Coun­cil green­lights Smith­field project

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News

BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff South Glen­garry coun­cil has ap­proved the first phase of the pro­posed Smith­field Park rede­vel­op­ment project.

That ini­tial part of the park re­hab plan in­cludes the con­struc­tion of a multi- pur­pose pad – a 60-foot-wide by 125-foot-long hard as­phalt sur­face that will be used as a skat­ing rink in the win­ter and for other ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the rest of the year – with over­head light­ing.

It would be lo­cated on the site where the base­ball field cur­rently sits.

The first phase also calls for the con­struc­tion of two heated sheds – one for skate chang­ing, the other to serve as a pump house/me­chan­i­cal sys­tem cen­tre – and the drilling of a new well.

The to­tal cost for Phase 1, in­clud­ing a $20,000 con­tin­gency sum, is $124,788.

Ewen Mac­Don­ald, the town­ship’s gen­eral man­ager of in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices, told coun­cil at the most re­cent meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 1 that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity also stands to save some money on the first phase of the project.

“We still have the pump from when the rink was there be­fore. It’s still fully func­tional,” said Mr. Mac­Don­ald.

“And I’ve spo­ken with both the roads man­ager and the parks and fa­cil­i­ties lead hand...and we don’t need to hire a con­trac­tor for this project. We’ll look after it ‘in-house.’

“We have the re­sources, and what­ever we don’t have, we can hire the equip­ment for.”

And while Mr. Mac­Don­ald pointed out that the cost of the first phase of the project was not bud­geted for in 2018, he ex­plained that there is just over $ 78,000 – ap­prox­i­mately $12,000 of which has been raised by mem­bers of the Lan­caster com­mu­nity – in the ex­ist­ing Smith­field Park Re­serve Fund, as well as $100,000 in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s Gen­eral Park Re­serve Fund from which the re­quired cash can be drawn.

“If we can get this in un­der $125,000, we’ll make ev­ery ef­fort to do so,” he added.

Deputy- mayor/ in­com­ing mayor Frank Prevost was pleased that the Smith­field Park rede­vel­op­ment will soon be un­der­way.

“I think it’s a step in the right di­rec­tion,” he said.

“Peo­ple have been ask­ing for this for a few years.”

De­tails about any fu­ture phases of the park’s rede­vel­op­ment – as well as any pos­si­ble con­struc­tion timeta­bles for those stages – have not been for­mally dis­cussed.

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