HEAVY TRUCK RESTRICTIONS LIFTED DURING RUSH HOURS
At the council meeting on August 13, held in the Town Office on Howe Island, Carl and Heather Lippert requested for the second time that all restrictions on heavy vehicles during morning and evening rush hours be removed.
They had tabled this request to Council at the June meeting. Following a brief discussion at that meeting, the mayor instructed council and staff to:
- Review request with Howe Islanders
- Review request with ferry operators
- Provide feedback to council to be discussed at the August Howe Island council meeting.
At the Monday August 13th, council meeting, no information was presented to the mayor as requested. HIRA did send a letter to council requesting no changes be made that would negatively interfere with current traffic flows.
Council discussion moved on to suggesting compromises and a majority voted in favour of this resolution:
“THAT COUNCIL RECOMMEND TO THE COUNTY OF FRONTENAC THAT THE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON THE HOWE ISLAND FERRY BE AMENDED TO ALLOW TRUCK ACCESS WITH GROSS WEIGHT LIMITED TO ALLOW THE FERRY TO BE FILLED WITH OTHER VEHICULAR TRAFFIC AT ALL HOURS OF OPERATION.”
A recorded vote was this resolution passed 3 votes to 2.
In favour: Wayne Grant, Denis Doyle, Matt Fiene
Opposed: Pat Norris, Mayor Vanden Hoek
What will happen now?
This resolution will be sent to the Frontenac County, operator of the ferry.
We’re unsure as to how the county deals with requests such as this.
HIRA does urge all Islanders who have strong feelings for or against this anticipated change in restrictions or clarity on the resolution to write to Liz Fulton, Chief Administration Officer of Frontenac County at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com and Roger Scott-Taggart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We at HIRA will keep you informed of the status of this situation.
Roger Scott-Taggart HIRA President
Terry Botten HIRA Vice President