NORTH GLENGARRY NOTES
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.
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.