Good to go
North Glengarry has entered into two site plan agreements that should facilitate major development projects in Alexandria and Maxville.
The Alexandria project is for two eight-unit apartment buildings on the corner of Bishop and Kenyon streets. The township entered the agreement with the site developer, Ron Theoret. This is a standard procedure where the developer and council enter into a legal agreement by way of adopting a site plan control agreement by law, wrote Chief Building Official Gerry Murphy in his report to council. “The development proposal is now considered to be complete and in compliance with the Ontario Building Code, the municipal zoning bylaw and engineering considerations including storm water management, lot grading and municipal infrastructure capacity.”
The second agreement is with the Grant Castle Corporation and concerns the inter section of Main Street and Mechanic Street Westin Maxville where the new Home Hardware store will be built. The store is expected to be about 11,000 square feet. “Any development of this size and magnitude must be presented to council for consideration by way of a site plan agreement wherecouncil can review the proposal and feel confident that the development will meet the various engineering, planning and building code requirements as well as to ensure sufficient financial securities will be held in trust with the Municipality pending the satisfactory completion of the project,” wrote Mr. Murphy. Now that the site plan agreements are in place, the next step will be issuing building permits.
While my infallibility stats will take a hit, I have no choice but to admit that last week’s item on the “Ward vs. At Large” issue contained at least one inaccuracy. As well, another statement I made requires clarification. I’d like to thank Jeff Manley, North Glengarry’s councillor for the Kenyon ward, for pointing out the discrepancies. We’ll start with the clarification. When I opined that alternating between representatives residing in north Kenyon and south Kenyon would result “in every second council having a Kenyon representative who knows where Dunvegan is,” I was speaking hypothetically. I was not suggesting that Mr. Manley was cut from this cloth. As an active member of Dunvegan’s Glengarry Pioneer Museum, he attends many events in our hamlet. As well, he has often helped set up for the Harvest Fall Festival. Jeff has also taken part in annual meetings held by the museum and the DRA, and has been spotted enjoying the DRA’s Winter Carnival breakfast on at least three separate occasions.
In short, Jeff Manley knows where Dunvegan is. As well, I’m grateful to Mr. Manley for pointing out a huge gap in the ward system of which I was not aware. There’s nothing in North Glengarry’s rulebook that requires councillors to live in the ward they represent. In other words, under the present system, someone residing in Alexandria can run for Kenyon councillor. If we want to put a referendum item on the ballot, closing this glaring loophole might be a good place to start.
It turns out my statement that “the vast majority of the tax dollars contributed by rural ratepayers go toward providing services like water (and) sewage for Alexandria residents,” was totally incorrect. The truth is that anything to do with North Glengarry’s water and sewer systems is, to quote Mr. Manley, ”paid for by the users
of the system, and this includes major infrastructure upgrades or additions.” In other words, whatever is spent on the Loch Garry watershed improvement project, the infrastructure to pipe the water to Maxville, the Maxville water tower, etc. will not be reflected on the tax bills of Kenyon and Lochiel ratepayers. Maxville and Alexandria residents are the ones solely responsible for whatever part of the tab isn’t covered by Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill.
2003 looking good
Given that the price tag for the 2018 Alexandria/ Maxville water project is estimated to be around $ 30 million, the water pipeline from the St. Lawrence to Alexandria studied by the Thompson Rosemount Group back in 2003 is looking like a real bargain. Back then, the hydrological engineers at TRG pegged the cost of this option at around $ 12 million. In today’s money, that works out to about $15.5 million, almost a bargain. Especially, when you read the conclusions section of the TRG’s 2003 study entitled Alexandria Water Supply Study. “Increased water demand and conditions have contributed to near critical source water shortages for the Town of Alexandria in the recent past. In addition, development around Loch Garry and, to a lesser extent, Middle Lake has constrained the operational practices of the Raisin Region Conservation Authority with respect to controlling lake water levels for reservoir storage… Without the constraints associated with development, the operational practices and particular the target water level( s) could be adjusted on Loch Garry to increase storage volumes without any significant environmental impacts. The lake system could then be operated as a reservoir system as opposed to a recreational lake system.”
If you’d like to read the 2003 Thompson Rosemount study for yourself, you should be able to find a copy on the RaisinSouth Nation Source Protection web site: http:// www. yourdrinkingwater.ca While a bit of a slog, it sure is an eye-opener. The comprehensive report ex- plores the hydrological feasibility of 12 separate alternatives, from doing nothing and looking for sources of supplementary groundwater to piping water from either St-Isidore or the St. Lawrence River. What’s more, it does so in a surprising amount of detail. It’s almost like they knew what they were talking about.
Church skips breakfast
If you, like me, have been wondering when this year’s spring breakfast fundraiser will be held at the Kenyon Presbyterian Church in Dunvegan, the sad answer is that it won’t. The Kenyon Presbyterian Church Women's Association has opted to focus on its annual May 26 ham supper instead.
When checking the March 22, 1918 issue of
to see what my counterpart was writing about a century ago, a substantial front page ad caught my eye. Topped with the Royal Coat of Arms of Canada and a big bold headline, the public notice explained Canada’s brand new Dominion War Tax Act, an allegedly temporary measure introduced to pay for the debts racked up during “the war to end all wars.” As we subsequently learned, WWI didn’t end all wars. And the government of Canada’s love affair with income tax was far from short lived. Up until the First World War, Canada had managed to meet its financial obligations through levies like custom duties on imported goods and excise taxes on commodities produced or sold within a country, for example, the excise tax on tobacco and cigarettes. As you can tell, Canada’s civil service and government programs were far skinnier then than they are today. After reading the 1918 ad, I wondered if its authors realized their “temporary” measure would continue to dog us a century down the line. Or that the labels they coined to differentiate the various tax forms would survive into the 21st century. Another feature that the Commissioner of Taxation’s office in 1918 shares with today’s Canada Revenue Agency is the obvious delight it took in the absolutes of power. To quote from the 1918 ad, “the Dominion Income War Tax Act requires you to fill in one or more of the five special Forms provided before 31st March, 1918. In order to assist the public to understand just what is required of them, information on each form is given below. Read carefully, then get three copies of the form that fits your case and fill them in. Answer all questions fully and accurately. For making false statements, a penalty of $10,000 or six months imprisonment, or both, is provided.”
If you’re curious, neither the March 22, 1918 nor the March 29, 1918 editions of
had reports from the Dunvegan correspondent of the day. She or he was no doubt furiously filling out the new tax forms in triplicate.
frame of mind, I wanted to remind private individuals and businesses that the Glengarry County Archives may be able to issue a tax receipt for the historical items you donate to the collection.
Not only will your records be preserved for future generations and be kept in a secure environment by knowledgeable archival staff, but you could also enjoy significant tax savings. When I asked archivist, Allan J. MacDonald, what he meant by “significant” he said the tax credit could range from hundreds of dollars to over a hundred thousand dollars, depending on the value of the collection. Allan also stressed that an independent professional does the evaluations. For more information, please contact Allan at 613- 209- 0202 or glengarrycount[email protected] gmail. com
PROGRESS: Work on the new Home Hardware store in Maxville continues after North Glengarry finalized a site plan agreement.