Gaetan’s gets new, fixed base
Gaetan’s Chip Stand will switch from its mobile food truck to a new semi-permanent trailer at its location on Main Street South in Alexandria.
North Glengarry council agreed to the company’s request to install a new trailer and natural gas service at 59 Main St. S., while renewing the five-year lease on the space it uses in a municipal parking lot.
Coun. Michel Depratto was the only councillor opposed. Councillors Jacques Massie and Jeff Manley were absent from the meeting.
Mr. Depratto said he was also against the other chip stand operating from a trailer at the north end of town, too.
“There is nothing wrong with the chip stand but there is something wrong with it being there all the time,” he said.
The councillor added the bright yellow colour of the Gaetan’s unit will clash with the township’s new soft grey and neutral tones the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) committee is promoting for downtown businesses. Since the new unit will be connected to a natural gas line, Gaetan’s owner Terry Sauvé noted the trailer could not be moved every day, however it could be relocated if required. Some councillors pointed out there isn’t a problem with the chip stand being at the same location overnight because there isn’t much traffic in Alexandria late in the evenings, and residents likely wouldn’t notice it’s there. Coun. Carma Williams asked Gaetan’s to arrange for snow removal. CAO Daniel Gagnon related the business’s lease is due for renewal in January 2017 but the township will instead start a new lease in September, incorporating the changes council approved at the meeting. The rent is $6,000 per year.
Mr. Gagnon indicated the township will ensure the new trailer meets provincial and federal regulations and that the signage and the location of the unit meet the goal of “beautifying” Main Street as part of the CIP plan. Mr. Sauvé pointed out in his proposal Gaetan’s is “an institution” in the community and is a popular, busy operation for take-away food.