New fire fa­cil­ity lo­ca­tion

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - -- Steven War­bur­ton

For the sec­ond time in a year, North Glen­garry coun­cil has ap­proved a site for the town­ship's fire­fight­ers' train­ing fa­cil­ity.

In Au­gust, coun­cil ap­proved a site in Alexan­dria's west end but, ac­cord­ing to Fire Chief Pat Gau­thier, forth­com­ing reg­u­la­tions will pro­hibit such fa­cil­i­ties from be­ing in­side or near ur­ban set­tle- ment bound­aries.

As such, the depart­ment had to find a new lo­ca­tion. It found one, a seven-acre site at 18535 Di­ver­sion Road just off County Road 43 north­east of Ap­ple Hill.

Chief Gau­thier says he's re­ceived ver­bal ap­proval from the prop­erty owner and that a for­mal land use agree­ment will be pre­sented to coun­cil. The depart­ment will also need help from Pub­lic Works in clear­ing brush, grad­ing the lot, and in­stalling a dry hy­drant near a pond.

The chief hopes to up­grade the site by bring­ing in a class­room, pos­si­bly a used por­ta­ble, with wash­room fa­cil­i­ties.

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