Clearview council: Collingwood Street Bridge tender approved

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Collingwood Street Bridge tender approved

Clearview council has awarded a tender for the Collingwood Street Bridge replacement to low bidder Soncin Construction in the amount of $3,636,008, coming in over the $3.5 million budget amount.

The work includes removal of the existing bridge, construction of new bridge structure, retaining walls, storm drainage, and road reconstruction works. The work also includes in-water stream reconstruction, environmental and erosion controls.

The township’s bridge projects are funded from a reserve with an annual contribution of $ 788,000. Project manager Baz Dokainishis advising council to consider increasing the contribution towards the bridge reserve during future budget deliberations.

Nottawa Hall renos approved

Council has approved a $34,556.30 repair to the Nottawa Hall vestibule and roof caused by a leak identified in April.

The job will go to Bill Leimgardt Construction who will replace the flat roof with a truss roof and remove and rebuild the vestibule. The project will take about five to seven weeks to complete.

Pedestrian crossovers 

County of Simcoe is installing pedestrian crossovers at two points on Highway 26 as part of their trail development plan.

The Ministry of Transportation requires the municipality to formally designate the connecting links as having a pedestrian trail crossover, one just east of Brock Street, and one south of Locke Avenue.

The County of Simcoe is developing the former rail line from Stayner to Angus. This past Fall/Winter the County’s contractor removed the steel rails and rail ties. This Summer Phase 1 (Stayner to New Lowell) of the trail construction is anticipated to begin, the County has planned for the installation pedestrian crossovers where the trail crosses Highway 26 at Brock Street and another at Locke Avenue.

Once the pedestrian actives the warning lights, motorists are required to stop and yield the entire width of the roadway and wait for pedestrians to clear the road before proceeding.

Also partly relating to the trail development, Council has approve reducing the speed limit on Centreline Road from 80km/hr to 60 km/hr from 500 metres south of Warrington Road to Highway 26.

Council also approved reducing the speed limit on the 36/37 Sideroad Nottawasaga from 80km/hr to 60 km/hr from 1400 metres West of County Road 124 to Concession 10 Nottawasaga, west of Nottawa.

The speed limit on Concession 10 North from County Road 124 to Poplar Sideroad was reduced in 2022 from 80km/h to 60km/h, the existing speed limit on Sideroad 36/37 Nottawasaga from County Road 124 to 1400 metres West is 50 km/hr. Staff recommends that the speed limit on the remaining 1200 metres of Sideroad 36/37

Sideroad to Concession 10 be reduced to provide consistent speed limits in the area,” reported Perreault. “Centreline Road as it approaches the limits of Stayner has seen a considerable increase in traffic volumes at higher speeds than 80km/h, to ensure that users of the trail can cross safely. Staff is recommending that the speed limit be reduced on Centreline Road from 80km/h to 60km/h.” 

On July 8 council will debate a motion being tabled by councillor John Broderick to lower speeds on Brock and Elm Street in Stayner to 40km/hr. 

Broderick is proposing the reduction in speed in response to community concerns for pedestrian and vehicular traffic. If approved, the speeds would be applied to the Centennial Park area and to accommodate the public and students who access the trail at the end of Elm Street as a route to school.

The final bill from the consultants leading Clearview Township’s Official Plan review has come in at $121,030, higher than the original price tag of $80,000 to $90,000.

Official Plan

Council adopted the new Official Plan at its May 27 meeting, replacing the 2001 version.

The review process led by GSP Group started in 2019 and included an additional visioning session with the newly elected council, stakeholder engagement and public input. 

A delay in the completion of the review is attributed to the pandemic, a turnover in staff at GSP Group and town hall including the director of planning, and “an ever-changing provincial planning legislation framework created uncertainty in crafting local policy.”

Cann notes that in 2020 a revised PPS was amended with 2051 forecasts, and that changes in local policy direction with regard to a focus on climate change and wetlands mapping had to be reworked as a result of new information.

“The funds attributed to the project in the last year were used to build and refine policies that the process revealed as critical to the future of the Township, including: to add robust policies respecting climate change; to refine and improve policies respecting on-farm diversified uses, agricultural-related uses, and farm consolidations; and to ensure that OP mapping reflected the Township’s vision for the 25 year planning horizon,” reported Cann.

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