Dear friends and neighbours,
Last week following the fire at my neighbour’s cottage, I produced a leaflet explaining what a total fire ban means. Although this fire was the result of sheer stupidity (according to the Chief Fire Official it was caused when guests discarded charcoal from a barbecue), I was concerned that maybe other neighbours were not aware of the fire ban or its implications. This proved to be the case as to date there were eight families on Tamarack Road alone who were unaware and had failed to see the Township’s signs.
Township signage does exist, I understand from the Mayor, on the entrance to Ohio Road — but not Chippawa Road. However this signage too has proved to be totally inadequate as our neighbour (whose cottage on the Madawaska overlooks Ohio Road) reported seeing numerous camp fires burning on that side of the river, just hours after the fire on Tamarack Road had been extinguished.
Clearly something was amiss here so I expressed my concerns to the Mayor and requested more prominent signage, particularly on roads that have large numbers of seasonal cottages. I also asked for more proactive policing of the fire ban. I understand from the Mayor that there is no funding to accommodate either of these requests and that their current efforts should prove adequate.
I then spent my own time and money producing the sign which now stands at the entrance to Chippawa Road. I have asked friends and neighbours to forward my information leaflet to any neighbours and friends if they think this would be helpful.
Acts of God we cannot prevent but let’s minimise the human factor.
Best wishes and keep safe.