Residents who live on Mill Entrance in Hawkesbury are unhappy about golf balls landing on their properties.

On November 26, town council received a petition from 12 residents of Mill Entrance, led by John Jennings. The residents keep finding stray golf balls in their yards and believe they are a safety hazard. Mill Entrance is a short, dead-end street near the northeast corner of La Cité Golf Club.

Jennings contacted the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and inquired if the golf balls constitute a public safety hazard.  A copy of the response he received from OPP Sergeant Pierre Gauthier was included with the council meeting agenda. Gauthier advised Jennings to first discuss the concerns about stray golf balls with the ownership and management of the golf course.

The agenda documents also included photocopies of photos showing golf balls on lawns along Mill Entrance during the past spring and summer.

Senior Planner Manon Belle-Isle said Jennings has pursued the matter with the owner of the golf course and said that there is nothing at this time the town can do about it.  Council voted to file the petition from the residents.

Council also approved a plan that will allow a new industry in Hawkesbury to have a proper electricity supply to its plant. Ecolomondo, a St-Laurent-based company that recycles tires and other rubber items and extracts carbon and other materials from these waste products, is building a new facility at 1592 Tessier Street that will open in 2019 and employ 40 people.

The company needs to build a line to carry 44,000 volts from Hydro One lines to the new plant.

One option is to build the above-ground line from Tupper Street and cross the lot lines between the Voith Papers and Asco properties by getting easements from each company. The other option is to have the line follow Tessier Street. However, the existing poles on Tessier Street are not high enough to safely accommodate a 44,000-volt line and would have to be replaced.

Ecolomondo is responsible for all the costs of building the new power line and prefers the lower cost of the Tupper Street option. The company has already asked Asco and Voith Papers if they are willing to grant an easement.