Council greenlights Smithfield project
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.