Tower sav­ings

The Glengarry News - - Classifieds - – Steven War­bur­ton

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.

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