‘SHOW US THE MONEY’
Congratulations. Now show us the money. North Glengarry Deputy Mayor, and mayoralty candidate, Jamie MacDonald, wasted no time in reminding what the township expects of the new Conservative provincial government.
“Well, it’s never too early to start lobbying,” Mr. MacDonald wrote on Twitter at 5:26 a.m. June 8, a few hours after the Progressive Conservatives led by Doug Ford ousted Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals.
“Will your government honour the commitment of $4.5 million passed in the last budget for North Glengarry (Maxville) water? We need affordable water,” he tweeted in a message directed to Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Amanda Simard, Stormont-DundasSouth Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell and Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod.
With Ms. Simard succeeding Liberal Grant Crack, both North and South Glengarry are now represented by Conservatives, who will be members of a huge majority Tory government, that is expected to include Ms. MacLeod as a cabinet minister.
North Glengarry obviously hopes that Glengarry voters’ traditional steadfast support of Conservatives will pay off in the form of additional provincial money for the $30 million undertaking to bring drinking water from Alexandria to Maxville, a project that began in May and is expected to take about 24 months. A year ago, the federal government had awarded $15 million while the province committed to $7.5 million, leaving North Glengarry’s taxpayers to pick up the remaining $7.5 million, or 25 per cent of the total.
But the last budget adopted by the former Liberal government contained another $4.5
million, that would reduce the local share to ten per cent.
Meanwhile, Maxville is one large construction zone as the construction of a water tower and installation of water mains continue.
Work on Main Street, Catherine Street West, and Alexander Street will be completed before the Highland Games, the township has said.
The next major component will be the construction of the transmission main from Alexandria to Maxville.
The 20.6-kilometre line will start at Industrial Boulevard, continue
north to the CN tracks and then west along an unopened road allowance until it gets to Auld MacMillan Road. It will then travel north and then turn west on Kenyon Concession 5. From there it will turn north on Dornie Road, west on Kenyon Concession 6, north on County Road 30 and west on County Road 22 into Maxville.
PRESSURE: The new Conservative government is being pressed to live up to the Liberals’ pledge to provide extra money for the Maxville water system.
ON TRACK: A water tower is going up while water mains are being dug under the railway tracks.