‘It’s been a mess’: roundabout weeds upset councillors

Weeds encroach on part of the Long Sault roundabout at Mille Roches Road on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The municipal leaders in South Stormont and South Dundas are not happy with the current state of the plants in the County Road 2 roundabouts but have differing opinions on how it should be handled. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

SD&G – While, in some cases, begrudgingly taking on roundabouts, municipal leaders in South Dundas and South Stormont are not happy with how they’re looking.

There are two roundabouts in South Stormont and one in South Dundas – all along County Road 2.

The problem came up last week as county council was discussing guidelines for roadside weed cutting and snowplowing. With the new traffic feature in SD&G, there are no minimum standards for maintenance of the green space.

But both municipalities have differing views on who should be handling the feature.

South Dundas Mayor Evonne Delegarde and South Stormont Deputy Mayor Tammy Hart speak with county transportation and planning staff following a council meeting on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Both municipal leaders are not happy with the current state of flowers and plants in the center of their roundabouts on County Road 2. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Coun. Evonne Delegarde, the mayor of South Dundas, says things have been in limbo because the contractor hasn’t done the final touches at County Road 1.

“The ownership is not even in the municipality’s hands but we do get the complaints from all of our residents,” Delegarde told Cornwall Newswatch.

“We need a solution going forward. It is our gateway. We want to make sure that it is enhanced and it is visually pleasing. That is our tourist route coming in off the 401. We have the campsite, the locks and even people coming to Upper Canada Village sometimes get off at Iroquois,” Delegarde said.

The South Dundas mayor believes they will be doing “additional work” to the roundabout “probably more frequently than what the counties would be doing.” The mayor envisioned a “Welcome to South Dundas” sign, which would “trigger the municipality being responsible.”

During the council meeting, she said the vegetation has “been a mess all summer long.”

Coun. Tammy Hart, deputy mayor of South Stormont, says her municipality doesn’t have the money to take care of landscaping in the two county roundabouts.

“Furthermore, we weren’t consulted in my mind about all the vegetation that went there, as far as the shrubs and everything else, so if this is something that the counties have done, let them pay for it,” Hart told CNW.

“We already have a tough time maintaining what we’ve got,” she added.

County staff will be coming back with minimum standard criteria for a meeting in the future.

Weeds sprout up between the flowers while other plants have died in the center of the County Road 2 roundabout at Mille Roches Road in Long Sault, Ont. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Municipal leaders in South Stormont and South Dundas are not happy with the state of vegetation. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)