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Trans Canada Trail moves up on PRC consultant priority list, CAO

Posted August 15, 2014

With approximately $500,000 in place to expand the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) between the 9th Line Beeton and the 14th Line to connect at Cookstown, the process remains stuck at the WD Potato Ltd property crossing, but it's to restart "over the next few weeks."

New Tecumseth CAO Terri Caron told councillors this week in an update on the TCT development that since council approved the route - Town-owned former CN rail right of way - in April, "subject to working through some issues," one meeting has been held with Walter Davidson (WD Potato), who objects to the crossing in front of his property on 10 Sideroad.

"Further work and review was required coming out of that," said Ms. Caron noting the Town solicitor is involved. A second meeting has not yet been scheduled. Domenic Lunardo, of MHPM Project

The TCT development has been on hold since the end of May following Parks and Recreation Director Ray Osmond's termination. Since then, the Town has utilized the consulting services of Domenic Lunardo, "and that's (TCT) one of the projects the consultant is working on.

New Tecumseth's TCT would total 26 km when completed, of which 18.5 km remains unfinished, one of the largest single missing links in the cross country network. It's estimated to cost $1.5 million to finish, with an annual maintenance cost of approximately $45,000.

There's a 100 ft bridge, 35 ft high over the Nottawasaga River that requires decking repairs and safety railings, the area is also overgrown and requires clearing and grubbing. Another is 3.86 km from 10th Line to Daniele Gate and includes a 104 ft long, and 13 ft high bridge over the Beeton Creek, which needs a new deck and railings installed. And, about 1 km between 10 Sideroad and the 10th Line.

TCT has provided a grant of $250,000, and the Town will draw $220,000 from the PRC development charges reserves, and $30,000 is provided by Simcoe County, to make up the municipal portion.

"We do have the money," said Ms. Caron. "Now that some of the other capital projects and time sensitive matters are underway, Domenic Lunardo is now turning his attention to this project, and we're anticipating contact will begin with the abutting landowners to discuss the construction and design with them as council directed, and we expect that should commence in the next few weeks."

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