Elliot Ferguson|Kingston Whig-Standard|Friday, February 23, 2018
The company building a wind energy project on Amherst Island has been issued a stop-work order by Loyalist Township.
The order was issued last weekend and was confirmed again in a letter from the township to Windlectric Inc. on Thursday.
Heavy construction vehicles had caused significant damage to haul routes, including deep ruts on South Shore Road, Lower Forty Foot Road and sections of Front Road.
“The ruts from the previous night’s heavy traffic had in fact not been smoothed out by the Windlectric grading crew, and the road surface was a continuous series of deep ruts, which had frozen hard,” township chief administrative officer Robert Maddocks wrote in a letter to Windelectic on Thursday. “These ruts were several inches deep and would be very difficult, if not completely impossible, for a smaller car to pass without significant damage, and potentially a serious safety issue if someone hit them at normal speeds.”
The road use agreement between the company and the municipality allows the township engineer to stop work if damage to the roads leaves them unsafe for the general public to travel upon. The order can be lifted once the roadways are repaired.
“The Township has a legal and moral duty to protect the public and must act accordingly,” Maddocks wrote….
Windlectric main concern staying on schedule:
“As you know, we are at a critical stage of the construction progress and any delays to the project construction have a cascading effect”