Slippery Roads Among Issues At Bracebridge Council

Posted: 2019-11-13 07:48:08 By: hbr

From slippery streets to stolen mail, councillors had a lot to discuss during the most recent Bracebridge Town council meeting.

Coun. Andrew Struthers said residents had made him aware that community mailboxes had been broken into in an area near the Bracebridge Fairgrounds, and also near the car dealerships on Ecclestone Road. Struthers spoke with the OPP and Canada Post and was informed that similar occurrences had taken place in Gravenhurst and the OPP are keeping a close watch on the situation.

Several councillors said they had been hearing from constituents regarding both potholes in the road and icy conditions during the first few snowfalls of winter.

Mayor Graydon Smith defended the public works department by saying they are responsible for more than 200 km of roadway and it is not feasible for Bracebridge’s roads to be clear and dry at all times during a snowstorm. 

“My message is to adjust your expectations and drive more carefully,” said Smith.

On the positive side counsellors also reported residents are happy to see work beginning on the Salmon Avenue extension which will lead to the new arena and library complex.  

Mayor Smith also reported that ground has now been broken on the new Macaulay Treehouse expansion, which should provide more than 70 new daycare spots for the community.