Municipal Road Services and Maintenance

Reporting an Issue to Our Public Works Department:
For questions or concerns about roads that occur within regular business hours, please contact the Infrastructure Services Department at 613-776-1152 or submit an online Report an Issue form:

Report an Issue

For issues that occur outside of regular business hours and require immediate attention, please call the Town's on-call number at 1-800-342-6442.

Learn about the areas that our Public Works Department oversee:

Construction and Associated Road Closures

Construction includes any sidewalk construction, road resurfacing or other projects happening in the municipality.

We issue a Notice of Construction to residents impacted by planned construction projects in their neighbourhood. These notices will include any road resurfacing or other projects going on within the municipality.

Currently there are no major road closures.

View a list of Capital Projects on our Current Projects page.

Please see the Ontario 5-1-1 website for upcoming major road closures performed by the Ministry of Transportation. 

Dead Animals

Property owners are responsible for dealing with dead animals on their own property. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has a list of tips for safe removal of dead animals.

The Public Works Department will pick up dead animals if the following requirements are met:

  • Wildlife or domestic animal remains on the Town road allowance (road, boulevard or sidewalk)
  • Wildlife or domestic animal remains in Town parks if it is safe for them to do so.

Report a Dead Animal

Ditching and Culverts

A roadside ditch maintenance program is carried out each year to improve or reinstate drainage.

Culverts are repaired and cleaned out as required. 

New entrances to private properties must be approved by Public Works Supervisor, and when a culvert is required it is the responsibility of the home owner to install. The entrance permit from the Public Works department will outline the culvert size, material and the appropriate end treatments that is required. Once the entrance is complete the home owner is required to contact Public Works for a final inspection.

Report a Ditch or Culvert Issue

Driveway Entranceways 

Application for Driveway Entranceway Permit

 

Driveway Entranceway Permits are required for all new driveways or changes in classifications of driveways and entranceways.

Permits are required in order that specific criteria are met when accessing municipal infrastructure, including:

  • Sight Lines
  • Road Speeds
  • Slope and grades- off right of way onto properties and water management for culvert runs.
  • Angles of approach
  • Determine use matches installation classification
  • Catchment Area- to correctly determine culvert sizing
  • Correct installation of culverts
  • Correct Materials are use in base materials
  • Proximity to intersections
  • Snow loading considerations

 

A Driveway Entrance Permit includes:

1. The Administration and documentation of request

2. The Prework Field Inspection

3. New Civic Addressing

4.Final Inspection

 

These criteria focus on the safety and function of the municipal infrastructure and are available in more detail in the upcoming Driveway Entrance By-Law 

Load Restrictions

In accordance with the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990. Ch. H.8, Section 122 and Greater Napanee's By-Law, please be advised that all roads within Greater Napanee are subject to restricted loads.

Load restrictions take place from March 1st to April 30th inclusive. For more information contact the Public Works department at 613-776-1190.

Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Roads

Roads within the Municipality of Greater Napanee are maintained in accordance with the Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways Ontario Regulation 239/02. These standards provide the regulatory requirements for maintenance activities for summer and winter standards.

Noxious Weeds on Roadsides

The Town of Greater Napanee in collaboration with the County of Lennox & Addington have contracted services from Wagar & Corput Weed Control Inc. for the application of pesticide to control noxious weeds along the rural roadsides. Please refer to the County of Lennox & Addington weed control page for details on where applications will be applied. 

To report wild parsnip along the roadsides, please call the County of Lennox and Addington at 613-354-4883.
Wild parsnip on private properties should be reported only if it is a threat to agriculture.

To report wild parsnip in residential areas, park areas or unmaintained lots, please contact the Town at 613-354-3351.

 

Please note that Dandelions, Burdock, Goldenrod and Purple Loosestrife are not considered noxious weeds under the Weed Control Act. Therefore, complaints concerning these weeds cannot be accepted.

For a complete listing of noxious weeds as set out in the weed control act, please visit the details on the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs website.

For further information and pictures on these and other Ontario Weeds visit Ontario Weeds Gallery.

Operating Off-Road Vehicles on Roads

Please see the County of Lennox & Addington's website for information on operating off-road vehicles on municipal roads or view our Off-Road Vehicles on Municipal Highways By-law.

Potholes

When not addressing winter plowing and salting/sanding needs, the Town's Public Works staff use 'cold patch' to try to maintain potholes until more permanent repairs can be carried out.

Report a Pothole

Road Closing Applications & Policies

Please note that Road Closing Applications are submitted to the Clerk at the Community & Corporate Services Office, 12 Market Square, Napanee.

Town of Greater Napanee Road Closing Application 

 Permanent Road Closing and Sale Requests

Where a person completes an application for closing and sale of a road allowance and this person has signed the attached waiver that details that all related expenses the landowner could incur, the following procedure will be followed:

  1. The road closing application fee is $500.00, as per By-law No. 2020-0035. A deposit against expenses in the amount of $3,000.00 will also be required if Council agrees to proceed with the request.
  2. After consideration of the application and the recommendation, if Council supports the request for road closing, the proposal will be circulated to all adjoining landowners. They will be notified that if they are interested in acquiring a section of the allowance, they will be expected to reimburse the Town for any legal, administrative and survey costs, and they will also be expected to pay the set price/acre for the lands.
  3. If Council still wishes to proceed with the road closing, County approval, through the form of a by-law, may be required for roads under joint jurisdiction as per the Municipal Act, 2001.
  4. If Council endorsement is given, then the necessary public notice will be given as per the Municipal Act, 2001.
  5. If no objections are received from the pubic, then Council will give the necessary readings to the appropriate road closing by-law. A certified copy of which shall be registered at the appropriate land registry office.
  6. Before conveying the road allowance land to the adjoining landowner(s), the allowance shall be surveyed at the expense of the landowner(s).
  7. The land value of the road allowance, which shall be required to be paid by the adjoining landowner, will be determined by using the price/acre set by Council from time to time multiplied by the area of the lands which are requested by the adjoining landowner.
  8. Upon conveyance, the adjoining landowner shall pay in full to the Town of Greater Napanee, all appraisals, surveying, legal and administrative costs associated with the closing and sale of the road allowance less the initial deposit amount; or if required, a refund will be issued by the Town.

Temporary Road Closing Requests

Where a person(s) or group submits a written request to temporarily close a portion of road for an activity, the following procedure will be followed:

  1. The written request must be submitted, outlining the reason for the request, the date of the event and the times that the road is required to be closed.
  2. After consideration, if Council supports the request, the appropriate temporary road closing by-law must be passed.
  3. Upon the by-law being passed, notice of the proposed temporary road closing will be given to the public in accordance with the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Town’s Notice By-law. A copy of the by-law will be forwarded to the Public Works and Fire Departments, the OPP and the County Ambulance Service for their information.

Roadside Brushing using Mechanical Brushing Equipment

The Town has a responsibility to maintain its publicly travelled roadways and roadside allowances in a safe condition for all potential users.

The intent of the Town's roadside brushing program is to remove all brush, shrubs, small trees and overhanging tree canopy within road allowances. If this material is not removed, it can have numerous negative impacts. These impacts include:

  • Reduced sight lines at intersections and driveways
  • Obstructed view of traffic signs
  • Obstructed view of wildlife crossing the road
  • Hidden illegally dumped waste
  • Intensified snow accumulation
  • Drainage interference
  • Preventing dust clouds to dissipate
  • Blocks sunlight, reducing the effectiveness of winter operations and creates ice and snow patches on driving surfaces
  • Increased risk of branches striking vehicles from sides or above the road

The Town uses mechanical brushing because it is environmentally friendly, cost effective and a highly productive method to control and maintain natural vegetation in rural settings. While mechanical brushing may leave a harsh appearance for a short period afterwards, it also rebounds very quickly, returning the area to a natural appearance.

Sidewalks

Public Works oversees the maintenance, repair and construction of all municipal sidewalks.

Report a Sidewalk Issue

Snow Plowing and Winter Maintenance

For information on snow plowing and winter maintenance please see our snow plowing and route maps

Street Signage

Public Works maintains traffic and street signs on municipal and county roads. 

For urgent matters or emergencies, please call 613-776-1152.

Report a Street Sign Issue

Street Sweeping

Aside from keeping our streets neat and tidy, street sweeping protects water quality and the environment by keeping pollutants out of the Town’s ponds, rivers and streams. It also keeps storm drains clear of debris so rain and melted snow have somewhere to go.

The Town has one street sweeper in its fleet. Sweeping begins every spring between April and May (weather permitting) and is ongoing till late October.
The spring cleanup is the heaviest and most time consuming, due to the accumulation of debris and winter sand through the fall, winter and spring. Sweeping continues into late fall to collect any leaves along the streets and clean out catch basins to prevent blockage.
The Town approaches street sweeping as follows:
• Main streets are addressed first because the potential for dust on these streets is the greatest due to higher traffic volumes followed by collector streets. Often, more than one pass is required to sufficiently clean the street.
• Once the main streets and collectors are complete, the program moves to residential streets. These residential streets typically have curb and gutter, where the winter sand collects.
• Sweeping then moves on to rural roads in areas where there are curb and gutter.
The Town appreciates your patience, during our street sweeping program.
Streetlights/Stoplights

Reporting a streetlight/stoplight issue is easy. Let us know where the streetlight is located by entering an address, street intersection or Pole ID number. Alternatively, you can contact the Public Works department at 613-776-1152 to report streetlight issues. 

Report a Streetlight/Stoplight Issue

Trees 
There are different rules and services for taking care of private and public trees.

Contact the Public Works department if you are unsure of the ownership of a tree.

  • Trees with more than half of their trunk on public property, at ground level, are considered to be public trees.
  • Trees with more than half of their trunk diameter on private property, at ground level, are considered private trees.

The Town's Public Works department is responsible for the protection, planting, maintenance and removal of public trees. Residents should not interfere or perform any work on Town-owned trees.

Report a Tree Issue 

Please contact the Town if you wish to view the Town's policy to Protect and Enhance the Tree Canopy and Natural Vegetation in the Municipality.

Please see our Town of Greater Napanee Tree Replacement Initiative for information on tree replanting and replacement within Greater Napanee.

 
Town of Greater Napanee Street Naming Policy & Procedure 

Section 1.0 - Purpose:

The purpose of the policy is to ensure that street name approvals are consistent, comprehensive, effective and efficient, and thereby result in the approval of high quality names that reflect a positive image for the Town of Greater Napanee.

Section 2.0 - General Policy Guidelines:

2.1 The Town of Greater Napanee staff, in cooperation with the Municipal Heritage Committee, shall review all submitted street names to ensure adherence to the following general guidelines for appropriate street names, prior to submission to Council for approval:
i) Ease of Spelling and Pronunciation of Street Names:
Street names should use conventional spelling and should be easily pronounced.
ii) Street Name Characteristics:
Street names should be based on themes honouring local history and culture, geography, natural features, etc.
iii) Prohibited Street Names:
(a) Business and corporate names;
(b) Discriminatory or derogatory names from the point of view of sex, race, colour, creed, political affiliation or other social factors;
(c) Names with sexual overtones, inappropriate humour, parody, slang, or double meaning;
(d) Names with hyphens, apostrophes or dashes; and
(e) Full names of people, except where the person is deceased and is of historical significance internationally, nationally, regionally or locally.
2.2 Streets ending in a cul-de-sac will use the suffix Court, Place or Way.
2.3 Street names are not to exceed three words, which includes the suffix (e.g. Golf Course Lane).
2.4 Street names are subject to approval by the Council of the Town of Greater Napanee.

Section 3.0 - Street Naming Procedure:

3.1 The proposed street name(s) shall be circulated by the Town Clerk or Designate to the following, for review and comments:
(a) Town of Greater Napanee Emergency Services Department;
(b) Town of Greater Napanee Infrastructure Services Department;
(c) Town of Greater Napanee Municipal Heritage Committee;
(d) County of Lennox & Addington; and
(e) Municipalities that share a common geographic boundary with the Town of Greater Napanee.
Comments regarding the proposed street name(s) shall be provided to the Town Clerk.
3.2 The Town of Greater Napanee staff shall confirm whether or not there is any duplication of the proposed name(s) elsewhere in the Town or in any other neighbouring municipalities.
3.3 Once the proposed street name(s) is reviewed for appropriateness, public notice of the proposed street name(s) must be provided as per the Town’s public notice by-law, prior to it coming before Council. Any public comments shall be forwarded to the Town Clerk and provided to Council.
3.4. A proposed street name(s) and all staff, agency and public comments must be included in a staff report to Council, prepared by the Community and Corporate Services Department, for consideration and approval by Council.

 

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