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The Independent Nov. 14, 2013 : Page 1

Vol. 1, Issue 11 Here we snow again Heather Wright The Independent The OPP and snow plow drivers were kept busy as the first snowfall blanketed Petrolia and Central Lambton Tuesday. A few centimeters fell in Petrolia and Wyoming but areas such as Watford and Alvinston had as much as 15 centimeters by early morning. OPP officers responded to a number of collisions and vehicles in the ditch as the snow, which in some areas was mixed with ice pellets, began falling heavily around the time of the morning commute. At press time, there were no injuries due to the accidents. Police said all of the collisions were preventable if drivers had adjusted their habits to the conditions. Police ask drivers to slow, and leave lots of space between you and other cars. Road crews in Lambton County and in surrounding communities were out on the roads as the snow hit. Jim Kutyba, general manager of infrastructure at Lambton County, says the snowplows and sanders have been ready and on standby since Nov. 1 but says they were a little slower than they usually are in the heart of the winter. “The issue Tuesday morning was because we’re not on our two shifts (of road crews) until Dec. 1, our patrol guys were out knowing the snow is coming, but then they had to call guys in,” he says. By the time everyone is in and the trucks are ready to run Kutyba says it is getting to be five or six in the morning. “It takes two hours to get through the route, so then it goes into morning commute and people have to be a bit more careful.” In towns, such as Petrolia, the roads had seen a sander by 8 am, according to Joe Thursday, November 14, 2013 George Rosema Photo THE COLOURS OF FALL There may have been snow on the ground but The Independent is featuring the colours of fall with the winners of our Show Us Your Fall Colours Contest. George Rosema’s shot of Rock Glen was one of the top shots but see pages 8 & 9 for all the winners. NFU leaders urge Lambton to slowdown on “intrusive” woodlot bylaw Heather Wright The Independent Emery Huszka says Lambton County is trying to take mosquitoes out with a bazooka. The past president of the local National Farmers’ Union whose family has farmed in Dawn-Euphemia for decades says the proposed woodlot bylaw expected to go to Lambton County Councilors later this month infringes on private property rights. Administrators in Lambton first came forward with a proposed bylaw a year ago. Farmers and the county’s lone lumber mill decried the changes saying it would put the lumber mill out of business and would place too many restrictions on farmers’ use of their own land. The third draft of the proposed bylaw will be sent to county committees in a week, and Huszka is concerned. “Permission and fees outlined in this broad reaching bylaw are as intrusive as if we were to ask Sarnia residents to apply for permits and pay fees each time they cut their grass,” Huszka recently told county councilors, adding one of the big concerns is a proposal to put tree lines and hedge rows between fields under the proposed bylaw. “With the stroke of a pen you propose to enhance control over more private property. “Every farm and farmer is different and to dictate what they Heather Wright Photo What a difference a day makes. A day after people stood in the rain for Remembrance Day services, snow covers the Petrolia Cenotaph. Adams, director of operations. “After 8 o’clock everyone was making a second round,” he says. The snow may have caused some traffic problems, but in Lambton County it is causing a few budget problems as well. Kutyba says $1.7 million was budgeted for winter snow removal in 2013 and that money has already been spent. Kutyba says this early snowfall will increase the snow management budget deficit to about $185,000. But the snow headaches aren’t expected to last long; by the weekend Environment Canada is expecting the temperatures to stretch into the teens. can and cannot do shows a lack of respect and denies farmers their right to manage their farm businesses and property.” Huszka says the proposed bylaw will also cost farmers money to maintain private land as if it were a public park. SEE WOODLOT PG. 2 4219 Oil Heritage Road, Petrolia 519-882-1090 1-855-864-4962

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