Saturday, March 28, 2020

Public meeting set to discuss Baseline Bridge in Wallaceburg

The municipality is holding a Public Information Centre on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the Wallaceburg Service Centre (786 Dufferin Ave.) from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Municipal staff said in a press release the purpose of this public meeting is to explore options and obtain public feedback for the future of the Base Line Bridge either becoming a fixed/non-movable structure or continuing with it as a movable structure.

Staff said the municipality is in the process of repairing both structural and mechanical elements of the bridge that need to be addressed in a timely manner.

Because of the large differential between the works required and ultimately the costs associated with the repairs, it is recommended to seek public input to ensure all alternatives are being considered before a decision is made on how to proceed, staff added.

“We recognize the importance of the bridge to Wallaceburg and we want to make sure we hear from residents,” said Chris Thibert, Chatham-Kent Director of Engineering, in a media release.

“I want to emphasize that no decisions have been made. We’re presenting options for residents to consider.”

The contract for the repair works is planned to go to the next regular meeting of Chatham-Kent Council on March 2.

If any members of the public are unable to attend this public meeting, they are welcome to submit comments back to the Municipality either through phone (519-360-1998) or by emailing ckinfo@chatham-kent.ca.

Additionally there is the option of attending the council meeting on March 2.

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