SUMMERSIDE – Two issues surrounding the Lefurgey subdivision extension have been cleared up and the project and they will go before city council, Monday night.
There had been concern over the width of a proposed access road and a gravesite at the project but last month city council gave its nod to the project, but city officials said they would be looking into both issues.
The proposed access road did not meet the width requirements for city streets under the City of Summerside Act.
The developers, D&D Developments Ltd., had proposed an access road from the subdivision project to Water Street East. The proposed roadway was 30-feet wide at one end, narrowing to 26-feet at the other end. The city standard is 50 feet.
The developers have been successful in negotiating with a property owner to widen the access road to meet city standards.
In a report to the city’s technical services committee earlier this week, a report from Cox and Palmer said there is no issue with gravesites in the development area.
Cox and Palmer reviewed their findings with archeologist Dr. Helen Kristmanson and archivist Fred Horne.
In the report is said the location of the Lefurgey cenetary was noted in the Lefurgey family history. John Lefurgey, who died in 1818, was buried in an old graveyard on the farm near the Wilmot River bank.
In 1848,Lefurgey’s son, Cornelias Lefurgey, deeded the 50 acres along the Wilmot Creek to Ephrain Reed, but reserved his father’s grave was on the farmland next to the Wilmot River bank.
William Lefurgey, while he was living, directed the city and developer Peter Pope to a tree in the Lefurgey subdivision, which depicted the area on Crozier Drive next to the Wilmot Creek where the cemetery is located. The city was deeded this property by Pope to ensure it remained undisturbed.
The report concludes that the evidence is clear that that the Lefurgey cemetery never existed on the lands of D & D Development and has always been located in the Lefurgey subdivision. Other gravesites were found in the area belonging to John Small and his wife Fanny Bremble Darby Small.
This burial site is located west of the D & D Development land.
The technical services committee voted to clear the way for the widening of the access road and the development of the parcels where it was believed gravesites had been located.
The recommendation will go to city council on March 17 for approval.