Emo­tional farewell for Chris McDonell

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

Chris McDonell was given a stand­ing ova­tion by his col­leagues and mem­bers of the pub­lic fol­low­ing his last of­fi­cial coun­cil meet­ing as North Glen­garry’s Mayor on Mon­day, Nov. 26.

Jamie MacDonald, who took over the Mayor’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties this week, prompted the ova­tion af­ter pay­ing trib­ute to the mayor.

“Chris and I have not al­ways agreed but I re­spect the job that he has done,” Mr. MacDonald said. “He was al­ways ap­proach­able, al­ways at ease, and would would walk into a room full of min­is­ters and say ‘how about those Red Wings?’ the day af­ter beat­ing the Leafs.”

Mr. McDonell has spent nearly two decades in lo­cal pol­i­tics. First elected in 2000 as Coun­cil­lor-atLarge, he was ac­claimed as Deputy-Mayor in 2010. He as­cended to the top seat af­ter the town­ship’s for­mer Mayor, Grant Crack, en­tered pro­vin­cial pol­i­tics in 2011.

“In 2009, he was elected War­den fof SDG,” Mr. MacDonald con­tin­ued. “He al­ways had our best in­ter­ests at heart.”

Busy schedule

Mr. MacDonald men­tioned how hard the for­mer Mayor worked to re­main in the pub­lic’s eye.

“On Sun­days, he usu­ally did two break­fasts, a lunch, and a church sup­per,” he said. “He should weigh 400 pounds.”

Mr. McDonell thanked Mr. MacDonald and the rest of coun­cil for their hard work.

“We got along well,” he said. “The Maxville wa­ter pro­ject and fix­ing the la­goons are the big items. We made some good hires and now we’re set.”

As for the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, Mr. McDonell quipped that maybe a trip to Florida is in or­der.

“We’ll get out of the cold while ev­ery­one else suf­fers,” he said.

Dis­cre­tionary fund

Speak­ing of the Mayor, Mr. McDonell re­quested nearly $2,400 be do­nated to lo­cal causes from the Mayor’s dis­cre­tionary fund.

He asked for $2,000 to go to the grotto re­build­ing pro­ject in Alexan­dria and another $400 for Alexan­dria’s Santa Claus Pa­rade.

Both re­quests were ap­proved by coun­cil.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

TREE GIVE­AWAY: Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Big Broth­ers and Big Sis­ters of Cornwall (BBBS) and DIstrict and of the Com­mon­well Mu­tual In­sur­ance Group gath­ered out­side the lat­ter’s Alexan­dria of­fice on Satur­day morn­ing for the an­nual Christ­mas tree give­away. The pub­lic could come by, pick up a tree, and make a do­na­tion to BBBS. Shown are Vanessa Rabideau (BBBS), Rachelle Joanette (Com­mon­well), Brit­tany Ha­gen (BBBS), David Mur­phy (BBBS), Linda Larocque (Com­mon­well), Lynne Hur­tubise (Com­mon­well), Monique Tourangeau (Com­mon­well), Ja­cob Boulanger, Nathalie Chal­i­foux (Com­mon­well), Scott DaPrato (Com­mon­well), and Ron Graham (BBBS.)

EARLY CHRIST­MAS GIFT: Leo Chartrand of Van­kleek Hill won $500,000 in the Oc­to­ber 19 Lotto Max draw. He bought his ticket at the Max Stop Gas & Con­ve­nience store in St-Isi­dore.

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