Road Operations

Catch Basins
Usually located along the edge of the roadway or ditch, storm water is directed through the steel grate covering the catch basin structure. Please do not dump waste into these drains. The storm water is then conveyed from the catch basin through to a sewer system which outlets into our lakes, streams or rivers. The heavier suspended particles are collected in the bottom of the catch basin, stopping them from traveling into the water supply. Catch basins are vacuum cleaned every year.
All culverts within the Township’s right-of-way are maintained by the Township. If you require an additional entrance or a new entrance, or if you require maintenance to your entrance culvert (i.e., it is plugged with debris, heaved up/caved in, frozen causing flooding), contact Public Works at  (905) 342-2810 x 101.
If you are having your driveway re-paved, consider having a representative from Public Works check the condition of the culvert beforehand. Note any end treatments of the culverts are not the responsibility of the Township and it is the property owner’s responsibility to remove and replace if require by the Township.

Roadside ditches perform four primary functions:
They serve to drain water from the road base and sub grade; they are not intended to drain adjacent properties (but in many cases, they may).
  • They carry collected water to a sufficient outlet.
  • They stop the uncollected sheet of surface water coming from outside the road allowance from getting on the road.
  • They assist in winter snow clearing operations by providing snow storage below the elevation of the road surface.
Roadside ditches are not a public utility; property owners do not have absolute right to outlet to roadside ditches. The Township reserves the right to remove or restrict any outlets to ditches that cause operational issues or damage to the drainage system. If you need to direct water to the Township’s ditches, it is recommended that you contact the Township’s Public Works Department before proceeding.

Rural Roadside Mowing
The Township of Hamilton maintains over 200 km of rural roads. The Public Works Department endeavors to maintain the roadside in a reasonably kept state, as well as respecting the environment. The Township of Hamilton is a pesticide free municipality therefore we do not spray pesticides on our roadsides. Instead, the Township opts to mow the rural roadsides and intersections. The standard is a 6 ft swath cut along the rural road edge once a year.

Municipal Office 8285 Majestic Hills Drive P.O. Box 1060 Cobourg, On K9A 4W5
Office Hours Monday to Friday; 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 905-342-2810
Fax: 905-342-2818