On the Farm by Glen Ells: Hurricanes and road hazards

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Lots of talk during the past two weeks about the Hennigar’s farm market roadside flower garden. At first, it looked like the “no poultry in a growth area” case in Kingston a while back all over again. The first press reports were certainly incomplete and most of us were taking sides and getting excited before we had all the information. I wondered what the folks on bicycles were complaining about until I found out the paved strip beside the white line was actually what they call a drainage swale. Now I can understand that would be a poor path for a bicycle.

Getting the owner and the deputy minister together to work out a reasonable resolution was certainly timely and wise. One wondered why something that looked fine for close to 30 years was suddenly a big hazard that had to be fixed in 10 days.

It is refreshing to know that the Department of Transportation has developed such an intense interest in unsafe roadsides. I expect to see tall grass and bushes growing on highway right of ways that block clear views of oncoming traffic will begin disappearing very soon. I’m sure that some members of the motoring public (especially in rural areas) can help point out what I’m talking about.

I’ve seen some crews filling potholes but that job is not completed, so maybe one of the supervisors could ask work crews to make reports of safety hazards that need attention. It would be good use of existing workers that would increase efficiency and make rural roads safer within the limited budget we keep hearing about when asking for highway problems to be fixed.

Hurricane Arthur is taking aim at Nova Scotia as I write this on Thursday morning. Over two inches of rain and high winds on Saturday is the guess tonight. We’ll see what happens but to be on the safe side, we will batten everything down Friday. Seems early for a hurricane, doesn’t it?

It’s Friday morning and I’m about to fax this piece to Kentville. There is still a lot of talk about Arthur this morning. They say more rain here than on the south shore and more wind there than here. It sounds like a good trade to me. Most crops can handle rain better than wind and high winds along with heavy rain can be very bad. However, Arthur is very independent and out of control, so we will have to take what he dishes out.

Organizations: Department of Transportation

Geographic location: Kingston, Nova Scotia, Kentville

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