Irish Headline Road work held up by South Dundas council, says North Dundas CAO

In this diagram from a South Dundas council agenda, councillors are upset with the condition of Irish Headline Road even after work was done on the road in 2016. The township is waiting to see what North Dundas plans to do to repair the road. (South Dundas via Newswatch Group)

SOUTH DUNDAS/NORTH DUNDAS – The Township of North Dundas is standing its ground on Irish Headline Road.

At the same time, it’s also accusing South Dundas of holding up any work being done this year.

In a letter dated June 28, North Dundas CAO Angela Rutley has indicated the northern council has reaffirmed its stance that if any additional work is requested by South Dundas councillors, it’s on their dime.

A road condition report by Exp Services Inc. recommended about $10,000 in work to the shoulders of the road, split 50-50 between the two townships.

Irish Headline Road is a four kilometer boundary road between the two townships, running from County Road 1 to County Road 16.

But South Dundas council disagreed with the engineering report in March and recommended another layer of pavement and a proper crown be added to the road. They also wanted a meeting with North Dundas.

Meanwhile, a petition came to both councils from Irish Headline Road residents.

“Our council reaffirmed for the third time their support of the recommendation of the engineering firm and staff and their agreement to undertake the recommended shoulder work. For this reason council has denied your request for a meeting for further discussion on this issue,” CAO Angela Rutley wrote.

“I understand from our Director of Public Works that the trimming of the shoulders has been delayed, pending a final decision from South Dundas Council on the status of the road,” Rutley added.

South Dundas council will discuss the issue tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m.