Shiloh Line showdown

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The Municipality of Southwest Middlesex will not be paying their bill.

The Municipality of Brooke-Alvinston sent an invoice for $47,245.64 after paving Shiloh Line, including a portion that serves as a boundary between the two municipalities and has its expenses shared.

Southwest Middlesex council at its April 13 meeting passed a motion to include the costs in 2023 capital budget discussion, but to not pay anything until municipal staff get a detailed breakdown of the costs and if any federal or provincial grants were applied to the pave job.

The motion was opposed by councillors Martin Vink and Mike Sholdice. Vink said he would not paying the cost if found to be legitimate this year, but that there were too many expenses in 2023. Sholdice did not speak to the issue.

The Shiloh Line Rehabilitation Project was approved through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: Rural & Northern Stream, according to a press release available on Brooke-Alvinston’s home page. Brooke-Alvinston was awarded $1,029,607 from the Province in 2019 and $1,853,478 federally in 2020. Brooke-Alvinston was to contribute $216,000.

Shiloh Line was repaved between Forest Road and the Peak of Mosa Road. The graveled shoulders were also to be upgraded to paved asphalt.

A photo commemorating the announced approval on the road was published on Brooke-Alvinston’s Facebook page July 30, 2020 and shows MPP Monte McNaughton, Brooke-Alvinston clerk administrator Janet Denkers, MP Lianne Rood, Brooke-Alvinston public works manager Randy Hills, and Mayor Dave Ferguson.

A. W. Campbell Conservation Area is on Shiloh Line east of Alvinston, within Southwest Middlesex’s boundary. The map in the report shows not much more than 100 metres of Shiloh Line partly owned by Southwest Middlesex being paved right by the turn onto the campgrounds at Peak of Mosa Road.

“We knew they were talking about reconstructing the road which included our portion of the road. So we knew what the scope was but at that particular point when we were notified in 2020, we went to the agreement and shared that information with them that we needed that information for our budget process,” explained director of operations Greg Storms.

“I have asked a couple times for invoices that make up that $47,000, and we’ve yet to receive anything. And again I was deferred to their engineer to get that information, which that person would not be able to provide to me,” said Storms.

“It is unfortunate. We certainly want to be good neighbours but we also want to have a responsibility to adhere to our policies. Communications are the root of all evil as they say, and this is certainly one,” said Mayor Allan Mayhew.

Chris Gareau, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner

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