Wednesday, April 30, 2008

First Street Reconstruction Started

The long standing joke is that Canada has two seasons, winter and road construction. Relative to Collingwood the latter is a good thing as the pace of growth in our town has certainly exceeded the implementation of infrastructure (road) improvements.
Collingwood Municipal Utility Services recently issued a "Construction Newsletter" summarizing the reconstruction of First Street from Minnesota through High Streets. In preparation of the forthcoming roadwork which will start later this summer (pending budget approval), utility companies including COLLUS, Bell and Rogers have commenced relocating their respective services hence the large trench in front of the LCBO. Trenching will be required along both the north and south sides of First Street for cable and wiring installations with other work including the removal and or relocation of utility poles etc.
With First Street essentially performing the role of a Provincial highway (#26) through town, this work is long overdue and when completed will be a welcomed relief to both motorists and pedestrians alike. According to the town's newsletter, every attempt will be made to minimize traffic disruptions and access to both businesses and residences alike, but they are bound to happen and everyone is urged to exercise both caution and patience during this period of construction.
Hopefully this reconstruction work will incorporate some of the suggestions brought forth in the Vision 20/20 document of a few years ago, suggestions that were intended not only to improve traffic flow but to also enhance the First Street landscape. As a community whose economy is increasingly tied to tourism and that of being an attractive and desirable place for persons to retire, it is imperative that a positve image and impact is made on both visitors as well as those just passing through on their way elsewhere.
If you wish to obtain a copy of the town's construction newsletter, please feel free to email me.

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.