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From the Councillor's Office
Councillor Accuses DoT of Inadequate Salting, Sanding
(Monday, February 21/2000)-- Councillor Keith Colwell said today he is becoming increasingly concerned over the lack of salting and sanding on subdivision roads in the Lawrencetown and Porter's Lake areas of District 3.
He listed Greenough Drive, in Porter's Lake, and Keltic Gardens, in the Lawrencetown area, as two subdivisions that badly need attention.
Councillor Colwell said he is aware of at least three vehicle accidents in the area that can be attributed to poor salting and sanding and he is sure that there are many more that he doesn't know about.
The Councillor said he has contacted the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Public Works officials regarding the issue; asked Mayor Walter Fitzgerald to write to the Minister of Transportation and Public Works regarding the matter; and raised the issue during a publicly broadcast Council meeting; but so far, the situation remains unchanged.
"In two of the accidents, vehicle air bags were released because the driver could not stop on the ice. This is not only dangerous for the drivers and passengers, but the repair bills for the vehicles also run into a lot of money for the owners," he said.
Councillor Colwell said HRM has an agreement with DoT and PW to provide "appropriate and adequate" snow and ice control service in District 3 and he challenged the Province to live up to the terms of that agreement.
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Councillor Keith Colwell
District 3 (Preston/Porter's Lake)