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Main street bridge to undergo reconstruction

By Chad Ingram

Published Dec. 28, 2017


The following are brief reports of items discussed during a Dec. 14 meeting of Minden Hills council. 
approved a sole-source contract to Tulloch Engineering for
approximately $75,000 for engineering and consulting for the
rehabilitation of the Sunnybrook Bridge, which is the formal name of the
bridge along Bobcaygeon Road spanning the Gull River in Minden’s
It is hoped the construction project will be able to improve the bridge’s problematic sight lines. 
superintendent Travis Wilson told council the project would likely
entail either closing the entire bridge for a six-month period, or
closing one lane at a time, over the span of a year. 
Pass on electronic attendance 
Hills councillors will not act on a clause of Bill 68, the province’s
Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, that would allow
municipal councillors to attend council meetings by electronic means,
such as Skype. Electronic participation, however, would not count toward
“There are 100 things that could go wrong,” said Mayor Brent Devolin. 
“The value is not there,” said Councillor Pam Sayne. 
act also allows councils to adopt new criteria for entering closed
session. Councillors are scheduled to discuss that provision in
Fire hall project on schedule 
an incident where collapsed trusses caused a worker to fall from the
roof of the new Minden Hills fire hall along Highway 35, interim fire
chief Mike Bekking told councillors the project should still be
completed on schedule for March. 
That incident occurred on Nov. 21 and it was expected it could delay the project by a number of weeks.  
“The project remains on schedule,” Bekking told councillors. 
to a report from Bekking, “All safety precautions, personal protective
equipment and training certifications required to be in place during
this work were in place, and continue to be in place as the project
moves forward. 

Ec Dev working group 
appointed a number of residents to a working group, which will provide
input on the township’s creation of an economic development strategic
plan. The township has attained the services of consulting firm Amer and
Associates to develop the plan. 
to the committee, with backgrounds in various sectors including
agriculture, real estate, construction, retail and the food industry,
are Tanya Boisvert, Molly McInerney, Shannon Blanchard, John Thomas,
Lorne Buckingham and Ken Barry.