Priming a water deal
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.”