Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and area MPP Graydon Smith, has waded through jurisdictional issues between the Town of Huntsville and the Ministry and ordered his staff to make safety improvements at the dam such as signage and floatation devices.
“I have personally taken an active role in addressing the concerns raised by the community regarding the Port Sydney Dam. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has been in extensive consultations with the Town of Huntsville on a path forward. However, as we get deeper into the summer season and residents continue to enjoy the Muskoka River below the dam, I recognized the critical need for a swift decision,” he said in a statement issued yesterday (Monday, June 12).
“I have directed MNRF to enhance safety measures in the vicinity of the Port Sydney Dam by replacing the existing old signs. These signs will serve as a reminder to both residents and visitors about the importance of exercising caution around the dam. The ministry will also install life-saving equipment, such as a flotation ring, in the vicinity of the dam and are currently working with vendors on options for both signage and the flotation ring,” he said, adding that he’s been in constant communication with Huntsville Councillor Jason FitzGerald to find ways of enhancing safety in the community he represents.
“As MPP and the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, I will always strive to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and visitors, while preserving our valuable natural resources in Parry Sound-Muskoka,” concluded Smith.
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