I read that Gravenhurst leaders say they are re-active rather than proactive.

Are they responsive to complaints? Not in my opinion.

I have complained year over year regarding the dangerous situation at the intersection of Main Street and Muskoka Rd. S.

The height of the shrubbery on the town boulevard prevents drivers entering onto Muskoka Rd. S. from seeing cars and motor scooters coming north on Muskoka Rd. S. See photo below.

I have asked year after year for the shrubbery to be cut to a maximum of 2 feet tall. Sometimes it is over 6 ft. tall.

The depression on Main Street at that corner means vehicles trying to enter or turn south are at a great disadvantage when looking up the hill on Muskoka Rd. S. to determine safe entry into traffic north and south.

It’s also creates hazardous sightlines for vehicles travelling north who may suddenly encounter a car or truck that has to nose out into traffic to make a turn at the busy cross-town intersection.

I would think that intersections are governed by sight line rules, but obviously not in Gravenhurst.

On the same section of Muskoka Rd. S. the weeds are allowed to grow over 6 feet tall on an adjacent boulevard and also are blocking sight lines. (Photo)

Another situation exists on Veteran’s Way, making it clear that inspections of the town don’t happen. The weeds and cedar hedging make it impossible to use the sidewalk in places. (Photo)

Lack of leadership on the part of the town council and administration explains the unkempt state of many properties in the centre of the town.

Since the town does not maintain sidewalks and boulevards to acceptable standards, adjacent properties have little reason to show pride of ownership.

What is the purpose of a council and administration that says it is reactive not proactive?

Only there to referee — not to lead.

Lois Cooper


Overgrown hedges on Muskoka Road S. at Main Street are a traffic hazard that the town has allowed to grow, threatening the safety of vehicles entering the main street of Gravenhurst, writes resident Lois Cooper who lives at the “dangerous” intersection.
The sidewalk on Veterans Way is almost obscured in sections near the Royal Canadian Legion.
Unkept boulevards are not an incentive for neighbours to keep their properties well maintained, writes Lois Cooper.