Prim­ing a wa­ter deal

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

Talks be­tween Corn­wall and South Glen­garry of­fi­cials re­gard­ing the ex­ten­sion of wa­ter and waste­water ser­vices to Boundary Road con­tinue be­hind closed doors.

“At this point, ev­ery­thing is still in the le­gal ne­go­ti­a­tion process,” Ewen MacDon­ald, the town­ship’s gen­eral man­ager of in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices, told The News re­cently. “We’re still work­ing with the city on that so I can’t re­ally di­vulge any­thing at this time. We’re still hope­ful that we can come to some sort of agree­ment but I can’t say where it’s go­ing to be go­ing right at the mo­ment.”

At the most re­cent reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, town­ship CAO Bryan Brown said, “We are wait­ing to re­ceive the draft from our engi­neers.”

South Glen­garry of­fi­cials con­sider a stretch of the town­ship’s por­tion of Boundary Road (the thor­ough­fare’s east side), from Ty­otown Road, north to High­way 401, as a prime area for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and have been try­ing to pro­cure city wa­ter and waste­water ser­vices es­sen­tial to that de­vel­op­ment for the past sev­eral years.

Of­fi­cials from both mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have met on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions but have been un­able to ham­mer out an agree­ment re­gard­ing South Glen­garry’s re­quest – 1,200 cu­bic me­tres of wa­ter per day, be­tween two and 2.4 per cent of the Corn­wall wa­ter plant’s daily ca­pac­ity.

Dur­ing a spe­cial joint meet­ing of Corn­wall and South Glen­garry coun­cils in March 2016, South Glen­garry Mayor Ian McLeod, pointed out that there was “a full com­ple­ment of ser­vices” on the city-owned west side of Boundary Road, but that the sit­u­a­tion on the town­ship side was a dif­fer­ent story.

Mayor McLeod cited the BVD Hold­ings de­vel­op­ment – con­sist­ing of a Tim Hor­tons, an Esso ser­vice sta­tion/con­ve­nience store and a Hero Cer­ti­fied Burg­ers restau­rant – as a prime ex­am­ple of the need for mu­nic­i­pal ser­vic­ing in that part of the town­ship.

He stated that the site was ser­viced by pri­vate wa­ter and sewer sys­tems, an ar­range­ment that was “work­ing, but not nearly as well as it should.”

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