Deck, delegations, work
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.
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.