Water decision coming
By the end of the year, South Glengarry council will likely decide on the long-proposed Boundary Road municipal water and wastewater servicing agreement between the township and the City of Cornwall.
“We (himself and CAO Bryan Brown) had a meeting to review the servicing report with the city,” the township’s general manager of infrastructure services Ewen MacDonald told council at the Sept. 5 regular meeting.
“There will be some minor revisions to the report that our consultants produced...and we’re hoping that we will be able to bring the report back to council in October, or the first meeting in November.”
The township has been seeking to procure water and wastewater services along its (eastern) segment of Boundary Road – from Tyotown Road, north to Highway 401 – for several years.
Members of council, administration and staff feel that having those municipal services is essential for future economic growth in that corner of the municipality.
During a special joint meeting of Cornwall and South Glengarry councils in March 2016, South Glengarry Mayor Ian McLeod pointed out that there is “a full complement of (municipal) services” on the city-owned west side of Boundary Road.
However, on the east side, the BVD Holdings development that opened in the spring of 2014 – comprised of a Tim Hortons, Esso service station and convenience store, and Hero Certified Burgers restaurant – is serviced by private water and sewer systems. “That’s working, but not nearly as well as it should,” added Mayor McLeod at the time. The estimated cost for the extension of the city services to the east side of Boundary Road is approximately $4 million, with the township picking up the entire tab.
While final approval for the project appears imminent, it may be three to four years before the required infrastructure is in place and the system operational.
The township’s request is for 1,200 cubic metres of water per day – between two and 2.4 per cent of the Cornwall water plant’s daily capacity, according to city officials.