Cornwall water talks refreshed
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff South Glengarry officials want to re-open talks with their counterparts in Cornwall regarding the extension of city municipal water services to Boundary Road, two-and-a-half years after a similar request by the township was resoundingly turned down.
“It (an agreement) would basically cover the area from Tyotown Road, up to the 401, for now,” South Glengarry CAO Bryan Brown told last week.
“And we’ll have a more lengthy discussion, probably in the future, after we’ve completed an EA ( Environmental Assessment) of the Greater Glen Walter Area, in terms of where we see Glen Walter in the next five to 10 years...but that won’t happen for probably another two years, because it’s going to take about 18 months to do the EA.”
At its January 25 regular meeting, South Glengarry council set a tentative date of March 7 for what would be a special meeting between the councils of the respective municipalities.
However, Mr. Brown pointed out that the date, as well as the time and locale for the session, have yet to be confirmed, although he said “both sides hope” to get together “in the near future.”
The South Glengarry CAO feels it’s a good idea for both councils to return to the table on the municipal water matter, calling a potential deal between the township and city “a win-win” for both communities.
“It’s a revenue- generating opportunity for them...I think everybody knows that the city’s municipal water system is under capacity by quite a bit...and we need municipal water in that ‘part of the world,’ he said.
“It’s more cost-effective for us to secure it from the city than to extend lines that we have, or to create new systems for that area.”
During a meeting in September 2013, Cornwall council rejected South Glengarry’s request for municipal water and wastewater services for Boundary Road, by an eight-totwo vote (Councillor Denis Carr was absent), citing capacity issues as the primary reason for doing so.
Following that meeting, South Glengarry Mayor Ian McLeod expressed his frustration with city council’s decision.
“We were asking for 1,200 cubic metres a day, and the capacity of their existing plant, I understand, is 50,000 to 60,000 cubic metres per day,” said the mayor.
Cornwall CAO Norm Levac told both councils during the meeting that there was “no prob- The Ontario Health Study needs your help. Jocelyn Garrett, who is overseeing part of the study, hopes that area residents will fill out a form at www.ontariohealthstudy.ca. Information gleaned from the study will help researchers improve access to cancer treatment programs in the province.
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Mr. Levac also stated that South Glengarry would “be paying for all of the (required) infrastructure costs” – estimated to be about $4 million – and that capital and maintenance costs levied by the city would “cause it (the extension of services) to be, effectively, cost neutral” to the larger municipality.
Cornwall council – with the exception of former Councillor Syd Gardiner and Mayor Bob Kilger, both of whom supported South Glengarry’s request – also pointed to the potentiallyadverse economic impact on the city, as well as its ratepayers, that granting the township’s request would cause.
Then-mayor Kilger spoke of the importance of collective regional economic development initiatives between the two municipalities, adding that he “didn’t see” the development of the Boundary Road corridor as “competition from South Glengarry.”
Maureen Adams, the city’s general manager of financial services and treasurer, debunked the belief that Cornwall residents would be on the hook for the project.
“The financial impact of providing water and sewer services, per this request, will not be subsidized in any way by the ratepayers within the City of Cornwall, or by the tax base,” she explained.
As for the water/wastewater capacity issue, Mr. Brown stated last week that it shouldn’t be a concern for Cornwall council or administration.
“The last I saw, they’re at 30some per cent capacity,” he said.
“Even if the city’s population went up 30 per cent...or about 15,000 new residents, and that’s going to take a long time to happen...That still doesn’t even take them to 50 per cent capacity.”
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