Scugog to lift spring fire ban on May 1
Durham Region
 
Scugog will lift its month-long fire ban on May 1.
 
Each April, the township implements a burn ban for at least a month, under its open-air burning bylaw, due to concerns that dry grass and other debris could catch fire easily and spread quickly.
 
“I’d like to express my appreciation to our residents and the farming community for their contributions and co-operation in this respect,” said Mark Berney, Scugog’s fire chief.
 
“That’s good news I’m sure for many.”
 
Fire permits must be purchased from the township for recreational fires. They can be found at www.scugog.ca/burnpermit.
 
Also on May 1, Scugog will remove its half-load weight restrictions for township roads.
 
“That means it will be construction season again,” said Carol Coleman, Scugog’s director of public works and infrastructure services.
 
She noted that Scugog tendered all its roads projects early and “they will all get going as the half-loads come off.”
 
Road work planned for 2021 include improvements to Major Street in Port Perry, Coryell Street in Seagrave and McLaughlin and Devitts roads near Blackstock. That work is expected to be completed by this fall.
 
“While it’s maybe inconvenient as we travel through Scugog, it is really great news that there’s some exciting roads projects being done,” said Mayor Bobbie Drew.