City road maintenance crews started work on the Aragon Road, March 2018. As a result of complaints about the methods of brush clearing in 2015 the Rural Advisory Committee discussed with the Manager or Road Maintenance a policy for improved brush clearing.  Aragon Road citizens argued that it could be considered a heritage road and should be maintained with this special status in mind.

The current march 2018 brush clearing  has been completed, and the results are  in: well done, compliments to the road maintenance crew who executed the work plan and stayed in touch with citizens on the road. Thanks also to Bill Linnen, Operations Manager Public Works and Adam Mueller, Public Education and Promotion Coordinator Public Works who communicated with Bob Wolfe , member of the Rural Advisory Committee and a citizen living on the Aragon Road.

The Volvo Busher in action after clearing smaller selected trees by the forestry crew, which worked selectively and sensitively with chainsaws along the forested areas that make the Aragon Road so special.

Citizens living on the Aragon Road have on multiple occasions before the Rural Advisory Committee and through the Planning Department, emphasized that the Aragon Road should be considered a heritage road.

It is a “forced” road, which is different from the county road system that British surveyors laid out in the late 1700-s.  A forced road has spontaneously developed from an early path between farms to a dirt road and a gravel topped paved road without any formal road allowances. The special legal features of the forced road has come up on Amherst Island in conjunction with the wind-farm.

In a report to council earlier this week, Dave Thompson, the township’s director of infrastructure services, wrote that ownership of road allowances on the island evolved in a “radically different manner” from the rest of the municipality. The forced roads on the island generally evolved from commonly traveled routes and were built without official Crown surveys and public ownership. Click HERE for the full article in the Whig Standard.

Another piece of information: When it  comes to forced roads, there is no standard width to be found in any legislation or common law decisions… From Township’s Solicitor Jim Baird of Township Asphodel-Norwood

Maybe it is time to consider different road maintenance policies for major highways, two lane highways, county roads and secondary rural roads many of which are forced roads with important heritage features.










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