Council snippets

Leitrim County Councillors raised the following questions at the March monthly meeting.

Leitrim County Councillors raised the following questions at the March monthly meeting.

Drainage work

Fianna Fail councillor, Tony Ferguson, has asked if there is a programme in place to repair culverts and open water tables in the Manorhamilton Electoral Area.

He was told that the Manorhamilton Area are currently carrying out drainage works including the repair and replacing of culverts as required.

“Drainage Works in the Manorhamilton area are ongoing from the start of the year. The County Roads Maintenance Budget for the Manorhamilton Area is €90,000 and has to cover routine maintenance work such as pothole filling, verge trimming and road drainage works,” said a spokesperson for the Council. “This figure is obviously inadequate to maintain a road network to the desired standard. The County Roads Budget is discretionary and drainage works are programmed on a priority basis subject to the limited funding available.”

Resurfacing works

Cllr Mary Bohan has asked the Council to provide grant aid for resurfacing of the Drumconnor to Ardvarney Road as soon as possible.

She was told that the LP 4232 at Drumconnor has been included in this years programme for surface dressing.

“This work will be carried out later in the year when weather permits. In the interim period routine maintenance works will be carried out,” noted a Council spokesperson.

Canal Walk

Fine Gael Councillor, Gordon Hughes has asked the Council to clarify when completion of works on the new canal walk in Ballinamore is expected, including the widening of the pedestrian walkway at Ardrum Lock in order to accommodate cyclists using this popular new amenity route.

He was told the Council are currently installing solar lighting along the walkway thereby completing all of the work on the Canal Banks project that the County Council were responsible for.

“The widening of the walkways on Ardrum Lock is a matter for Waterways Ireland and the Council will raise the issue again with them,” added a Council spokesperson.

Remedial works in Dristernan

A detailed survey has been completed and draft tender documentation has been prepared in relation to the proposed Remedial Works Scheme for Dristernan, Drumshanbo. The news came following a query by Cllr Enda McGloin.

“We are not in a position to proceed to tender however pending notification of details of our allocation under the Remedial Works Scheme for 2012 from the Department,” noted a spokesperson for the Council.

“It is anticipated that this allocation will be notified to the Council in early March. Depending on the level of allocation notified we may not be in a position to proceed with the works in 2012 or it may be necessary to modify the works included and accordingly it is premature at this point to provide details of the specific works proposed. A further update will be provided on receipt of notification of our allocation.”