Tender award re-ignites fight over inclusion of Jebb's road
Posted March 6,
Lisbon Paving has been awarded a $793,994 contract for New Tecumseth's
2018 road resurfacing program. But when all the components are factored
in, including contingency, the cost for the five road sections is
$905,657.38, which is $206,043 under budget.
The favourable variance will remain in reserves, and the projected long
term debenture to finance the works, will be lessened accordingly.
Ward 2 councillor Michael Beattie and Ward 6 councillor Richard
Norcross, argued again last night - continuation from the 2018 budget
process that approved the works - the 20th Sideroad between Hwy 89 and
the 15th Line, should not be included because of its low rank, 281, on
the priorites list .
"The most troubling piece for me is how it's funded," said councillor
Beattie, adding he will be calling for a recorded vote when it comes up
for ratification on March 19.
Deputy mayor Donna Jebb, whose home is located at the corner of the
20th and 15th Line, said the section of road is "heavily travelled"
whenever Hwy 400, Cty Rd 27, or Hwy 89 is closed because of an accident.
"Unfortunately, you feel this road is not in New Tecumseth, in the
middle of nowhere," she said. "It is in New Tecumseth, it's not in the
nowhere, and a lot of residents do use this road. And it is used as an
emergency road when those roads get closed."
Councillor Norcross said he couldn't justify supporting the work
because of its low ranking.
"I don't like taking our tax money to pave a road that people
are using it because they're inconvenienced as they're travelling up
the 400 because there might be an accident," he said. "So maybe the
should pay for the whole thing if the majority of people using it
aren't residents of New Tecumseth and they're just coming through here
because they're on their way to the cottage, or on the way to the city
or on their way home to Barrie. I just can't see the justification to
spend that much money to do it because there are roads that are higher
on the list."
Ms. Jebb said the farmers in the area, "all they ask is for a
half decent road, and half decent bridge, and good culverts on the
roads, and that's what they're looking for."
Stephanie MacLellan, a resident of the 15th Line asked the deputy mayor
why she was the lead voice on the 250 metre section of road "nobody
And I think
it's really really inappropriate that you're even commenting on this
because if you go back a few years you made pretty good arguments as to
why this area of the 20th SR should be paved, because of your farm,"
said Ms. MacLellan. "And
now you have a property that is kitty corner on this road with a huge
garage in the back with trucks coming and going. I think it's highly
inapprorpriate that you're even commenting on this. It should be a
conflict of interest for you. Nobody lives on that section of the road,
and it's 250 metres. It just doesn't seem necessary at all to spend
taxation money on this section of the road."
Then, Ms. Jebb explained to council the rural road west of Cookstown,
in its current state jeopardized agricultural operations including
their chicken farm because of the stress put on heavy trucks delivering
feed and picking up livestock.
"To have the road paved would certainly help with our biosecurity
protocols that are in place with the trucks that deliver and also for
the trucks that take our harvests from the farm storages," according to
Ms. Jebb in her Feb. 13 2009 letter to council. "If the road is hard
topped it would show your support for the On Food Safety Assurance
Program in place by Chicken Farmers of Ontario and our protocols that
we have in place."
In her reply to the conflict of interest charge last night, deputy
mayor Jebb said, "a few years ago when I was not on council, I came
during budget session
as on our farms, we have new biosecurity rules, the truck drivers are
having difficulty spraying the disinfectants onto the trucks when they
were covered with mud, salt and calcium. They were having a difficult
time with that. Maybe that's what you were referring to about me asking
about the 20th."
She pointed to deputations last year from 20 SR residents expressing
their concerns, but those sections were not included.
"And as far as the 15th, I live on the 20th,
yes, but from the 15th up to the highway 89 whenever 89 highway is
closed due to accidents, the OPP reroute the traffic down onto this
road and its got very deep ditches and I'm very concerned about the
traffic coming down that road. And whenever Cookstown is closed, that
road, that section of road that I do not live on, I live near, it gets
busy. So yes I have a concern about that section of road, as I do other
sections of road."
In the end, only councillors Beattie and Norcross voted against it.