Action coming on Hastings Drive shoreline

Norfolk County hopes to have its share of the Hastings Drive shoreline in Long Point stabilized by the end of the month.

Wednesday, Norfolk council unanimously approved hiring a contractor to re-position armour stone and other breakwall materials along county property that have toppled into the lake in recent years.

Mayor Kristal Chopp told council ther

e is a contractor available who has done this work in the past and that the job shouldn’t cost more than $10,000.

“I think we’re getting a real deal for $10,000,” said Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus.

Norfolk County owns 49 vacant lots along the Hastings Drive shoreline. The properties used to have cottages but many of them were damaged or destroyed during a severe winter storm 35 years ago. That storm caused so much damage because it struck at a time of high water levels in Lake Erie.

At the July 2 meeting of Norfolk council, Hastings Drive property owners complained that they were doing their share to fortify the shoreline now that Lake Erie is again at record high levels. The Hastings Drive road allowance – which features a compressed sand surface — is unaffected in areas that have private breakwalls.

However, wave action is encroaching on sections of the Hastings Drive road allowance abutting county property. At the July 2 meeting, council was asked to take measures to keep the road passable.

Norfolk County has a permit for the work from the Long Point Region Conservation Authority. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests has asked to see a plan for shoreline rehabilitation that respects the habitat of species-at-risk.

Interim CAO Harry Schlange told council Wednesday that – “out of an abundance of caution” — it should discuss the fortification plan with MNRF before resetting the breakwall. However, council agreed to move forward given the limited time left to get the work done before the fall weather sets in.

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