BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff South Glengarry council passed a bylaw at its most recent regular meeting regarding cost-sharing for the Charlottenburgh-Kenyon Municipal Drain.
The conduit runs north of Glen Roy, encompassing the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks and Kenyon Concession 1 Road, into North Glengarry.
Treasurer Lachlan McDonald explained that when a municipal drain runs across municipal boundaries, a bylaw is required for the municipality that maintains the drain to charge the other municipality “that receives benefits to upstream owners.”
An engineer’s report from 1979 was used as a basis to determine that North Glengarry’s pro rata maintenance costs are 34.8 per cent – or $2,113.81 – of the total estimated 2018 drain maintenance cost of $6,000, with South Glengarry on the hook for the remaining 65.2 perc ent, or $3,961.11
Maintenance includes the excavation of the ditch bottom, spreading of soil material and removal of beaver dams.
Mr. McDonald related that there are “a multitude of municipal drains” – estimated to be between 200 and 350 – within South Glengarry. Each drain has its own engineer’s report, and that some go back more than 100 years.
An Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) web page explains that municipal drains “have been a fixture of rural Ontario’s infrastructure since the 1800s,” and that while they were primarily constructed to improve the drainage of agricultural lands, they also remove excess water collected by roadside ditches, residential lots, commercial and industrial lands, churches, schools, and other properties in rural areas. “Without them, many areas of the province would be subjected to regular flooding, reduced production from agricultural land and increased public health risks,” it adds.
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