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Vol. 125 — No. 29

AYR, ONTARIO, WEDNESDAY, August 3rd, 2022

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Waterloo Regional Police respond to 15 motorcycle collisions in six weeks

Between June 1 and July 12, Waterloo Regional Police officers responded to 15 collisions involving motorcycles, and so far this year, there have been 31 collisions involving motorcycles. Eight of the collisions resulted in major injuries. While the number of collisions so far this year is comparable to 2021, the number of collisions resulting in major injuries has increased by 60% in 2022. Speed, attentiveness and turning movements were frequently identified as contributing factors to these collisions. Waterloo Regional Police say

that whether you are a motorcyclist or other motorist, please consider the following tips to help make the roads safer for everyone: share the road and give motorcycles extra space; look twice before changing lanes; be seen – do your best to stay out of a driver’s blind spot; ensure your vehicle has proper brakes and lighting; utilize all the required safety equipment, including helmets and seat belts; stay alert and avoid distractions that will take your mind off driving or your eyes off the road; be ready to yield as a motorcycle is often closer than it seems and it can be hard to tell how fast they are travelling.

North Dumfries Engineering and Public Works Director Lee Robinson with excited local hockey players Ethan Leggo (left) and Ethan Haw (right).

NO CONSTRUCTION DATE SET

Firm is hired to design second ice pad at NDCC

BLANDFORD-BLENHEIM FIRE STATIONS BATTLE TO SAVE RICHWOOD BARN – Firefighters from Drumbo, Bright, Plattsville and Princeton were on the scene of a barn fire at the Perry Farm at 767382 Township Road 5 on Monday, August 1. The fire was reported at approximately 9:45 a.m. and sheep housed were reported to have been out of the barn.

By Irene Schmidt-Adeney No date is set yet for construction, but North Dumfries Council is moving forward with the design of a second ice pad at the North Dumfries Community Complex (NDCC). Council accepted the tender submitted by Moon-Matz Ltd. at a meeting held on Monday, July 11. The cost of the design work is $339,800 (plus HST) and the contingency fund is $44,969.52. Council approved $390,750 for the work in the 2022 budget. Moon-Matz, a firm based in Oakville, was the lowest of three tenders received, and received the highest number of compliance points. The work being completed includes: completion of a functional review of the overall existing facility to recommend solutions to current functional issues; preliminary and detailed

design of the proposed renovations within the existing facility; preliminary and detailed design of the proposed additional ice pad, seating, additional change rooms and additional community programming space; construction cost estimates for all work; preparation of fully complete tender-ready construction documents for all work and; assistance during tender period if necessary, evaluate bids, and provide a recommendation for the award. The second ice pad will be 85 x 200 feet, the same size as the original ice pad, but with only 200 seats. The Township hired SAFFA Engineering for geotechnical services and J.H. Gelbloom for surveying services that will be required during the design phase of the project. Work on the design is expected to begin in August.