Exit 40 concerns raised at Mulgrave council

By Helen Murphy    

MULGRAVE – Access to the Town of Mulgrave from the Trans Canada Highway at Exit 40 in Auld's Cove is the site of many close calls, prompting residents and town council to call for action to make it safer. At the regular meeting of town council on Monday night, the issue was raised from the gallery and councillors discussed the dangers at the site, where Irving now has a service station.

At the last meeting of council it was noted that letters had been written to Irving and the Minister of Transportation about local concerns around close calls at the exit.

CAO Darlene Berthier Sampson told The Journal Tuesday she had heard back from a representative of Irving and the company appears to be taking the issue seriously.

"That's a significant concern in the community right now," she said, noting that of the 20 or so people at the meeting last night, including councillors and staff, "probably five or six in the room have experienced close calls at that intersection."

The town is now lobbying the Dept. of Transportation to identify the risk and "we're quite confident that the Irvings themselves would not want to have a dangerous intersection there and have a head-on collision in front of one of their new sites," she said.

"They (Irving) responded to our letter quickly, so that is very positive."

Addressing safety at the site is a provincial responsibility, and Berthier Sampson said the town has been told that the province is doing an assessment of the area.

"Our letter to them urged them to expedite that process."

In other business, the recreation report shared a positive response to the indoor walking program at the community school building, where the town offices and recreation programming are now located. A dinner theatre in support of the facility, featuring the Guysborough Players, is scheduled for Nov. 16.

The town is currently installing tanks to convert to bio-fuel supplied by local business DSM to lower its carbon footprint and hopefully cost, said Berthier Sampson.

Also, at Monday's meeting, the town's auditor presented the consolidated audit report. The document was to be added to the town's website on Tuesday.

Councillor Robert Russell was sworn in as Mulgrave's new deputy mayor.At the last meeting of council it was was noted that letters had been written to Irving and the Minister of Transportation about local concerns around close calls at the exit.

CAO Darlene Berthier Sampson told The Journal Tuesday she had heard back from a representative of Irving and the company appears to be taking the issue seriously.

"That's a significant concern in the community right now," she said, noting that of the 20 or so people at the meeting last night, including councillors and staff, "probably five or six in the room have experienced close calls at that intersection."

The town is now lobbying the Dept. of Transportation to identify the risk and "we're quite confident that the Irvings themselves would not want to have a dangerous intersection there and have a head-on collision in front of one of their new sites," she said.

"They (Irving) responded to our letter quickly, so that is very positive."

Addressing safety at the site is a provincial responsibility, and Berthier Sampson said the town has been told that the province is doing an assessment of the area.

"Our letter to them urged them to expedite that process."

In other business, the recreation report shared a positive response to the indoor walking program at the community school building, where the town offices and recreation programming are now located. A dinner theatre in support of the facility, featuring the Guysborough Players, is scheduled for Nov. 16.

The town is currently installing tanks to convert to bio-fuel supplied by local business DSM to lower its carbon footprint and hopefully cost, said Berthier Sampson.

Also at Monday's meeting, the town's auditor presented the consolidated audit report. The document was to be added to the town's website on Tuesday.

Councillor Robert Russell was sworn in as Mulgrave's new deputy mayor.