BURK’S FALLS – The Township of Armour is going to be paying close attention to a recent meeting concerning a pit and quarry in neighbouring Ryerson Township.
“Armour’s only concern is Pegg’s Mountain Road,” said Reeve Bob MacPhail.
The Thompson pit and quarry for Pegg’s Mountain is located in Ryerson, however, a stretch of the road that runs from Ferguson north toward the mountain is in Armour.
MacPhail says they have received a traffic impact study that indicates that maintenance issues should be addressed through a haul-route agreement between the quarry owners and the Township of Ryerson.
“We’ve been talking to Ryerson saying that part of that road is also Armour,” he said. “(Coun. Pat Hayes) is going to be at this public meeting and he is going to state that we’d like to see that amended.”
The public meeting is slated for July 25 at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Burk’s Falls Arena.
The amendment would see Armour included in the agreement because of the wear and tear on Armour’s road.
“Our problem is we can make the road a haul road and just put gravel on it and we’re okay, but all our residents that live on that road are just going to see dust, dust, dust,” he said.
He says if the quarry goes through, Armour council would have to determine what kind of surface treatment to put on the road in order to handle the haulage, which according to the study could be between 48 and 77 trips per day during peak hauling times.
“And that’s per day. Every five or 10 minutes there is going to be a big truck going down that road loaded,” he said. “They are saying between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. June to November.”
MacPhail says Armour and Ryerson townships each use about the same amount of Pegg’s Mountain Road that the trucks would be travelling.