The city recognizes the responsibility of Community Action Networks in “social, environmental and economic areas.”
Responding to this directive, the Minnow Lake CAN and Restoration Group, with the support of the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance, expressed concern, in particular with regards to the increased untreated surface water runoff from the additional road area and covered drainage ditches that would flow into Lake Ramsey, which is already stressed.
Other concerns expressed were related to air quality and resultant health issues with the closer proximity of the widened roadway to residential, park and commercial areas and the new signalled intersection.
There is no intent to stop the project, as the value of improving the roadway and intersections involved is recognized. However, it is felt a more detailed assessment and evaluation is required, with options presented for public consideration, and resulting in a suitable, but not necessarily more expensive, plan. More information can be obtained at minnowlake.ca.
Chair, Minnow Lake Community Action Network