Residents urged to be mindful of property encroachments

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Chatham-Kent public works staff are reminding residents to remove any encroachments on municipal property.

In a release, the municipality stated the Ontario Minimum Maintenance Standards were developed to provide municipalities with a defence against liability from actions with respect to levels of care on roads and bridges.

“As with other enforcement endeavours, our goal is compliance. We are asking residents to voluntarily move any personal property from the municipal right-of-way,” said Ryan Brown, director of public works.

“Unauthorized encroachments can be a safety hazard for pedestrians and drivers. They can also block access to underground utilities or interfere with road maintenance and snow removal operations.”

If the street has a curb and gutter, residents are asked to pull an unattended basketball or hockey net, or skateboard ramp, for example, back far enough so the front portion of the rim or frame is at least 60 centimetres behind the property line, Brown added.

For areas with granular or grassed shoulders and ditches, ensure a minimum of six metres back from the edge of the road surface.

The municipality also stated it doesn’t take responsibility for any private encroachment damaged as a result of road repair, construction, snow removal or street cleaning.

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