15-acre Curry Hill site pegged for development
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.