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Let Farm Pointers enjoy their summer, sans guardrails

May 16th,2024 | Opinion

The Editor,

As a long-time resident of Chelsea, I am writing to express my disappointment in the decision to renege on the promise to provide openings in the guardrails for community dock owners in Farm Point (“Chelsea reneges on guardrail promise in Farm Point” Low Down, May 8 edition).

I understand that safety concerns have been cited for this decision. However, as a 30-year resident driving River Road, I can attest that there has never been an issue with not having these guardrails in the past. Furthermore, as the steward of the community’s money, the municipality should make decisions that are in the best interest of the residents who, through their taxes, contribute significantly to any improvements. It is disheartening to see that the council is not prioritizing the River Road community’s needs in this regard.

I understand that a study is being conducted to determine whether openings can be safely installed. It is important to consider that repairs to the road have inadvertently made it easier for vehicles to speed, and the continuous guardrail has detracted from the river’s natural beauty, changing the rural feel of River Road to that of a highway. 

Unfortunately, the municipality appears risk-averse and unwilling to make simple decisions without consulting a consultant. As custodians of the community’s money, the mayor should strive to act in the best interest of the residents affected by the guard rail change. I trust you will do the right thing and spend the money to correct the error made in the first place. Let the residents enjoy their summer as they always have and get on with it.

Kensel Tracy 

Chelsea, QC

Editor’s note: According to the Low Down’s reporting on this issue, Chelsea council is not currently conducting a study to determine if the guardrails can be opened. A study could be done in the future, but nothing is ongoing at the moment. 

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