In the last two months Hastings Drive has been closed by Norfolk County a total of 3 times, for approximately a week each time, as shown in the timeline below. Most of these closures line up with the LPRCA's flood watch warnings in effect for areas near the shoreline of Lake Erie. Yet, through local residents and live webcams on our family property located midway down Hastings Drive, none of these recent closures are at all close to the condition stated by the County. The actual condition of Hastings Drive during these time periods is very much to the contrary of these statements, with absolutely no hazards present (flood water or lake ice).
Are these recent Hastings Drive closures a precautionary measure by the County due to liability reasons of an unmaintained road? If so then why not state that, and why not have other precautionary closures in Long Point, Turkey Point and Port Dover, which are also susceptible to the Lake Erie flood warnings issued by LPRCA.
OR, is this a political move by County Staff to misinform and scare new council of frequent (false) hazards and closures on Hastings Drive, in an attempt to even further strip the few acquired private property rights that still remain? Coincident or not, this high influx of unsubstantiated Hastings Drive closures this year lines up directly after the February 12, 2019 Legal Non-Conforming Trailer Motion.
Mr. Chris Baird is the newly appointed GM of Public Works and Emergency Information Officer, and I am curious to know the current criteria being used for closing roads in Norfolk County and specifically for Hastings Drive? Since, in the last 2 months Hastings Drive has been singled out unnecessarily and wrongly closed for over a third of the time.
April 15, 2019:
Norfolk County Facebook NOTICE: Most of Hastings Drive in Long Point has been closed due to water on the roadway. The closure begins at 87 Hastings and continues west to the dead end.
Norfolk County Service Disruption website: Hastings Drive Closure - Long Point - Closure until further notice of Hastings Drive from Erie Boulevard to dead end - Reason: Water over road - This service will be unavailable from: 11:00 am, Monday, April 15, 2019 - To: Unknown
ACTUAL: Confirmed by local residents and Hastings live webcam that the road remained dry and untouched by the moderate South West wind driven water.
March 19, 2019: Norfolk County Twitter: Hastings Drive, previously closed between Erie Blvd. and the dead end, is now open. (* 9 Days Closed)
March 10, 2019:
Norfolk County Twitter: ROAD CLOSURE: Hastings Drive is closed from Erie Blvd. to the dead end, due to water and ice on the road.
ACTUAL: Confirmed by local residents and Hastings live webcam that the road remained dry and untouched by water and lake ice. The large ice sheet over the sandbar acted as a breakwall for all of Hastings Drive and held strong during the high winds. Live webcam screenshot shows a local resident walking their dog from their car.
February 24, 2019:
Norfolk Tourism Facebook: High winds are causing flooding along Lake Erie. This is Port Dover pier between 9am and 4pm today. Hastings Drive long Point closed.
Norfolk County Service Disruptions website: Hastings Drive Closure - Long Point - Closure until further notice of Hastings Drive from Erie Boulevard to dead end. NOTE: Full closure – absolutely no through traffic. Reason: ice and water over the road allowance.
Simcoe Reformer: Windstorm Packs a Punch - Especially hard hit during this time of high lake levels is Long Point. The entire length of Hastings Drive in Long Point is closed until further notice due to ice and water over the road allowance.
ACTUAL: Confirmed by local residents and Hastings live webcam that the entire stretch of Hastings Drive was bone dry and unaffected by the high winds. The breakwall of ice a couple hundred feet off of the sandbar held and kept the shore waters completely calm. No lake ice or water ever touched Hastings Drive during this extreme wind storm that had an icy 'blanket of death' that flooded many homes and roads in Port Dover, and Beach Ave in Long Point proper completely flooded out.
February 12, 2019 Council Meeting Minutes: Hastings Trailer Motion on Legal Non-Conforming
Original Motion: That Council supports in principle that all Recreational Vehicle or trailer usages in place on Hastings Drive prior the April 18, 2018 be upheld as legal non-conforming uses.
Revised Motion: THAT Council supports in principle that all Recreational Vehicle or trailer usages in place on Hasting Drive prior to 1-Z-2014 coming into force and used continuously since that time be upheld as legal non-conforming uses.
Carried Motion: THAT Norfolk County Council direct the County Solicitor to withdraw the County’s response on the ongoing civil litigation on Hastings Drive; AND THAT Council relies upon the outcome decision of the court, which is expected to provide guidance on the issue of legal non-conforming.