‘SHOW US THE MONEY’

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

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.

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