Construction begins on storage facility
Groundwork for the construction of South Glengarry’s new winter roads material storage facility in Summerstown is underway.
“Site work has commenced. The granulars are being put in for the base of the site, for both the parking and the storage facility,” Ewen MacDonald, the township’s general manager of infrastructure services, said during a recent regular township council meeting.
The $ 720,000 facility is being built on municipally- owned property on Airport Road, off Summerstown Road (County Road 27), near the fire services training area.
It will house a full winter’s capacity of both road salt and stone dust.
Bourgon Construction of Cornwall is building the structure.
Mr. MacDonald added that construction of the facility will likely be completed by mid- October and that it will be fully operational by winter.
South Glengarry township will have more than $250,000 to help cover the costs of two infrastructure-related projects after formally authorizing an agreement with the province to procure the funding.
Ewen MacDonald, the township’s general manager of infrastructure services, and consultants retained by the municipality, were successful in obtaining grants on the township’s behalf through the Canada- Ontario Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) – just over $160,000 towards the approximately $220,000 to $230,000 water treatment plan rehabilitation project at Kennedy Redwood Estates, and almost $94,000 for the Glen Walter and Area Master Water and Wastewater Servicing Plan Update (GWEA). The former project was recently completed, while the GWEA is currently underway, with consulting and engineering firm WSP of Cornwall having conducted a door-to-door survey and collection of water samples for a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment last month. The CWWF applications were approved earlier this year, but council had to pass a resolution at its Sept. 5 regular meeting in order to access them.
South Glengarry’s former deputy-treasurer has received a promotion.
Lachlan McDonald completed the progression to general manager of corporate services and treasurer – after having served as intern deputy-treasurer (appointed in December 2014), deputy-treasurer, general manager of corporate services and deputy-treasurer – with council’s approval at the Sept. 5 regular meeting.
Outgoing township treasurer Mike Samson, whose retirement became official with Mr. McDonald’s appointment, praised his mentee in a brief address to council.
“I’m pleased to hand over the treasurer’s duties, fully, to his care,” said Mr. Samson. “He’s made me proud of the work we’ve accomplished together... He’s dedicated to doing the best possible job for the township.”
However, Mr. Samson joked that the transition process wasn’t without the occasional hiccup.
“I must admit that I had to use the whip a couple of times,” he said, with a smile.
Mr. Samson had retired in 2012, but returned two years later, shortly after former township treasurer Jeff Bush, as well as former CAO Derik Brandt, were terminated by the municipality.
He remained on as treasurer, helping Mr. McDonald in his transition, until his official resignation last week.
In a letter presented to council at the Sept. 5 meeting, Mr. Samson stated that he “will remain available to the township staff to answer questions or provide any help that I can, if they wish to contact me.”