Friday, June 23, 2017


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Suggestion For Addressing Rural Bridges


With respect to modern day engineering firms , no one will endorse repairing a 75-year-old bridge and stake their reputation on it. There are too many unknowns. So you get everyone recommending new bridges, built to current standards, even if these standards are way over the top for two single lane short span bridges.

Meaford should just take the initiative and repair these two bridges to the tune of $100,000 each (approx.) With modern bonding, mortar, rebar, and coatings technologies these bridges could easily serve another 75 years if maintained properly. You are not going to get any guarantees or warranties. Just get a local masonry company and go to it. These are rural single lane bridges, it is not rocket science.

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Meaford is Fantastic!

Dear Editor,

As a frequent visitor to Meaford, Ontario, I just wanted to take a few moments and write about how great the town is. Too many times when I am visiting and I read the “Letters to the Editor” section of the Meaford Independent I see negative comments and reviews about the town. I don’t live there so I am sure there are things I am not aware of and cannot comment on but each time I visit I am pleasantly surrounded by the beauty of the town and the hospitality of the people who live there.

First I would like to start by saying that Meaford’s landscape and scenery are beautiful. Walking along the water is so peaceful and there are many outdoor trails you can enjoy and take in the natural surroundings.

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GBHS Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The Editor,

I attended Tuesday night’s Public Meeting against downsizing OUR Meaford Hospital.

Excellent turn out. Excellent points by our doctors, Training Base Rep., and individuals. Grey Bruce Health Services CEO and Meaford Hospital Board Chair are between a rock and a hard place. LHIN tells them 'Funding Formula' has changed, meaning more budgets cuts. They have no choice but to cut back because they are not permitted to run deficits. The 'Funding formula' was changed from a 'NEEDS' formula to 'fixed budget' formula.

There were a couple of elephants in the hall:

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