The goal of paving Concession A with asphalt rather than tar and chip has spurred some tension on Meaford Council.
While deliberating on awarding the tender for the rehabilitation, Mayor Barb Clumpus vocalized her concerns this switch from a tar and chip surface to a asphalt surface would set an unrealistic precedent for all other roads in the municipality as well as perceive "special treatment" to those who live in the area.
"The perception out there now is that this council caters to special interest groups and those with deep pockets, Clumpus says.
However, all other council members with the exception of Paul Vickers disagreed with the mayor.
"I don't think this is a huge dilemma at all," Coun. Ross Kentner says. "We will not stop doing tar and chip roads."
"The cost is virtually the same over 20 years, I have no issue with paving that section of road," says Coun. Stephen Bartley.
After the Mayor's final comments urging other members to re-think their decision the motion to award a tender and continue as planned passed in a 5-2 vote.
The two kilometre stretch of road will be re-paved with asphalt over the previous tar and chip surface at a cost of an additional $87,000. However, it was noted the cost of maintaining the road over a 20-year period is similar.