DORCHESTER, NB – Persons affected by the current road closure along Route 106 between Dorchester and Memramcook will have the opportunity to voice their concerns at a public meeting to be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 2 at St. Ed’s Hall in Dorchester.
At Monday’s regular monthly council meeting, Dorchester mayor J.J. Bear reported receiving numerous phone calls from persons affected by the road closure. He noted that on April 18, after the public announcement that Route 106 would be closed until May 2, he had written letters of concern to Tantramar MLA Mike Olscamp, Beauséjour MP Dominic LeBlanc, Memramcook-Lakeville-Dieppe MLA Bernard LeBlanc and Minister of Transportation Claude Williams.
“Mr. Olscamp contacted me the very next morning; he had been in contact with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure and at that time there was little information about the situation. CN had brought in three pumps to try to get rid of the water but they were having a hard time due to the excessive run-off,” he said.
Bear added that LeBlanc had advised him by letter that he in turn had sent off a letter of concern to the vice-president of CN.
“I don’t know if he had a response back; the other day I wrote to him (LeBlanc) again. (I told him) that he had gotten a response because they (CN) pulled the pumps – in the middle of the night they pulled the pumps out from the train tracks. It wasn’t in the daytime, no, it was in the middle of the night that they pulled them out. Their tractor, everything. That raised some concerns for me,” he said.
Bear said he believes that CN has not communicated with the public with regards to how they are handling the flooding situation on Route 106.
“What I wrote in my second letter to Dominic LeBlanc was just that, that it would be beneficial to the public if they (CN) actually communicated what they are doing (about the situation) and not doing things in secret,” he added.
Bear noted that although the section of Route 106 that is currently closed due to flooding is not located inside of Dorchester’s boundaries, it does impact Dorchester residents and persons who live outside of the community but work within the village.
He invited anyone who is impacted by the road closure to attend the meeting on Friday afternoon in Dorchester.
“We hope to see people turn out to ask questions about their concerns. Mike Olscamp has said he will be there and I’ve been told there will be representatives from DOT at the meeting; and CN has been asked to have some of their people present to shed some light on the situation,” he said.