Tecumseh

Most town roads will require rehabilitation within ten years

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The town’s roads are OK now, but a lot of work looms on the horizon, according to a consultant.

Kyle Edmunds from Dillon Consulting appeared before town council last Tuesday night and presented an updated roads needs report and while that report deemed the roads to be in “fair” condition, it was also determined that 83 per cent of the town’s roads need to be rehabilitated within ten years.

To combat that problem, the town agreed to a plan that would see $1.41 million committed annually over ten years to road work to help combat the deteriorating road system and get some of the more urgent projects completed.

Of the 226.48 kilometres of roads the town controls, about 30.5 per cent need work now while 23.3 per cent need work in the next 1-5 years. About 29 per cent need work within 6-10 years while the remained don’t need work for beyond a decade.

Less than four per cent of Amherstburg’s roads are considered to be in “excellent” condition, as compared to 20.16 per cent in LaSalle and 15.6 per cent in Tecumseh. As for roads in “good” condition, there are 23.38 per cent of roads in Amherstburg in that category as compared to 45.82 per cent in LaSalle and 29.7 per cent in Tecumseh.

Amherstburg has 16.75 per cent of its roads classified in “fairly good” condition with just over 22 per cent of LaSalle’s roads in that category. Tecumseh has 25.5 per cent of its roads classified as “fairly good.”

As for roads in “fair” condition, 27.72 per cent of Amherstburg’s roads fall in that category, as compared to 11.31 per cent in LaSalle and 23.9 per cent in Tecumseh. Amherstburg has nearly 29 per cent of its roads classified as “poor,” as compared to less than one per cent in LaSalle and 5.3 per cent in Tecumseh.

Tecumseh has 181.4 kilometres of road while LaSalle has 187.56 kilometres. They were used by Dillon Consulting as comparators as the firm did roads needs studies in those two municipalities as well over the last few years.

Expect to see more construction signs over the next decade as the town’s road system requires a lot of work. Meloche Road (pictured here, earlier this summer before the road re-opened) is one of the more recent projects the town has undertaken.

Councillor Leo Meloche wondered why the entire focus was on repairing roads that need it now as he said some priority should be put on some of the roads in the 1-5 year category. The poor roads are already poor but the roads in the 1-5 year category will soon join them if not tended to quicker.

“We’re always chasing our tail,” said Meloche.

Councillor Diane Pouget said she didn’t want residents to think it was a “doom and gloom” situation, and added Amherstburg has more roads than Tecumseh and LaSalle.

“That does make a difference,” she said.

Provincial downloading also made a difference, she suggested.

“I think the municipalities started getting into trouble when the province started downloading to us,” she said.

Councillor Rick Fryer pointed out chunks of cement are coming off of Angstrom Dr. and Victoria St. S. is also deteriorating. There are heavily travelled roads like Concession 2 North that are also in disrepair, calling that road “a thoroughfare to LaSalle. It’s one of the worst roads but people use it.”

Traffic counts should not be the only factor in choosing where road projects should be done, Fryer added, as smaller roads need attention too. He said the town should focus on roads instead of “not needed purchases.”

CAO John Miceli called an increase to $1.41 million annually “significant” and said challenges will be ensuring there are enough contractors to do the work and what prices the town gets when projects are put to tender.

“I would suggest the market will indicate where we are going to be,” he said.

Miceli added he would like to see $120,000 in the crack seal program budget to prolong the life of some of the roads.

Councillor Jason Lavigne said the current council has done a lot of road repairs in its first three years.

“I think this council spent more on roads than the last four councils combined,” he said, noting Texas Road and Meloche Road have been upgraded.

Lavigne wanted to know “what will keep politics out of this” when choosing where and when projects get done. Edmunds said all roads have been classified based on a pavement condition index (PCI) and that shows what roads are in the worst condition.

Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale also stated that more roads have been repaired this term whereas “in the past, we didn’t do so much.

“Everyone has seen the number of roads that have been fixed in the last little while,” said DiPasquale.

The last complete roads needs study was done by Dillon Consulting in 2003 with a condition assessment update done in 2013.

Sr. Cards lose to Walker Homesites, beat Tecumseh Sr.

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Cardinals’ first game of the week was a dismal 11-2 loss at the hands of Walker Homesites last Wednesday night.

The game was close through five innings as Walker Homesites put up two in the top half of the first inning, which was answered by a Josh Sikich RBI double in the bottom of the inning.
Walker Homesites followed that up with two more in the fifth to go up 4-1. After Amherstburg’s half of the inning, two from the visitors’ side were ejected – including a Walker Homesites’ fan.

Walker Homesites put up five more in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh. Amherstburg got its second run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Cole Lepine’s infield hit scored Matt Bassingthwaighte.

Defense was a key part of the game, as Amherstburg made five errors including a few dropped fly balls in the outfield. On the other hand, Walker Homesites made several nice plays in the field which prevented the Cardinals from scoring more runs.

Cole Lepine (9) slides into third base during last Wednesday night’s Essex County Senior League game at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg lost this game but won Monday night in Tecumseh.

Cole Lepine (9) slides into third base during last Wednesday night’s Essex County Senior League game at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg lost this game but won Monday night in Tecumseh.

Amherstburg manager Dennis Ouellette said they were missing five key players and it showed.

“You can tell that by what happened,” he said.

Mac Ouellette, who played first base and pitched in the loss, said they simply made too many errors.

“It was all errors,” he said. “We didn’t hit either. We’ll bounce back on Sunday.”

Mac Ouellette added “I’d rather get beat playing good defense and playing good ball.” He added that “it’s grind time as we’re trying to get second place for the playoffs and build for the OBA’s.”

The Cardinals were scheduled to play Sunday afternoon in Essex but that game was postponed.

Amherstburg capped the week Monday night at Lacasse Park in Tecumseh and beat the Tecumseh Sr. team 6-3. The win improved the Cardinals’ record to 10-8 on the Essex County Senior League schedule.

The next game for the Cardinals is Friday at 8:30 p.m. against Walker Homesites. That game is scheduled for Soulliere Field in Windsor.

Sr. Cards lose one, win one over the past week

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team lost a game and won a game over the past week.

The Cardinals first game of the week was an error-filled game against the Tecumseh Sr. team last Wednesday night at the Libro Centre.

Zack O’Donnell had a solid effort on the mound but mistakes in the field kept innings alive and it came back to bite Amherstburg and contributed to their 8-5 loss. The Thunder scored in every inning but the second, fifth and seventh, as they put up two runs in the first, two in the third, one in the fourth and three in the sixth inning.

Sr. Cardinals third baseman Brady Levack (12) tries to tag a Tecumseh base runner during July 5 action at the Libro Centre.

Sr. Cardinals third baseman Brady Levack (12) tries to tag a Tecumseh base runner during July 5 action at the Libro Centre.

The three in the sixth proved to be the difference as Amherstburg had crawled back in the fifth inning, tying the game at five. Errors proved costly for Tecumseh as well in the bottom of the fifth. A pair of bases loaded errors resulted in four runs scoring – two off of each error – with Brendon Seguin driving in the fifth run with a single.

Brady Levack went two-for-three in the game for the Sr. Cardinals.

“We made too many errors,” said coach Cliff Bechard. “That cost us the game.”

Bechard praised O’Donnell and said he pitched well.

“He just didn’t have the support behind him,” he said.

The inability to score in any inning but the fifth was the result of not getting the key hit when they needed it, Bechard added. The Cardinals were able to put runners in scoring position, but couldn’t drive them home in most of the innings.

“We just couldn’t get that key hit. That was costly for us.”

Amherstburg centrefielder Cody Brown reaches up to make a catch.

Amherstburg centrefielder Cody Brown reaches up to make a catch.

The Cardinals were on the road Sunday and won a high-scoring affair in Leamington. Amherstburg won an 11-10 decision.

Amherstburg now has seven wins and five losses on the 2017 season.

The Cardinals have only one more regular season home game left, and that is not until July 26 when they host Walker Homesites. In the meantime, they have three straight games in Woodslee including a Friday night game against the Woodslee 35+ team. They are back in Woodslee Sunday for a game against the Woodslee Sr. team and play the Woodslee Jr. team next Tuesday night.

Amherstburg police seeking info on people in relation to local investigation

 

 

The Amherstburg Police Service is seeking to identify three people in relation to an Amherstburg investigation after the trio attended a Tecumseh variety store.

Photo courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Photo courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

The three people – two males and a female – went to a Mac’s Milk location at 12317 Riverside Dr. East in Tecumseh last Monday. Amherstburg police say this relates to a recent incident they are working on but have not publicly commented further as the matter is still under investigation.

Police say the female has dark hair, a red jacket, a blue and gray toque with a large, dark-coloured purse. One of the males was identified as white with dark hair, a gray baseball hat, a dark heavy winter coat, dark pants, and black high top running shoes with white soles.

Photo courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Photo courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Photo courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Photo courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Photo courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Photo courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Photo courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Photo courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

The second male is described as white, wearing a black hoodie with a black-and-white image on the front possibly with the word “OBEY” written below in white on a red background. The man is also described as wearing dark-coloured pants with a white drawstring and a white image or writing on the left thigh, dark shoes with white around the soles.

Anyone with information on the identity of these individuals is asked to contact Const. Fred Adair at 519-736-8559 ext. 331, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.