Lakeshore Road Assumption Process>
Do you live on a road that is owned by the municipality but is not maintained by us? These roads are unassumed highways and are generally located on the lakeshore.
The municipality has a policy and process to take over (assume) responsibility and costs for the maintenance of the road. The process involves a neighbourhood submitting a petition to the municipality. The petition must contain the names and signatures of 66% of the residents who use the road for access. The process involves verifying the petition, analyzing the road, preparing cost estimates for the assumption and making a recommendation to Council. Residents do not have to pay for any costs to bring the road to a minimum standard. The road will not be improved but may be minimally repaired as needed. Currently, Council sets aside $75,000.00 per year to implement road assumptions.
If you are interested in the municipality maintaining your unassumed road, start by contacting the Public Works department. It’s best to have a meeting with staff to go over the process and talk about any known or anticipated issues. Usually it is a residents' association that makes initial contact, but anyone can call to set up a meeting.
Petitions must be submitted between January 1st and September 1st each year so that Council can include them in budget discussions for the following year.
Municipality of Bluewater
14 Mill Avenue
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