By Dan Cearns, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Standard Newspaper
Wed., Oct. 27, 2021 timer 2 minutes. read
KAWARTHA LAKES: After a prolonged argument, Kawartha Lakes council has actually chosen to permit ATVs on Lindsay roadways.
The choice was made at a council conference on Tuesday, October 19 th.
” Council has actually made a decision, and it is our duty to make sure the roll-out of the pilot is performed in a manner in which focuses on the security of our neighborhood,” Mayor Andy Letham stated in a news release. “I wish to advise our citizens this is a two-year pilot program, where the objective is to keep an eye on and collect details to identify the success of the path. We will work carefully with our enforcement partners to make certain those getting involved are doing so properly which the security of our locals, both those on and off the tracks, stays leading of mind.”
At the conference, Mayor Letham proposed rejecting all-terrain automobiles access to regional, collector and arterial roadways in Lindsay.
” The bulk of homeowners in Lindsay at this time, whether they’re ideal or whether they’re incorrect, do not desire and are not in favour of ATVs on the roadways in the town of Lindsay,” he discussed.
Ward 5 Councillor Pat Dunn spoke versus the movement.
” It should not be everything about Lindsay,” he stated. “These roadways we’re operating on are spent for by the residents of the City of Kawartha Lakes and the province. I reside on Colborne Street. I do not own Colborne Street. When motorcycles go by my home at whatever time of the day, I do not get to state I do not desire motorcycles on my roadway.”
Ward 8 Councillor Tracy Richardson requested for the City to provide this pilot task an opportunity.
” This becomes part of rural way of life in the City of Kawartha Lakes, and it’s still a rural neighborhood.”
But, Ward 7 Councillor Pat O’Reilly argued there is no precedent for this kind of action.
” No other town in Ontario our size permits ATVs through it,” he specified.
After Mayor Letham stated he disagreed with the “consistent spin from Councillor Dunn,” the Ward 5 Councillor fired back.
” You’ve not done anything however plant department in this City because this subject turned up. You sit there and play both sides of the coin. You sit there and state, ‘I’m in favour of it,’ and after that you rig the system, so it stops working,” Councillor Dunn stated.
In a tape-recorded vote, the movement stopped working 5 to 4. Councillor Dunn then raised a different movement to authorize a path through Lindsay, which will consist of Logie Street, King Street, Lindsay Street, Wellington Street, Victoria Avenue, Elgin Street, Angeline Street and Thunder Bridge Road. That movement passed 5 to 4.