Huntsville Council approves request to the District to change the Parking Control By-law in Port Sydney
Huntsville Council approved the request to the District of Muskoka to change their Parking Control By-law in Port Sydney, in the November 27, 2023, meeting.
According to the agenda, the amendment request is to ensure a ‘No Stopping/Fire Access Route’ restriction on South Mary Lake Road, including applicable signage.
The civic addresses on that road that would be impacted are numbers 340 to 434.
Councillor, Jason FitzGerald, expressed, “This is a safety measure and for first responders in Port Sydney leaving the Fire Hall.”
He added, “We just want to ensure that they can get out with full access on South Mary Lake Road to service the community emergency needs.”
Councillor, Monty Clouthier, inquired about whether it will restrict parking or emphasize that it is a fire route.
Mayor, Nancy Alcock, clarified that it is specific to no stopping and that it’s a fire route. She added, “Perhaps a discussion will take place at the District as appropriate.”
Fire Chief, Gary Monahan, supported the request. He said, “By-law has a concern with the school going across the street from the fire station.”
He explained that people picking up kids and parking at the Fire Station is a concern that they are trying to prevent now before the new Christian school is built in that location.
Councillor, Dione Schumacher, suggested, “Putting the fire piece in there carries higher weight in fine than just no parking.”
Councillor, Helena Renwick, inquired about whether this is currently an issue in that area or whether it is specifically the anticipation once the school is built.
Monahan clarified that there aren’t any issues right now. He added, “The By-law department did bring it to our attention with the great idea. A big school is going in there that could cause us some problems.”
Staff will send the request to the District and report back about the response in a future meeting.