Deck, del­e­ga­tions, work

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Linda Lav­i­gne will be al­lowed to build a new el­e­vated deck for her busi­ness, the Glen Road­house in Glen Robert­son, af­ter coun­ties coun­cil ap­proved an en­croach­ment re­quest on Dec. 17.

Ms. Lav­i­gne had re­quested per­mis­sion to build a 2.4me­tre wide deck along the south­ern side of the build­ing and also re­con­struct a wheel­chair ramp along the build­ing’s west side. This was prob­lem­atic as coun­ties staff had de­ter­mined that the new deck would re­sult in a 1.5-me­tre en­croach­ment on to the coun­ties’ rightof-way.

Coun­cil de­cided to al­low the en­croach­ment un­der a num­ber of con­di­tions. One is that the deck de­sign should be al­tered so that the sight­line at the in­ter­sec­tion is not im­pacted. The busi­ness will also be re­quired to carry com­mer­cial gen­eral li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance as re­quired by the coun­ties’ Street-side Pa­tio By-Law. The busi­ness must also en­ter into a for­mal agree­ment with the coun­ties, iden­ti­fy­ing the en­croach­ment as the owner’s risk.

At first, Coun­cil­lor Lyle War­den, who is also South Glen­garry’s Deputy-Mayor, didn’t want any such con­di­tions. He pushed to per­mit the full en­croach­ment as re­quested.

“I think we need to work with lo­cal busi­nesses to help them re­al­ize their dreams,” he said. “I don’t think the en­croach­ment is a huge con­cern.”

North Glen­garry Deputy-Mayor Carma Wil­liams was just as sup­port­ive.

“I un­der­stand this is the last com­mer­cial en­ter­prise in Glen Robert­son,” she said. “If we can make a de­ci­sion to sup­port its en­hance­ment, that’s good. It needs to stay open.”

Ini­tially, she con­curred with Mr. War­den, not­ing that there tends to be a lot of vis­i­bil­ity at that in­ter­sec­tion any­way.

But South Stor­mont Deputy-Mayor David Smith pointed out that it’s pos­si­ble to help lo­cal busi­nesses while also look­ing out for the coun­ties’ best in­ter­ests. He men­tioned a South Stor­mont es­tab­lish­ment that was able to solve sight­line prob­lems by tak­ing a cor­ner off a pa­tio. He asked if it would be pos­si­ble to in­volve the build­ing depart­ment in im­prov­ing sight­lines.

North Dun­das Deputy-Mayor Al Arm­strong said a com­pro­mise would al­low coun­cil to “serve all mas­ters.”

“That way we’re still sup­port­ing small busi­nesses but we’re also sup­port­ing our man­date to pro­tect the pub­lic,” he said.

In the end, Ms. Wil­liams and Mr. War­den saw things their col­leagues’ way as they both voted for the con­di­tions.

War­den Jamie Mac­Don­ald ex­cused him­self from the dis­cus­sion. The Glen Road­house is cur­rently up for sale and Mr. Mac­Don­ald, a real es­tate agent, holds that list­ing.


Coun­ties coun­cil heard two fund­ing re­quests at its Dec. 17 meet­ing. Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity tabled a bud­get re­quest for $1,500 while the St. Lawrence River In­sti­tute asked for $10,000 to help with a re­search pro­gram.

Coun­cil didn’t make any fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions but promised to con­sider it dur­ing bud­get de­lib­er­a­tions set for Feb. 19 and 20 of next year.

Sum­mer­stown re­pairs

Coun­ties will pay CN a grand to­tal of $31,840.47 for rail­way-ini­ti­ated re­pairs made to the CN cross­ing on County Road 27 in Sum­mer­stown.

Road au­thor­i­ties are sub­ject to cost-shar­ing agree­ments with rail­ways. At the Sum­mer­stown cross­ing, SDG is re­spon­si­ble for 19 per cent of over­all costs.

CN had is­sued the pa­per­work in Feb­ru­ary. Un­for­tu­nately, the in­voice was sent to the wrong road au­thor­ity.

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