization in October. Topcoat asphalt will be laid in the summer of 2023.
Blake Ellis, The Independent