Algonquin Highlands is sticking to an advisory role in the issue of parking on private roads.

At a regular meeting of the council, Algonquin Highlands councillors decided the best course of action to handle parking issues on 25th Line was purely to advise the Maple Lake Association on where to purchase and install signs.

The Maple Lake Association brought a complaint forward to the township, raising concerns over people parking at the intersection of 25th Line and Providence Drive. According to a report prepared by Adam Thorn, the Operations Manager of the Department of Public Works, the concerns were that cars are blocking access to the roads and potentially stopping vehicles from entering or leaving the private property. Which was a point of concern after it was noted that a person was not able to drive themselves to the hospital because the road was blocked.

Thorn suggested to council that the township do nothing beyond advising the association because its options were limited and perhaps costly. Thorn says the town could in-theory take over the unopened road allowance that the problem area rests on but adds that could be costly because that would mean the road would have to be brought up to standard and the township would need to pass a bylaw to assume the road. As well as the costs attached to maintaining and enforcing parking bylaws.

Mayor Carol Moffatt, pointed out in this scenario there is no grey area, either the township takes over the road allowance or it does not. Algonquin Highlands Deputy Mayor, Liz Danielson raised some concerns, suggesting that it is unfortunate that the township and Maple Lake Estates has to rely on the good graces of people going down that road.

After discussion, Thorn’s suggestion of simply advising the association on how to get signs and where to put them was approved.