Algonquin Highlands is supporting the Haliburton County Snowmobile Association’s efforts to repair a bridge. The H.C.S.A. asked for and received, $8,000 from council to go towards replacing the top five logs on both cribs for the bridge. The association got three quotes last and says the most viable one is at just under $110,000. Mayor Carol Moffatt says even though council agreed to pledge the money, some members were uncomfortable.

The H.C.S.A. will match council’s contribution and officials say a local contribution is an important part of its grant application to the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs. Moffatt adds some councillors feel that the bridge is part of Algonquin Highlands’ infrastructure.

The bridge is used by hikers in the summer and sledders in the winter. According to the H.C.S.A. the bridge can currently handle trail walkers and snowmobiles. The township would not be on the hook for its pledge if the grant application is unsuccessful.

The application needs to be submitted by October.