Council ponders trail issues

Councillors here discussed a number of trail related issues here last week.

Mayor David Anderson started off discussions during the parks and recreation advisory report to council regarding the White’s Junction Trail.

He said a number of people have reported an overgrowth of weeds along the trail.

Anderson wondered if a bushog could be brought in to level the trail.

Councillor Barb Burrows who sits on the local trails committee noted that she had already spoken with Works Director Norm Fisk about what can be done.

She said Fisk is looking into what type of equipment can access that particular site.

Later, under correspondence, Deputy-Mayor Judy Dirksen commented on the call for applications for the Min­is­try of Transportation’s trans­portation demand manage­ment program municipal grant program.

While she has yet to hear all the details of the project, she said working on the trail be­tween Harriston and Palmer­ston would seem to fit in nicely with the goals outlined by the program.

One of the goals of the program would provide financial assistance to municipalities at­tempting to reduce daily vehicle kilometres travelled in a specific geographic area.

Dirksen suggested that providing a better maintained trail to encourage cycling between to the two destinations would reduce vehicle traffic.

Councillor Wayne Martin later noted that once or twice the County of Wellington provided financial assistance to develop the trail.

Burrows noted the current work of volunteers is focussed on the last stretch of trail to Harriston.