‘I speak for those who in­sist on fru­gal­ity and cau­tion’

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The Ed­i­tor, tion. On July 4, Coun­cil ap­proved $424,581 worth of side­walks in When Cathy Grant ex­pressed her “shock and dis­ap­point­ment to read Maxville. Of that to­tal, $156,118 is to come from Town­ship re­serves and (my) com­ments” ( The Glen­garry News, Au­gust 15, 2018) re­gard­ing the gas tax. On July 23, Coun­cil was pre­sented with a pro­posal to re­ha­bil­i­tate road­work re­quired by the Maxville Wa­ter Project, I have to ad­mit that 39 Maxville streets at a cost of $1,592,808. Some­how, that pro­posal was I had my own feel­ings of shock and dis­ap­point­ment. re­duced on the af­ter­noon of our Coun­cil meet­ing to $168,000 and ac

A few words in print taken from a lengthy in­ter­view do not rep­re­sent cepted by my col­leagues on Coun­cil. No doubt the re­main­der of the the full scale of the is­sues in­volved in my stand on this topic. Es­pe­cially $1,592,808 pro­posal will come be­fore coun­cil soon. All of this be­fore calto be ac­cused of some­how not be­ing fa­mil­iar with Maxville and its res- cu­lat­ing a large num­ber of Change Or­ders al­ready sub­mit­ted by the idents leaves me shak­ing my head. I have many friends in Maxville, I con­trac­tor. That num­ber should be re­leased soon. have walked all of the streets in Maxville and I have vol­un­teered at and A key state­ment in the ex­pen­di­ture pro­pos­als that come to coun­cil is at­tended many, many events in Maxville and yes, I hope to rep­re­sent that they will be “funded through the project, to the max­i­mum amount Maxville and all of North Glen­garry, after the next elec­tion. pos­si­ble” and “any bal­ance re­main­ing is re­viewed for fi­nanc­ing op­tions.” Here are some points to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion. (Debt or re­serves) The Maxville project has a bud­get of $29,255,182. Fed­eral and provin- The con­trac­tor does ad­di­tional work and charges ac­cord­ingly. The cial gov­ern­ments have com­mit­ted $22,500,000 with an­other $4,500,000 project es­ti­mate al­lows for $2,255,182 in debt. When the project is com­in­cluded in the Lib­eral bud­get, put forth be­fore the provin­cial elec­tion. plete, we will see how much debt we have. Maxville’s streets would be

At this point in time, the new gov­ern­ment has failed to con­firm that nicely paved un­der the con­tract. I ques­tion the need for ad­di­tional side­money after re­peated re­quests from our staff and coun­cil. Even with walks on dead-end streets with few houses and no through traf­fic. that money, the Town­ship is com­mit­ted to $2,255,182 in debt to be paid By com­par­i­son, I look at Alexan­dria and the area east of Bishop Street, by all wa­ter ratepay­ers in the town­ship. The Maxville por­tion of the lead­ing to Le Re­lais High School. (Grades 7-12) There are no side­walks project is not 50 per cent com­plete and the trans­mis­sion main from in that large, res­i­den­tial area which is far more densely pop­u­lated than Alexan­dria to Maxville, through Kenyon, has not yet be­gun. Maxville. Many se­niors live there and it pro­vides the ma­jor path­way to

I don’t be­lieve it is time to de­clare the project un­der bud­get. There is the school. con­tin­gency money built into the $29,255,182 and that is in­tended to At the same time, ac­cord­ing to Up­per Canada District School Board cover the un­ex­pected work not in­cluded in the var­i­ous con­tracts signed sta­tis­tics, Maxville has seven stu­dents who walk to school. to com­plete the project. Coun­cil (not in­clud­ing my­self) has ap­proved Maxville is a very nice vil­lage that boasts many unique fea­tures and an ad­di­tional $157,000 to be added to the con­tract for the wa­ter tower. won­der­ful peo­ple. If peo­ple dis­agree with my stand against un­nec­es­sary As of July 17, ap­proved “Change Or­ders” for the not yet com­pleted spend­ing, I un­der­stand. How­ever, I be­lieve I speak for those who in­sist tower, to­tal $274,000. Change Or­ders are the con­trac­tor’s de­mands for on cau­tion and fru­gal­ity in their spend­ing. work com­pleted but not in­cluded in the con­tract. Con­tin­gency money Let’s not for­get that the Town­ship has paid $300,000 for the aba­nis in­tended to finance them. There is a mere $50,000 re­main­ing of the doned plan to bring wa­ter from Corn­wall and roughly $100,000 for a bud­geted con­tin­gency for the tower. lob­by­ist who man­aged to squeeze money for this project out of the gov

The bud­get for the dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem in Maxville in­cludes re­in­state- ern­ment. Con­trac­tors will eas­ily eat up con­tin­gency money with Change ment of roads and side­walks dis­rupted by con­struc­tion. Where a trench Or­ders and all of the ad­di­tional costs will cre­ate a need to “re­view fidis­rupts half of a street, that half is slated for re­in­state­ment un­der the nance op­tions.” con­tract. To pul­ver­ize and pave the whole street is an ex­pen­sive addi- Brian Cad­dell, North Glen­garry Coun­cil­lor, Lochiel Ward

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