South Bruce OPP presents annual report to Huron-Kinloss Township

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HURON-KINLOSS – South Bruce OPP detachment commander Krista Miller presented the 2021 year-end review to Huron-Kinloss council at the April 4 meeting.

Among the key points in her report was the increase in dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and impaired driving offences.

Miller also drew attention to ETicketing, new in the detachment, which is speeding up the ticketing process.

In her report on marine enforcement, she noted the compliance rate is down to 70 per cent from the usual 92-95 per cent. She said it’s largely due to kayakers and paddleboarders who are unfamiliar with legislation. Miller said it’s an education matter – 28 warnings were given but only three charges were laid.

In general, calls for service were up, with the highest number being motor vehicle collisions.

Miller told council that the South Bruce OPP major crime unit executed a successful warrant in Lucknow at the end of September, gathering evidence to support earlier charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon. While conducting the warrant, police seized methamphetamine and seven outstanding warrants were cleared.

In November, 14 thefts were reported, resulting in a large-scale investigation that identified two suspects. The investigation involved a number of units including canine, aviation, emergency response team, community street crimes unit, neighbouring OPP detachments and other municipal services. Police recovered a large amount of stolen property including an off-road vehicle, snowmobile, chain saws and assorted tools. The two suspects were charged.

Bridge assessment reviewed

Ken Logtenberg of BM Ross and Associates presented the 2021 bridge needs assessment.

Included in his presentation was a recommendation to reduce the load limit on bridge H28 on Sideroad 20 from the present 12 tonnes to eight tonnes. A number of other bridges were identified including one, H44, on Concession 4, where widening and addition of railings (or replacement) are recommended.

In all, 45 bridges and 54 culverts were reviewed. Nine structures are at least 80 years old, with the average age being 49 years. The estimated replacement cost of all the structures is $54.5 million. The condition of each structure was reviewed and the probable maintenance and repair costs calculated.

A priority list of repair and replacement projects was included for the next one to five years, and six to 10 years.

Bridge H66 on Pine River Road West needs repairs that include the edge of the deck, removing asphalt and patching the deck top and curbs, placement of rip-rap in front of abutments, and waterproofing and paving the top deck.

L1 Ludgard Street in Lucknow requires replacement of curbs and barrier walls, deck repairs, replacement of deck drains, waterproofing and paving over the deck.

H38 Bell Bridge needs deck repairs, patching of girders, replacing bearing pads and railing installation (which is not being done at this time).

K3 Langside Street is being recommended for replacement, as it is a very old and narrow structure.

H28 on Sideroad 20 is also recommended for replacement or closure within five years, and a load limit is proposed. Cost of replacement is estimated at $720,000 – less, if it can be replaced with a concrete culvert or single span bridge.

The rail trail of Sideroad 10 east of Ripley requires repairs – some of the floor beams need replacing and the abutment walls need to be reinforced.

The probable annual cost over the next 10 years has been calculated at $611,000.

Mayor Mitch Twolan noted additional funds may need to be placed in reserves.

“We need to put it on the radar now,” he said, reminding council of the trouble the county got into “with the Chesley Bridge, and then the Paisley Bridge.”

John Yungblut, director of public works, said the township had been keeping up on maintenance, and while additional funds in reserves would be good, he’s pleased with what’s being done.

Yard waste depot open

The Lucknow yard waste depot just south of the Lucknow soccer fields is now open. The yard waste depot next to the Huron landfill will be open by the end of the month. Only brush, leaves, branches and grass clippings are accepted at the yard waste depots.

Wishing Grant Collins well

Council congratulated drainage superintendent Grant Collins on a job well done, and thanked him for his service to the township. The April 4 meeting was his final one, as he’s retiring.

Return to in-person meetings

Huron-Kinloss will be returning to in-person meetings in May, unless there are delegations or inclement weather, in which case the decision will be made by noon the day of the meeting whether to hold it virtually. As yet, the township does not have the technology in place for the hybrid meetings some other municipalities are holding. It’s either one or the other.

Clarification

Huron-Kinloss council will not be supporting a proposal by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, as described during a presentation at the March 21 meeting.

Derek Richmond of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers gave the presentation on the Delivering Community Power campaign, which is not a Canada Post proposal but a union campaign.

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

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