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Rural roads a concern at Thurlow budget meeting

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Noise complaints from new homeowners and subpar road conditions pushed council to block truck access on Farnham Road and Cannifton Road North. Photo by Justin Medve, QNet News

By Justin Medve [1]

THURLOW – Among the 105 budget-related projects tentatively slated for Belleville next year, roads concerned residents most at Monday night’s budget preview meeting at the Gerry Masterson Township of Thurlow Community Centre.

Councillors Paul Carr [2] and Jackie Denyes [3] along with Mayor Taso Christopher [4] showed Thurlow residents what has been done with this year’s budget and what they hope to do in 2017.

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Councillor Paul Carr speaks to Thurlow residents at Monday night’s budget meeting, alongside Councillor Jackie Denyes and Mayor Taso Christopher. Photo by Justin Medve, QNet News

A question and answer session was supposed to take place after their presentation, but a relatively small attendance meant most citizens spoke out when they felt the need.

Lorne Hawley of Hawley’s Garage [5] took his turn to discuss Cannifton Road North being blocked off to heavy truck access, one of the garage’s repair specialties.

It’s killing my business,” he said.

Cannifton Road North was a timely path to Hawley’s Garage and other Thurlow roads because of its access to Highway 37, but that access has become more difficult since the change:

Councillor Carr said both an increase of new residents in the area and road conditions factored into the decision.

We didn’t want to compound it at this particular point from an infrastructure point of view and a public safety point of view,” he said.

Carr said the issue is still a few years short of being fixed.

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“It doesn’t look the prettiest, but at the end of the day if you’ve got a nice surface in which to travel on, that’s critical,” said Councillor Paul Carr in regards to crack sealing on Old Madoc Road. Photo by Justin Medve, QNet News

But, he said, progress has been made elsewhere – one million dollars has been entrenched into Belleville’s budget towards rural road resurfacing.

“Road infrastructure is a problem. So the fact that we got maintenance dollars, we got road reconstruction dollars – we made some real impact. Some of the maintenance that’s being done on roads has never been done before in our city,” Carr said.

Carr said minor repairs can prolong a road’s lifespan, saving money in the end.

Other construction that could be a part of next year’s budget includes work on Mudcat Road [6], a roundabout [7] at the Maitland and Farnham Road intersection [8], and environmentally delayed repairs of Foxboro Bridge and Ashley Street [9].

Notable urban initiatives include the continuation of Build Belleville [10]traffic light synchronization [11]for the city and transit and sidewalk upgrades for the North East Industrial Park [12].

Final decisions regarding the cost and execution of Belleville’s budget will be made from Oct. 25-27 at the Build Belleville office [13]. Last year, Thurlow’s tax impact was kept under 1 per cent.

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