15-acre Curry Hill site pegged for de­vel­op­ment

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there had been any dis­cus­sions with the prop­erty owner, Har­min­der Sandu/2592765 On­tario Inc., of Pick­er­ing.

“There was dis­cus­sion on it,” replied Mrs. Ha­ley. “As you’re prob­a­bly aware, our cur­rent pol­icy does not re­quire the en­tire prop­erty to be paved, so I have no au­thor­ity to force them to pave it.”

The pro­posed truck stop to be lo­cated on part of the 15-acre site of the former drive-in theatre at 6100 4th Line Rd., op­po­site the Curry Hill Truck Stop (6115 4th Line Rd.) will con­sist of a 2,000-square-foot con­ve­nience store, fuel pumps for cars and trucks and trac­tor-trailer park­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

“This would be the first phase of a few other ideas that are pro­posed for the site, which is ex­cit­ing for us be­cause the own­ers’ goal is to ac­tu­ally de­velop the whole 15 acres,” ex­plained Mrs. Ha­ley, who added that the fa­cil­ity would “def­i­nitely help the truck­ing in­dus­try” along the por­tion of High­way 401 that tra­verses the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“I don’t know if coun­cil mem­bers are hear­ing com­ments or com­plaints that we need more park­ing in our area, but for those of us who are here in Lan­caster in the evening the Fly­ing J is full. BVD (Corn­wall Truck Stop) on Bound­ary Road is also of­ten full, and they have park­ing spa­ces for over 80 trans­port trucks.”

In re­sponse to the con­cerns raised by the mayor and Deputy-Mayor Frank Prevost, Mrs. Ha­ley sug­gested that coun­cil could de­fer ap­proval of the site plan con­trol agree­ment re­quired to ini­ti­ate the first phase of the project un­til the park­ing lot paving mat­ter is re­solved. Sub­se­quently, she would work with the de­vel­oper to amend the doc­u­ment in

or­der to ad­dress the is­sues and bring the re­vised site plan con­trol agree­ment back to coun­cil at a later date. Coun­cil ul­ti­mately agreed to Mrs. Ha­ley’s rec­om­men­da­tion. The prop­erty’s own­ers are look­ing at start­ing con­struc­tion on the truck stop next spring, al­though Mrs. Ha­ley said they are look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of be­gin­ning work some­time this win­ter, pend­ing ap­proval from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the Min­istry of the En­vi­ron­ment.

Clar­i­fi­ca­tion of tax ar­rears

The Glen­garry News has re­ceived a num­ber of phone calls from in­di­vid­u­als com­ment­ing on our front page ar­ti­cle, en­tilted ‘Get tough on tax ar­rears,’ from our Sept. 19, 2018 edi­tion.

In it, we write that at the end of 2017, North Glen­garry had an ac­cu­mu­lated sur­plus of $43,745,446. How­ever, we should note that this doesn’t mean the town­ship has that much money in the bank. The above fig­ure ac­counts for all of the town­ship’s as­sets (i.e. town­ship-owned build­ings and land).

In the ar­ti­cle, we also noted that the town­ship’s au­di­tor, Welch LLP, iden­ti­fied 238 North Glen­garry tax ac­counts that were in ar­rears for a to­tal of $938,595. How­ever that only rep­re­sents the ac­counts that have been in ar­rears for two or more years, mean­ing the town­ship could put the prop­er­ties up for tax sale.

If we in­clude all the ac­counts in ar­rears, in­clud­ing the ones less than two years old that can­not legally be sold, the town­ship’s to­tal tax ar­rears stand at $1.8 mil­lion.

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