$1.7 M wind­fall for coun­ties

The Glengarry News - - News - - News Staff

The United Coun­ties of SD&G’s roads bud­get just re­ceived an ex­tra $1.7 mil­lion, though county en­gi­neer Ben deHaan says he’s un­sure how the funds will be al­lo­cated un­til coun­cil’s next meet­ing, slated for this Monday.

The coun­ties re­ceived the money af­ter it agreed on set­tle­ment terms for the road de­te­ri­o­ra­tion caused by the con­struc­tion of the South Branch Wind Farm near the ham­let of Brin­ston.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr. deHaan, the coun­ties and the wind farm’s owner, EDB Re­new­ables, en­tered into an ex­ten­sive road user agree­ment to en­sure the coun­ties would re­coup costs for dam­aged in­fra­struc­ture. Mr. deHaan told The News Monday that EDB even re­tained the ser­vices of an in­de­pen­dent geotech­ni­cal firm to eval­u­ate the road con­di­tions be­fore and af­ter con­struc­tion.

With con­struc­tion now fin­ished, EDP and the Coun­ties have con­cluded that the dam­age was val­ued at just over $1,697,000.

Coun­cil will dis­cuss al­lo­cat­ing the new fund­ing at its March 16 meet­ing in Corn­wall at 9 a.m.

Lighten up, or else

Half- load re­stric­tions on road­ways through­out the United Coun­ties of Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry and the City of Corn­wall, will be­gin next Wed­nes­day, March 18.

The half-load sea­son, which typ­i­cally runs from the be­gin­ning of March un­til May, is the time of year when ve­hi­cles are re­stricted to car­ry­ing a max­i­mum of five tonnes per axle.

The mea­sure is de­signed to pro­tect roads dur­ing the thaw. Roads which are sub­ject to sea­sonal weight re­stric­tions are iden­ti­fied with a sign.

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