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Cedar weave

North Glen­garry will spend $13,820 (plus HST) to in­stall fil­ter cloth and cedar weave un­der the new play­ground struc­tures in front of the Maxville & District Sports Com­plex.

The cedar weave will re­place the sand, which has, tra­di­tion­ally, been used at the bot­tom of the play struc­tures. How­ever, the town­ship de­cided to go in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion upon see­ing how well the cedar weave works at play­grounds in Alexan­dria and Ap­ple Hill.

Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Di­rec­tor Anne Le­duc says that the cedar weave is eas­ier to main­tain than sand, which com­pacts over time.

For her part, Maxville Ward Coun­cil­lor Carma Wil­liams wel­comed the change, say­ing that there have been times when sand wasps swarmed around the sand, pos­ing a dan­ger to chil­dren play­ing there.

The funds will come from the Maxville Cap­i­tal Project, which will have an es­ti­mated $43,000 in re­serves once the work is com­pleted. Lochiel Ward Coun­cil­lor Brian Cad­dell said that money should be used to pay for the com­mu­nity’s roads and side­walks.

Per­mit fees

Coun­cil will pe­ti­tion the provin­cial gov­ern­ment – as well as Glen­garry’s two MPPs, Jim McDonell and Amanda Si­mard – to re­peal the higher rates that were re­cently im­posed by the Al­co­hol and Gam­ing Com­mi­sion of On­tario for Spe­cial Oc­ca­sion Per­mits.

In the past, fairs, fes­ti­vals and small ru­ral events could ob­tain a three-day li­cense to serve al­co­hol for only $ 75. Ef­fec­tive April 1, 2018, that rate was raised to $150 per day, mean­ing that a three- day event would pay an ad­di­tional $ 375 un­der the new fee struc­ture.

Mayor Chris McDonell wasted no time throw­ing his sup­port be­hind the pe­ti­tion.

“This is wrong as far as I’m con­cerned,” he said. “We should do some­thing about it.”

Coun­cil­lor Brian Cad­dell agreed, say­ing there are many small town events that will suf­fer be­cause of it.

As an ex­am­ple, he named the Wil­liamstown Fair.

“It runs on a very tight bud­get and this would def­i­nitely be a blow to them,” he said.


Coun­cil has ap­proved two more ap­pli­ca­tions un­der its Com­mu­nity Improvemen­t Pro­gram.

The first is Alexan­dria’s for­mer Me­loche & Sabourin meat Mar­ket, lo­cated at 17 Main St. N., which is cur­rently un­der­go­ing about $30,000 worth of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. How­ever, coun­cil has only ap­proved $7,396.64 in CIP grants and an­other $ 10,000 in loans.

The butcher shop closed 20 years ago and the build­ing has re­mained va­cant ever since. The new own­ers, Serge Belle­feuille and Michelle Daprato, want to re­vi­tal­ize it and use it for com­mer­cial space.

The bulk of the grant money will be used to im­prove two of the prop­erty’s fa­cades, which will in­clude a brand new colour scheme com­plete with a front door that’s coloured “plas­tic pink flamingo.”

The other prop­erty is for a house at 21902 Main St. in Glen Robertson. Its owner, Maxime Chouinard, has suc­cess­fully ap­plied for a $10,000 loan as well as $ 7,738.88 in grant re­quests, which will al­low for one third of the house’s front façade to be cov­ered in grey stone and for the en­tire house to be re­clad in “River Rock” grey vinyl sid­ing.

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