Front Road North

Town council moving forward with LED lighting program

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The town’s street lights in the public right-of-ways are changing over to LED fixtures with the project to begin this year.

Town council awarded a tender valued at over $1.18 million to Anchor Hydro, an Amherstburg-based company with the amount to be budgeted over seven years. Administration hopes that the savings produced from the LED lights will also help pay for the project even quicker.

“Hallelujah. To get the LED program going for the town is fantastic,” said Councillor Rick Fryer, who had long championed the conversion of the street lights to LED fixtures.

“It’s gratifying to see the town is saving money, saving energy and looking for future generations,” he added after Monday night’s meeting.

Town council also will see what the cost will be to complete the lighting of Front Road North as an RFP will be put out to see what the cost will be to illuminate the stretch between Ranta Marina and Malden Road. Fryer called that unlighted stretch “dangerous” and that putting lights on that remaining stretch would mean the highway would have street lights from Amherstburg to Windsor.

LED lights will be installed this year all over Amherstburg, many similar to the LED lights currently on Meloche Road (pictured).

Councillor Leo Meloche didn’t oppose the LED lighting program, but had questions as it pertained to cost. He said $450,000 was earmarked in the 2018 budget for the project but said after the meeting he accepted administration’s explanation, though, added he wished the explanation would have come sooner.

Meloche stated during the meeting that he wondered how the Front Road North was “slid into” the proposal, believing it was a separate project.

“I think it should have been split up,” he said.

Meloche added after the meeting he was satistifed with the explanation there as well, as it could be discussed in future budget sessions.

CAO John Miceli said the motion was to issue an RFP and that would give council a better gauge on what the project would cost.

“What we are doing is fact-finding to see how much it would cost,” added Miceli.

Miceli stated the town projects that the savings from the LED program would help pay for the entire project.

“We confidently believe the operational savings we are going to have through the LED program will fund the LED program,” the chief administrative officer stated.

According to a report from manager of engineering Todd Hewitt, Amherstburg paid $228,573.69 in streetlight utility costs

“Converting the Town’s streetlights to LED will reduce this cost significantly,” Hewitt stated in his report.

Hewitt told town council he believes it is a “win-win” for the town to convert, noting they are saving energy and money in the long run by doing so.

“The new cobrahead lights will be manufactured by LED Roadway Lighting (LRL) and come with a 20 year limited replacement warranty. All components are covered for full replacement for the first 10 years with a pro-rated replacement on some components in years 11 to 20,” Hewitt added in his report. “The decorative fixtures will be manufactured by King Luminaire and come with a 10-year full replacement warranty. Anchor Hydro has included a five-year warranty to cover all labour involved with the replacement of faulty fixtures.”

Councillor Diane Pouget said the town will increase safety for the residents and achieve a cost savings with the LED program.

“As Todd said, it’s a win-win situation,” she stated.

As for the illumination of the stretch of Front Road North, she added “if the RFP comes back too high, we can reject it. It’s a request.”

Councillor Joan Courtney indicated she is hopeful that the Front Road North stretch will be lit up.

“I have travelled there at night when it is raining. You can’t see the lines,” she said. “It’s a liability. It’s a wonder there haven’t been more accidents.”

Damage estimated at $150,000 after Front Road North garage fire

 

By Ron Giofu

A garage fire on Front Road North caused roughly $150,000 in damage Sunday afternoon, states the Amherstburg Fire Department.

Amherstburg firefighters cut their way into a garage in the 1900 block of Front Road North Sunday afternoon. Total damage is estimated at $150,000.

Amherstburg firefighters cut their way into a garage in the 1900 block of Front Road North Sunday afternoon. Total damage is estimated at $150,000.

The fire department states that $50,000 damage was to the garage itself while $100,000 in contents were damaged. Deputy Fire Chief Lee Tome said some items, such as dirt bikes and an ATV, were able to be removed from the garage by the owner.

The homeowner had been in the garage roughly ten minutes prior to the fire being noticed, said Tome. The owner then was in a back field at which point smoke was noticed and the fire department contacted. That was at roughly 1:20 p.m. The fire department says the garage was fully involved on arrival.

Amherstburg firefighters were at the scene of a Front Road North garage fire for roughly two hours Sunday afternoon. There were no injuries.

Amherstburg firefighters were at the scene of a Front Road North garage fire for roughly two hours Sunday afternoon. There were no injuries.

Firefighters were on the scene, which was at 1981 Front Road North, for roughly two hours. Station 2 crews first responded with Station 1 firefighters also attending the call.

The blaze originated in area of battery charger and inverter in garage, Tome later tweeted, with “significant damage to interior of garage.” There were no injuries.

Two separate incidents of excessive speeding lead to charges

 

 

The Amherstburg Police Service have charged pair of separate drivers with racing after they were allegedly driving at high rates of speed.

Police state that over the past two weeks, officers have clocked vehicles travelling at extreme high rates of speed leading to charges and driver license suspensions.

Amherstburg police were conducting mobile radar on Sandwich St. N. near Brunner Ave. around 7 p.m. Aug. 28 when the officer observed a motorcycle travelling northbound at a high rate of speed. Police say the silver 2006 Kawasaki was clocked on radar at 167km/hr in a posted 50km/hr zone, an excessive speed of 117 km/hr over the posted speed limit.

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The driver, a 27-year-old man from LaSalle, was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with adult race a motor vehicle – excessive speed. Police say the driver’s license was suspended and his vehicle impounded for seven days.

In a separate incident this past Thursday, police observed a blue, 2007 Mazda MA5 4 door hatchback travelling northbound in the curb lane of Front Rd N. According to police, the vehicle was clocked on radar at 130km/hr in a posted 70 km/hr zone, 60 Km/hr over the posted speed limit.

The driver, a 19-year-old man from Windsor, has been charged with adult race a motor vehicle – Stunt section. The driver’s license has been suspended and his vehicle impounded for seven days.

If convicted, police say both drivers could face a fine between $2,000 and $10,000, six demerit points, up to six months in jail and up to a two-year license suspension for a first conviction.

 

House fire damages newly-built Front Road North home

 

By Ron Giofu

A house fire at 744 Front Road North resulted in no injuries but extensive smoke and water damage to the home.

The fire, reported at approximately 7:30 a.m. Thursday, was to a newly-built home that Amherstburg fire officials say the homeowners were supposed to move into that day. Lee Tome, assistant deputy fire chief, said the contractor smelled smoke upon arrival at the home and called the fire department.

Amherstburg firefighters attended a newly built Front Road North home for a fire call Thursday morning. Fire officials say the homeowners were scheduled to move into the home the same day.

Amherstburg firefighters attended a newly built Front Road North home for a fire call Thursday morning. Fire officials say the homeowners were scheduled to move into the home the same day.

Smoke was mainly in the interior of the home and not on the exterior, Tome said. The fire was contained to a living room area on the main floor, he added, and appears to have self-extinguished after apparently “smoldering for many hours.

“It burned part of the floor which hit a water line and that could have extinguished the fire,” said Tome.

The water damage was in the main floor and basement of the home, Tome added.

As of 9 a.m., there was no damage estimate or cause for the fire. Fire crews were starting to pack up and leave the scene, though there were still some traffic restrictions at that hour as the southbound lane of Front Road North had been blocked while the northbound lane was proceeding slowly.

(UPDATE: As of Thursday evening, fire crews had given an estimate of $500,000 damage to the home. The cause is still under investigation, states the fire department.)

(UPDATE 2: The Amherstburg Fire Department stated Friday afternoon that rags used in the staining process self-heated and caused fire and smoke damage.)

Front Road North house fire causes roughly $250,000 in damage

 

By RTT Staff

A fire at a Front Road North home caused a portion of the roadway to be closed for several hours and resulted in $250,000 damage to the home.

The Amherstburg Fire Department attended a home in the 2300 block of Front Road North Saturday night near the LaSalle border and found heavy smoke coming from the home. All three Amherstburg stations attended with additional assistance coming from the LaSalle Fire Department.

Amherstburg and LaSalle firefighters battled a house fire in the 2300 block of Front Road North late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. The fire caused roughly $250,000 in damage. (Amherstburg Fire Department photo)

Amherstburg and LaSalle firefighters battled a house fire in the 2300 block of Front Road North late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. The fire caused roughly $250,000 in damage. (Amherstburg Fire Department photo)

The Amherstburg Fire Department reported in the early morning hours of Sunday that the fire had been extinguished. The cause of the the fire is undetermined and the building is unsafe to enter.

Fire officials reported there was “extensive damage” to the home and its contents, noting the main floor collapsed into the basement causing the home to be unsafe to enter.

No injuries were reported.

Front Road North was reopened to traffic early Sunday morning.