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Mayor shows MTO minister “rough welcome to County”

Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff is pleased with a meeting today with Ministry of Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca about reduced Glenora ferry service in prime tourist season.

The meeting was fit between meetings of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Niagara Falls.

“It was a good meeting and the minister will look at a contingency ferry as back up for maintenance purposes and they also agreed to better communicate with us.”

The mayor learned in July there would be no 15-minute ferry service this summer at all, due to maintenance to neighbouring ferries. Service was originally promised to return in July. It may return after Labour Day.

Quaiff visited the Glenora crews earlier this month and thanked them for making the best of a poor situation.

Ferry service for the County-Adolphustown link usually handles an average of 40,000 vehicles in July and August.

hwy-49Quaiff also took the opportunity to show a County video demonstrating the current condition of Highway 49 to show County roads are overused, and underfunded, as a result of seasonal traffic increases.

Quaiff stressed the pressures on Highway 49 have increased due to the reduction in service by the Ministry of Transportation’s Glenora Ferry Service during the peak tourist season.

“Potholes and cracks greet those who travel Highway 49 – the main entry point to the County for those who are visiting Sandbanks Provincial Park.”

There are 3,100 to 4,200 vehicles travelling Highway 49 every day (2012 figures). More than 600,000 visitors make their way to the park each summer.

The video, by Michael J Brethour Studios, introduces Highway 49 as “a rough welcome to the County – a growing national tourist destination.”

Hwy 49 alternate version from Michael J Brethour Studios on Vimeo.

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  1. Chuck says:

    Municipal gas tax rebate is still in place.

  2. Olmanonthemtn says:

    no doubt there would be multiples in a car but as mentioned you can bet campers would stay multiple nights so it probably evens out its still a potful of money

  3. ADJ says:

    Can someone refresh the memory….do I recall reading of a gas tax rebate from the govt. to communities supposedly for just infrastructure mainly roads.Is this still working? How is it regulated as to how much rebate a community gets? Hopefully it’s not going into another County scheme!

  4. Susan says:

    I think there is a difference between visitors and car load passes.

  5. Olmanonthemtn says:

    hmm 600000 visitors to the park per year a day pass is approx 20 bucks, a campsites as hi as 50 bucks a nite the average of the 2 is 35 and thats assuming a camper only stays i nite 35 x 600000 = 21000000 wonder how much the county receives of that and this is probably a low ball seems its the province that should be paying a destination fee to the county or how about putting tolls on the county roads just before the entrance to the park to be paid by non-residents county folk would have passes

  6. ADJ says:

    I can’t honestly say if I like it much or not…it’s an extra fee plain and simple that the business operator is requested to pay into County coffers. But your not offering to explain how it would be collected honestly,how you would separate the locals from the tourist/visitor,and you have no plan as to how much it would involve and cost to put into action. Not enough information for me to form an opinion for or against. You seem to have a handle on it so one last time I’m asking you to share with your readers. Anyways,,this has been flogged to death so I’m ending my discussion on it.

  7. Paul Cole says:

    I’m not preaching anything ADJ and the words you post are yours not mine.. I am merely suggesting a way to help offset road maintenance cost an idea you don t like much

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