‘Peo­ple-friendly’ places

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY AN­GELA BROWN News Staff

North Glen­garry hopes its new Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Plan (CIP) will turn Alexan­dria’s Mill Square and Maxville’s King Ge­orge Park into “peo­ple-friendly” places.

At meet­ings last week, ar­chi­tect Cé­cile Baird pre­sented pro­posed Mill Square and King Ge­orge Park im­prove­ments, that arose from the com­mu­nity vi­sion­ing process. For Mill Square, she de­picted a pedes­trian path that would loop around the back of the 100year-old Priest’s Mill and wa­ter­fall, then west to Mill Pond.

This would con­nect Is­land Park to Alexan­dria’s down­town core and en­cour­age a healthy flow of pedes­trian ac­tiv­ity in the Square, so the space could be­come a hub for the com­mu­nity. She rec­om­mended more green­ery to en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The con­cept pro­posed in­volves trans­form­ing Mill Square into a mul­ti­func­tional pub­lic space with an ac­ces­si­ble wa­ter­front,” said eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Kerri-Lynn Strot­mann. “The space would serve as a street and a park­ing area, but could also serve as a pub­lic gath­er­ing space for spe­cial events or, per­haps in the fu­ture, the weekly pub­lic and ar­ti­sanal mar­ket. “

To cre­ate the de­sign for King Ge­orge Park in down­town Maxville, Ms. Baird in­cor­po­rated com­mu­nity sug­ges­tions and de­picted a small stage at the north side of the park, while the ex­te­rior wall of Muir’s Bak­ery build­ing on the south side could be used as a back­drop for hold­ing movie nights on Sum­mer evenings. The cen­tre of the park space could in­clude seat­ing. The area is al­ready be­ing used by the farm­ers’ mar­ket.

The town­ship will re­ceive 50 per cent ($19,000) from a Canada 150 fed­eral grant and will cover the re­main­ing cost it­self for a $39,000 Mill Square upgrade, while the Maxville com­mu­nity plans to fundraise to upgrade King Ge­orge Park.

Priest’s Mill Glass­works owner Eric Cov­ing­ton said an im­prove­ment to Mill Square “would cer­tainly do very well for me” to bring more peo­ple to his busi­ness.

He added he still hopes of­fi­cials cre­ate a cross­walk on Main Street near Cen­tre Street. The town­ship said it will work on hav­ing some type of pedes­trian cross­ing in­stalled. “It’s dan­ger­ous to cross the road to get my morn­ing cup of coffee,” said Mr. Cov­ing­ton.

He hopes to upgrade his busi­ness en­trance with new sig­nage and a re­tractable awning, say­ing the CIP grant pro­gram “makes it all a

area, off High­way 401, east of Lan­caster. “We were go­ing to one in­ci­dent when Mr. Robert­son’s truck over-turned. It was like a domino ef­fect,” said Mr. Ler­oux.

Ded­i­cated fire­fighter

The Lan­caster fire hall re­cently rec­og­nized Mr. Robert­son with the Fire­fighter of the Year award for 2015 for his com­mit­ted ser­vice. Mr. Ler­oux de­scribes Mr. Robert­son, who has been a mem­ber of the brigade four years, as a hum­ble man who is very con­sci­en­tious and pas­sion­ate about his work as a vol­un­teer fire­fighter. Mr. Ler­oux re­lates Mr. Robert­son is a very ac­tive and ded­i­cated mem­ber of the fire depart­ment, adding be­cause Mr. Robert­son lives in Lan­caster he at­tends to most calls and is ac­tive in the com­mu­nity.

“He will be missed for a pe­riod of time. I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing him back in the sta­tion, ac­tive again,” added the chief. Mr. Ler­oux and two se­nior of­fi­cers vis­ited Mr. Robert­son Sun­day, and found him to be in good spir­its. “Un­der the cir­cum­stances, he was very pos­i­tive and was co­her­ent. We had a few laughs. It’s all pos­i­tive. We are wait­ing for the tests and re­sults,” added Mr. Ler­oux. “We wish a very speedy re­cov­ery for Randy.”

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