Con­struc­tion be­gins on stor­age fa­cil­ity

The Glengarry News - - News - – Scott Carmichael

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.

Fund­ing agree­ment

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.

Mc­Don­ald pro­moted

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.”

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