As you are aware the Milne Road Bridge at the damn is deteriorating and in serious need of repair/replacement. Before any work can be accomplished it is required that a Cultural Heritage Evaluation Report must be prepared. Below is an email received for Pat Dibb, if anyone would like to add anything pro or con against the bridge replacement please send them along. Please respond as soon as possible Bracebridge is wanting to proceed with construction before snow!!!
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From: "Pat Dibb" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, September 28, 2013 3:12 PM
Subject: Milne Road Bridge
> York North Archaeological Services Inc. (in Peterborough) has been given the contract to conduct a Cultural Heritage Evaluation Report of the Milne Road Bridge as part of the EA process. The Town of Bracebridge has recently changed the limit on the bridge (to 5 ton). Because the bridge is over 40 years old a cultural heritage assessment is required. Inquiries have been made to the Town of Bracebridge and the Ontario Heritage Trust for some background information for this area. Some of the questions asked included:
> 1) Has a notion or intention to designate any properties within the study area or abutting the study area been filed by the Municipality for the property?
> 2 Is the bridge area subject to a municipal easement agreement?
> 3) is the property of, abutting or located within a designated Heritage Conservation District?
> 4) Does the municipality have an archaeological master plan that covers the project area?
> 5) Are any structures/vistas in the project area listed on a municipal heritage register?
> 6)Is there a municipal Plaque in the subject or abutting area?
> 7)Is the property abutting a park or planned designated recreational community or community space?
> The questions above phrased somewhat differently were also sent to the Ontario Heritage Trust.
> Since most of your members are up only during the summer YNAS would appreciate hearing from anyone who has knowledge of the area, they would like to share. Do you consider the current Milne Road bridge to have any heritage value or interest?
> During our trip to the bridge done just this past week we spoke to two long time residents who expressed no doubt the concerns of many, regarding not only the safety issues (capacity, access by suppliers (gas, wood, road grader, snow removal) now that the capacity of the bridge has been reduced.
> If anyone would like to add anything pro or con against the bridge replacement please send them along. Please respond as soon as possible Bracebridge is wanting to proceed with construction before snow.
> Thank you for your time and thoughts.
> Yours truly,
> Pat & Gordon Dibb
> Senior Archaeologists