No Main? No prob­lem

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

The or­ga­niz­ers of South Glen­garry’s pro­posed Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Plan (CIP) have iden­ti­fied a prob­lem bring­ing the pro­gram into Glen Wal­ter.

“The pur­pose of this event is to en­gage busi­ness own­ers and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity on the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of Main Street ar­eas,” said Joanne Ha­ley, South Glen­garry’s Gen­eral Man­ager - Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, at an in­for­ma­tion meet­ing at the Glen Wal­ter fire sta­tion last Wed­nes­day evening.

Very quickly, the hand­ful of peo­ple men­tioned that Glen Wal­ter doesn’t have a tra­di­tional Main Street – a strange re­al­ity for a com­mu­nity that has one of the town­ship’s largest tax bases.

While com­mu­ni­ties like Lan­caster and Mart­in­town have read­ily iden­ti­fi­able main streets, that’s not the case in Glen Wal­ter. Per­haps the clos­est thing it has to one is County Road 2 and al­though there are a num­ber of busi­nesses on it, sev­eral other en­ter­prises are far re­moved from it.

Ms. Ha­ley said the sit­u­a­tion would not stop the town­ship from try­ing to im­ple­ment the pro­gram in Glen Wal­ter.

“We would have to come up with a map that would de­ter­mine the el­i­gi­ble prop­er­ties,” she said.

South Glen­garry’s CIP is a joint ini­tia­tive with the United Coun­ties of Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry. While the up­per tier mu­nic­i­pal­ity wants to fo­cus on re­de­vel­op­ing brown­fields, de­vel­op­ing agri-tourism, and re­pur­pos­ing va­cant land, the South Glen­garry pro­gram would fo­cus on pro­vid­ing grants for façade im­prove­ment, new sig­nage, build­ing and land­scape im­prove­ments, her­itage restora­tion, and build­ing per­mit fees.

South Glen­garry is, to a large part, em­u­lat- ing the CIP that’s been in place in North Glen­garry for the past two years. In fact, North Glen­garry’s pro­gram was ref­er­enced sev­eral times at Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing, specif­i­cally how the town­ship ini­tially of­fered the pro­gram ex­clu­sively to prop­erty own­ers in Alexan­dria and Maxville be­fore branching out into smaller mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

More im­me­di­ately, South Glen­garry needs to cre­ate a CIP ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee be­fore it can move for­ward. Ms. Ha­ley says that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity will spend $25,000 on the pro­gram in 2018. When pressed, she stated that the money is tax­payer money and con­ceded that some res­i­dents might ob­ject to their money be­ing used for such im­prove­ments.

South Glen­garry’s Deputy-Mayor, Frank Prevost, con­firmed that the United Coun­ties had bud­geted $100,000 for the ini­tia­tives.

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