Road to Irrigation Lake snow plowed for access

The District of Houston will snow plow the road to Irrigation Lake during winters, making it available for local ice fishers.

The District of Houston is making Irrigation Lake accessible during the winter.

The District of Houston is making Irrigation Lake accessible during the winter.

Ice fishers now have access to Irrigation Lake during the winters.

The District of Houston decided Tuesday that they would plow and maintain the road to Irrigation Lake during the winter.

The decision comes in response to a request from a local resident in January.

In the past the District has not maintained the road because of costs and liability, said Houston Chief Administrative Officer Michael Glavin.

Now, council plans to put up several signs warning of dangers of falling through the ice, and indicating that people use the road and facility at their own risk.

Glavin says the road maintenance will be low priority and only done when snow cover is more than six inches of snow or it’s extremely icy.

The estimated cost to the District for maintaining the road is $360 per time. If the area were plowed an average of twice a month from December to April, it would cost $2,880.

“I’m in favour of maintaining it,” said Councillor Jonathan Van Barneveld.

“Signs are cheap.”

Councillors Tim Anderson and Tom Stringfellow agreed.

“To allow people to have that recreation – it’s a good idea,” Stringfellow said.

Anderson said he wants the lake to be accessible for people to “go out and enjoy what this area has to offer.”

The access road was plowed last week and Irrigation Lake park is now open for public use.