Unprecedented destruction causes thousands of dollars in damage
Sidewalk project damaged by vandals
SALMON RIVER - The not-so-fancy-footwork of heavy-stepping vandals has resulted in approximately $20,000 damage to the new sidewalk being constructed on Harmony Road.
"I was just disgusted when I saw this," said area Coun. Glen Edwards, of the foot tracks imprinted into about 45 metres (150 ft.) of the new sidewalk's soft concrete on Tuesday night.
"Why?" he asked. "Why?"
That is also a question being prompted by Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor and Anthony MacCulloch, site foreman for S.W. Weeks Construction, who said the damage caused unnecessary expense and unneeded delays to the project.
"One of the sad points is it's been so long in coming," Taylor said of getting the sidewalk and curb project to this point.
Beside the tracks left in the concrete this week, approximately 30 metres (100 ft.) of curbing also had to be replaced after it was damaged about two weeks ago.
"It looked like they put their boots to it somehow," Taylor said, of the curb destruction. "It's getting pretty well set up before they leave it. Who would've thought." he said. "Most people appreciate getting it done, they don't want to destroy it."
And given the impression of "the pretty good sized boots" left in the concrete, Taylor believes the damage was done by an adult or someone very close to being an adult.
"The director of public works said he hasn't seen anything like this since he's been here," Taylor said.
Although MacCulloch confirmed that the concrete was pretty much set up by the time his crews left it during the evening hours, it was obviously still fresh enough to be easily broken up.
But MacCulloch was not taking any chances with the portion of sidewalk constructed Friday and he said someone would be on hand to keep an eye on things until at least midnight. The vandalism caused the sidewalk to be delayed by more than one day. It is expected to be at least two more weeks before the entire project is complete.