Wa­ter de­ci­sion com­ing

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

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.

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