Father-son drain team
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff South Glengarry council appointed the firm of MacDonald Technical Services Inc. – consisting of long-time township employee Gary MacDonald and his son Sean – as the municipality’s drainage superintendent at Monday night’s regular council meeting.
The elder MacDonald, who’d held the drainage superintendent title since amalgamation in 1998 and had previously served in a similar capacity for the former Lancaster township between 1984 and 1998 – recently formed the partnership with his son.
Sean temporarily replaced his father last May after Gary suffered a broken leg which restricted his mobility and prevented him from performing many of his outdoor, workrelated duties.
The younger Mr. MacDonald had worked as an assistant to his father for several years before last year’s interim posting, and completed the OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) drainage superintendent’s course in 2011.
South Glengarry treasurer Mike Samson said the appointment “doesn’t change things much in the ways that we’ve been doing business.”
However, Mr. Samson explained that a bylaw naming the MacDonalds corporation as the township’s drainage superintendent had to be drafted and passed to ensure that the municipality continues to be in compliance with OMAFRA guidelines “in order to qualify for the available drainage grants for both the drainage superintendent services and the performance of maintenance work on municipal drains.”
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