Kortright Hills resident objects to Niska Road changes

Local objections continue to trickle in regarding proposed improvements to Niska Road which straddles the boundary between the city of Guelph and Puslinch Township.

Kortright Hills (Guelph) resident Nicole Abouhalka wrote to Puslinch councillors since the municipality lies downstream of Guelph.

She forwarded a copy of a letter she’d previously sent to Philip Rowe of R.J. Burnside Engineering Co. and Brad Hamilton, project engineer for the city of Guelph regarding the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for the proposed work.

Abouhalka contended the land was donated to the City as a “Nature Reserve” in 1948 by Horace Mack and in 1977 Guelph Mayor Norm Jarry had extended the protection portion of it.

She wrote, “All the municipalities from the source of the Speed River in Luther Marsh to Lake Erie are protecting it from any development.”

(The Speed River actually starts in the Orton area.)

She asked those involved to “take all the necessary measures to ensure that all the conditions and requirements are respected for this assessment to protect the integrity of the Ecological System already existing of the GRCA land of Niska road, between Ptarmigan and the Speed River.”

She believes the option of a one-lane Niska Bailey Bridge will prove the only valid choice in the end –  a choice that is backed by 95% of the residents of the Kortright Hills.

Her letter was received by Puslinch council without comment at the Sept. 16 meeting.