The Public Works Department is responsible for approximately 250km of municipal roads, & 14 bridge structures. The ongoing maintenance and patrolling of these assets are fundamental duties of the department.
Civic addresses are assigned by the Township at the time a new lot (severance or subdivision) is established and when an entrance is being created or changed, regardless of whether there is a structure on the property. A civic address is also required prior to the issuance of a building permit.
Once the application and payment has been received, the Township will visit the location and measure/calculate the address number and install the proper signage.
If the civic address blade and/or post are subsequently damaged or stolen, it is the responsibility of the property owner to purchase a new post and/or blade.
Civic Address Sign & Post $70.00 (Township installs)
Replacement Sign only, $40.00
Replacement Post only, $30.00
An Entrance Permit is required to establish an entranceway onto a property from a Township road. A payment of $1,000 ($100 fee, $900 deposit) must be submitted with the application. Residents will need to post an entrance permit ‘placard’ in the proposed entrance location prior to township staff conducting a preliminary inspection.
While residents may download the entrance application and mail it in with a payment, the Township cannot process an application until the resident has picked up and posted the placard to mark the preferred entrance location.
An Entrance Permit is required from the County of Lanark Public Works Department to establish an entranceway onto a property from a County road.
An Entrance Permit is required from the Ministry of Transportation to establish an entranceway onto a property from Provincial Highway 7.
Half Load Restrictions
Municipal roads are subject to a seasonal reduced load limit during the "spring break up" period when the road base is at its weakest. The posting of load restrictions may vary; however, the signs are generally posted to restrict loads to five thousand (5,000) kilograms per axle between March 1st and May 15th of each year. Signs will be posted when it is deemed advisable to protect the road base from damage and removed when the restrictions are no longer needed.
If you have a concern that noxious weeds, located on the Township's road allowance, are negatively impacting agriculture or horticulture, please contact the Public Works Department to assess. In the case where the Township and landowner do not agree, the landowner may file a complaint with the County and the Weed Inspector will conduct an assessment to determine if an order should be issued to destroy the weeds.
For further enquiries contact the County Weed Inspector at 613-267-1353 or Toll Free 1-888-952-9675.
The Township may need to deal with potential flood threats caused by beaver dams, where dams occur on township property, the municipality has authority to remove or alter the dams to ensure the negative impacts of flooding on a Township road or property is minimized or controlled.
While preforming routine road patrols or in receiving comments or complaints from the public the Public Works Department may become aware of beaver activities that represent potential problems for municipal property or infrastructure. In these instances the Public Works Department will make an assessment as to whether municipal property is or soon will be damaged as a result of beaver activities and identify the safest and most effective method to address problems associated with these activates.
If the beaver dam or blockage is located on municipal property, the Public Works Department will remove the dam or blockage if there are risks to public safety or property, and may contact a licensed trapper to trap or dispatch the beaver(s).
If the beaver dam is located on private property, the landowner will be asked; in writing by the Public Works Department to have the dam removed or altered in such as manner as to prevent flooding damage to adjacent municipal property. Alternatively, the landowner’s permission will be obtained in writing for a Township representative to enter onto the property to remove or alter the dam.
Off Road Vehicles
There are different rules and regulations for the use of All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) on Township, County, Provincial and Private Roads.
As per the Township ATV By-law 2013-10 (link):
- An all-terrain vehicle shall have visible reflective strips maintained on all four sides of the vehicles.
- An all-terrain vehicle shall NOT have chains or studs on its tires.
- Curfew. Despite any section in this By-law, no person shall operate an all-terrain vehicle on a highway between the hours of 11:00 p.m. on any day and 4:00 a.m. of the next following day.
- Boundary Roads. Regulations will be posted on boundary roads by the Township of Drummond/North Elmsley where the regulations under All Terrain Vehicles By-Laws are different or non-existent in neighbouring municipalities.
The County of Lanark also permits the operation of off-road vehicles on their roads, except in Perth, Carleton Place and Almonte; County Roads 1, 7B, 10, 16A, 17 and 29 cannot be driven on.
ATVs cannot be driven at speeds of greater than 20 kilometers per hour on roads with limits of not greater than 50 km/h, and they cannot exceed 50 km/h on roads with speed limits of greater than 50 km/h.
The County has also established a curfew prohibiting ATV operation between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. on county roads. Other provisions include the necessity of having reflective strips on all four sides of the vehicles and no chains or studs on the tires. ATVs must be driven in the same direction as traffic on the same side of the road, and multiple ATVs must ride in single file. As well, they must be driven on the shoulder or, if there is no shoulder, as close to the right edge of the road surface as possible. When making a left turn, ATVs can move away from the shoulder or right edge when it is safe to do so.
Lanark County - By-Law No. 2015-030
The Highway Traffic Act allows ATVs on listed provincial highways, for recreational purposes. A list of prohibited and permitted provincial highways can be found in Schedules A and B of Ontario Regulation 316/03 - Operation of Off-Road Vehicles on Provincial Highways.
Unless you have permission from the property owner, you cannot drive your ORV on private property, including a private road.
It is the responsibility of the homeowner to install and maintain a rural mailbox. Please click on the link below to access the Canada Post website and a PDF giving the Rural Mailbox Guidelines.
The Township is not responsible for damages to mailboxes or other privately owned objects erected on a Township right of way or road allowance.
The Township will only replace a mailbox if it has been physically hit by the snowplow. Mailboxes damaged by snow flying off the plow will not be replaced by the Township.
If a street light is out of order, please call the Township Office at 613-267-6500. We will need the pole number, or the road name and the closest civic address number, in order to arrange repair of the streetlight.
Summer Road Maintenance
The Township is responsible for new construction, reconstruction and ongoing maintenance of Township-owned roads. The Public Works Department conducts regular road patrols to determine what maintenance and repair is required.
Grading and Shouldering
Grading of roads is dependent upon the impact the weather and traffic has upon the condition of the roadway. The first grading is light in nature to rid the road of the pot holes, and late spring grading is to shape the road and prepare it for dust suppression and base stabilizing calcium chloride applications. In general you cannot grade when the road is wet or about to receive heavy rain.
Shouldering is conducted as required to ensure good drainage of water from the roadway.
Dust Control/Base Stabilization
Calcium Chloride is applied to freshly graveled roads and newly graded roads from May to June. This activity reduces the dust generated from traffic and helps maintain the graded shape of the road in the summer months.
Roadside vegetation is cut back from the shoulder to provide proper driving sight lines.
Brushing and Ditching
These activities take place on selected lengths of roadway when growth of roadside brush begins to interfere with sight lines and road drainage.
Culverts draining from one ditch to the opposite side are replaced when they have corroded and no longer drain properly and/or are unable to properly support the compressive forces of road traffic.
Hot or cold mix materials are used in filling potholes, depressions, and restoring edges.
Hard-Top roads are swept in April and May, preferably when wet to keep dust to a minimum.
If there is a tree on your property line that has died, or is in danger of falling there are several things to check before calling the Township: Is there a main hydro line that is within a distance that it could be damaged when the tree falls or is felled? If there is, call Hydro One at 1-888-664-9376. Hydro will only attend to this if it will interfere with the main line. If it is the secondary line that leads to your house that will be affected, it is your responsibility.
If there are no hydro lines in the vicinity, is the tree in the Township's road allowance? As a general rule, the municipal road allowance is 33 feet from the centre line. If you are uncertain, Public Works will take a look to help determine this. If the tree is within the Township's right of way, please contact the Public Works Department at 613-267-6500 ext. 243.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain trees on private property. However, if branches are overhanging onto municipal property the Township has the right to remove them in the interest of public safety.
Winter Road Maintenance
The Public Works Department is responsible for the sanding, salting and plowing of approximately 250 kilometres of municipal road.
The Public Works Department conducts its operational activities in such a way as to provide safe driving conditions on all roads owned and maintained by the Township. Winter maintenance activities and priorities are based on the roadway classification and the associated level of service, as well as legislated hours of work, manpower and municipal budget.
Roadway Classification System
(There are no Class 1, 2 or 3 roads within Townships road network)
Class 4 – Max Speed Limit 80 km/hr
2,000 to 3,999 vehicles per day
Class 5 – Max Speed Limit 80 km/hr
50 to 1,999 vehicles per day
Class 6 – Speed Limit less than 80 km/hr
less than 50 vehicles per day
Winter Parking Restrictions
The public is reminded that under the Highway Traffic Act it is an offence to:
- Park or stand a vehicle in such a manner as to interfere with the movement of traffic or the clearing of snow from a highway (Section 170.);
Every person who contravenes this section is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not less than $20 and not more than $100. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 170 (14).
Repeated offences will result in enforcement of the Highway Traffic Act by the OPP.
- Deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing to do so from the road authority for the maintenance of the road (Section 181.) The removal of such snow piles by the Township will be charged to the offending property owner. Every person who contravenes this Act or any regulation is guilty of an offence and on conviction, where a penalty for the contravention is not otherwise provided for herein, is liable to a fine of not less than $60 and not more than $500. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 214 (1).
Repeated offences will result in enforcement of the Highway Traffic Act by the OPP.
Parking on Township Roads and Streets from 12 am (midnight) to 7:00 am will not be permitted effective November 15 through to April 15.
The Township of Drummond/North Elmsley will not be responsible for damages to mailboxes, newspaper boxes or parked vehicles where these objects interfere with snowplowing operations.