Ser­vice hook-ups will cost $2,000 more

The Glengarry News - - Our Country Correspond­ents - – An­gela Brown

North Glen­garry is in­creas­ing the rates it charges for new residentia­l and com­mer­cial con­nec­tions to its wa­ter and sewer sys­tems.

Coun­cil has ap­proved a Public Works Depart­ment pro­posal to raise ser­vice con­nec­tion fees, cit­ing the need for in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments. With the residentia­l fee in­creas­ing from $1,500 to $2,500 for each ser­vice, the to­tal bill will rise from $3,000 to $5,000 to con­nect to both sys­tems.

Mu­nic­i­pal staff com­pared North Glen­garry’s rates with those of neigh­bour­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and de­ter­mined the NG charges would not have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the town­ship’s com­pet­i­tive po­si­tion.

Public Works di­rec­tor Ryan Mor­ton said the in­crease per­tains to cer­tain ser­vices. Large con­nec­tions were not af­fected be­cause there are few com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial ad­di­tions each year. As well, the town­ship wants “larger job-cre­at­ing busi­ness” to come to town.

“There­fore, in keep­ing with that con­cept, we did not in­crease some of the larger con­sumer charges,” Mr. Mor­ton said. His re­port also shows that North Glen­garry fees are still “half of what they charge in South Glen­garry.”

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