KAWARTHA LAKES-The reconstruction of the Fenelon Falls downtown has received the green light from council at a meeting on the capital budget held today.
The idea was initially brought forward in 2019 with the City holding two public meetings. The plan calls for the reconstruction of the main street including the underground infrastructure.
“I’m very happy, it’s certainly long overdue.” Councillor Doug Elmslie told Kawartha 411 News. “We have been trying to get this done for many years, many studies and surveys had already been done. To finally see it approved is very gratifying, so many volunteers have worked so hard for this.”
The plan calls for new curbs, gutters, sewers, and watermains along Colborne Street. Curb bump outs will be constructed at the corner of Water, Bond and Francis Streets. New benches, garbage bins and tree’s will be planted. The project will also see a dedicated left turn lane running almost the entire downtown with a single lane for through traffic.
The one downside could the loss of seven parking spots on the main street but Elmslie is confident they can make up for it by finding more parking in lots on side streets.
“It’s going to be a boon for downtown Fenelon Falls and enhance it as a tourist attraction.” Elmslie said.
The cost is approximately $2.7 million for the road reconstruction portion of the project with another $1.2 million for the water and waste water reconstruction. Construction is slated to begin in the fall of 2021 in order to avoid construction during the busy summer season.
The reconstruction of the Mill Pond Bridge in Omemee was also given the go-ahead today. something councillor Ron Ashmore was relieved to see.
“Patience always pays off in the end. We did it and I am very grateful for many people on staff who made it happen.” Ashmore told Kawartha 411 News. “Special thanks to the Mayor and Council. I carried that frustration and worry with me till the end of this process because you never know until its 100% approved. I am so happy for the people in Omemee who at times lost hope and thought they were forgotten. It’s a victory for them.”