September 17, 2014

Sidewalks to Tim Hortons urged

As published in The Erin Advocate

Erin’s Mayor and Roads Superintendent plan to meet with the County Roads Committee to accelerate the construction of sidewalks on Main Street leading to the Tim Hortons restaurant.

Developer Shane Baghai has contributed almost $100,000 for sidewalks in front of the Medical Centre, Tim Hortons, and the property that now includes the Prime Beef Bistro. The full sidewalk including Town-owned lands to the south is expected to cost $310,000 and is not scheduled until 2017.

James Kennedy of KLM Planning Partners urged council on September 9 to build them sooner. Mayor Lou Maieron agreed, saying it is a safety issue with so many students walking through the area.

The Town is responsible for sidewalks, but it is a County road, so both governments have to be involved. Issues include construction of a curb and gutter, drainage in two parallel ditches, and the location of a possible sewer line in the area.