Township campaign to clear up culvert confusion
by Roger Varley
The Township of Uxbridge has started a campaign to inform residents of the disruptions they can expect during the summer when construction begins on a new culvert under the lower end of Brock Street West. The disruptions will include traffic detours and a temporary reduction in parking spaces.
In a meeting with local media, Public Works Director Ben Kester said the addition of 30 new spots to the lot in Centennial Park will help to alleviate the reduction in downtown parking. He said he hoped the municipal parking lot on the north side of Brock Street, behind Coffee Time, would not be completely closed by the construction. He said parking lots and street parking in the downtown area will be affected on a rotating basis. As for the main parking lot behind Coffee Time, Kester said it will be up to council to decide what remediation work or beautification of that lot will take place after the culvert work is completed.
There also will be a temporary closure of that part of the street, with traffic being detoured to other routes. The closure is expected to last about four months, although it will be open to pedestrian traffic. The closure could also see temporary traffic signals installed at the intersection of Toronto Street North and Main Street North. Kester said there will be plenty of signs erected to guide traffic, especially trucks, around the construction area.
He said events such as the Santa Claus parade and the annual Remembrance Day parade will have to be addressed at a later date.…continue reading…
Smash and grab at downtown boutique
by Roger Varley
A smash-and-grab raid on a downtown clothing store on the weekend is the latest in what appears to be a rash of incidents in recent weeks.
Glen Wood, retired owner of Woods and Woods on Brock Street West, said thieves smashed the glass panel in the store’s front door in the early hours of Sunday morning and made off with 13 winter coats, each with a retail price of $1,000. The thieves also stole the cash drawer from the register, containing about $300.
Mr. Wood said the coats, the most expensive items in the store, were the only items taken. He said he has attempted to see if video surveillance cameras at other stores in the area captured any images of the break-in, but so far to no avail.…continue reading…
by Roger Varley
Notes from the January 15 Council Meeting
Noses out of joint on scent policy: A request for council to adopt a policy to protect township employees from allergic reactions to scents was met with little enthusiasm on Monday.
Carolyn Clementson, health and safety co-ordinator, asked council to adopt an environmental sensitivity and disability policy for all township-owned facilities. Such a policy would include posting the following notice at all facilities: “The Township of Uxbridge (name of facility) is a scent-reduced environment. Some people who work in this office (or facility) report sensitivities to various chemical-based or scented products. We ask for everyone’s cooperation in our efforts to accommodate their health concerns.”
Councillor Fred Bryan, one of the first to comment on Ms. Clementson’s report and request, said: “This is a by-law we can’t afford. Why are we going through this if we can’t enforce it?”
Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor said she had concerns.
“I sympathize, but people are being asked to change their way of living,” she said. “Where’s it going to stop?”…continue reading…