Bas­ket­ball, ten­nis courts, floor­ing to be im­proved

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - - Steven War­bur­ton

North Glen­garry coun­cil has ap­proved a num­ber of con­tracts for its com­mu­nity ser­vices depart­ment, rang­ing from bas­ket­ball to floor­ing.

On May 14, coun­cil ap­proved a $49,700 con­tract (plus HST) with the Ot­tawa-based Dal­con Con­struc­tors Ltd. to build an out­door bas­ket­ball court at Is­land Park in Alexan­dria.

Coun­cil had put aside $55,000 for the new court as part of the Is­land Park cap­i­tal bud­get dur­ing the 2018 bud­get ex­er­cise.

The $49,700 will pay for an as­phalt slab at the park. Dal­con ten­dered an­other pro­posal to build a con­crete slab for the court, but that came in at a whop­ping $114,700. Corn­wall Gravel Co. also sub­mit­ted a ten­der on the job, bid­ding only $33 more than Dal­con for the as­phalt slab.

Speak­ing of Is­land Park, the town­ship has also com­mit­ted to re­pair­ing the ten­nis court and in­stalling out­door ex­er­cise equip­ment.

Coun­cil ap­proved $4,700 (plus HST) to fully re­ha­bil­i­tate the ten- nis courts, which would in­clude clean­ing the sur­face, lev­el­ling, fill­ing in cav­i­ties, and colour­ing. Ad­di­tion­ally, the Alexan­dria Recreation Com­mit­tee is in­vest­ing part of its ap­proved 2018 cap­i­tal bud­get to pur­chase wind­screen net­ting.

Re­gard­ing the ex­er­cise equip­ment, coun­cil will spend about $4,400 (plus HST) from the Is­land Park cap­i­tal bud­get to pur­chase out­door ex­er­cise equip­ment, specif­i­cally a lower body stretcher/step­per sta­tion. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity hopes this pur­chase will com­ple­ment the re­cum­bent bike/hand sta­tion that Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Glen­garry hopes to pur­chase for the park through the pro­ceeds of its third an­nual Com­mU­NITY Run slated for Sept. 29.

It should be noted that nei­ther the ten­nis court nor out­door ex­er­cise sta­tion project will carry any ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions. Ac­cord­ing to a staff re­port pre­pared by Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Di­rec­tor Anne Le­duc, town­ship staff has iden­ti­fied nearly $10,000 of sav­ings in its Is­land Park cap­i­tal bud­get. She says this amount will off­set both projects.

Fi­nally, the town­ship will spend just over $10,700 to Les Cou­vre­planch­ers Clé­ment to re­place the floor in the com­mu­nity hall of the Maxville and Dis­trict Sports Com­plex.

Coun­cil had bud­geted $15,000 for the project through the com­plex’s bud­get. Part of the re­main­ing funds will be used to re­in­stall new wood base­boards around the cir­cum­fer­ence of the hall.

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