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Local municipalities getting frustrated with new process for railway crossing maintenance

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Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement is mystified by a new process for railway crossing maintenance.  Earlier this year, both the Township of the Archipelago and the Municipality of McDougall received a letter from Canadian Pacific Railway stating that railway crossing maintenance was going to be taking place this summer at 100 per cent cost to the municipalities.  After communications with the railway from McDougall and the Archipelago went unresolved, a number of the West Parry Sound municipalities enlisted the help of Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement.  Heads of council in West Parry Sound were invited to a meeting with Clement last week and he says this change is not responsible.

He told the heads of council in attendance that he’s been getting the run around, but will get answers.

In the past, the railways always worked with the municipality on when the work would be best to be completed and in some cases paid for it all.  Both the Archipelago and McDougall have managed to reach the rail company and work out a deal that the work be done after the Labour Day weekend, but nothing is confirmed yet.

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