North Glengarry council saved $50,000 by going with a more large-scale design for decorative work on the new Maxville water tower.
The tower design will feature the village's name in six foot high letters. Directly underneath that will be a 46-foot-long strip of Glengarry Highland Games tartan. The original design allowed for the township's slogan, Ontario's Celtic Heartland, to be superimposed on the tartan but the township's Public Works Committee later voted to remove it. Committee chairman and Lochiel Ward Councillor Brian Caddell explained that removing the slogan would help solidify the tower as a Maxville landmark rather than a Glengarry one.
The township's engineering firm, the Cornwall-based EVB Engineering, was given two design options by Landmark Structures, a company that specializes in water storage facilities. The first option allowed for a more detailed tartan pattern. This would have cost $125,000 (plus HST) and would add 25 more working days to the project schedule. Instead, the committee voted for a larger scale of the pattern, which would only add 15 more working days to the schedule and would cost $75,000 plus HST.
The committee felt this was the best choice since, from a distance, it would be difficult to make out the finer points of the tartan.