North-South drain

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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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