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Why Cunningham Rd. isn’t a road

A couple who live on Cunningham Rd. in the rural east end of Timmins is out of luck, in their quest to have the city maintain the road.

It’s just off Hwy. 101, about two kilometres west of Municipal Road.

Exhaustive research by city clerk Steph Palmateer shows that it’s private access – not a city-owned road – so it doesn’t qualify.

Palmateer told city council this week why there’s a “Cunningham Road” sign on the highway. He said it was part of adopting e911 service in the late 90s.

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“We had to make sure that any roads that had residents that lived on them, whether they’re private access or not, if there’s someone living there, they had to be given a civic address,” he explained, “so that if they called 9-1-1, first responders would know where to go.”

Palmateer concedes that the province might have kept the road plowed at one time, but the city never has.

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