‘153 pages...to do noth­ing?’

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

South Glen­garry coun­cil re­cently ap­proved get­ting a “sec­ond opin­ion” on its Glen Wal­ter Area Wa­ter and Waste Wa­ter Mas­ter Ser­vic­ing Plan Study.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed with the ini­tial work (the re­port from WSP’s Corn­wall of­fice)...and I’m sup­port­ive of go­ing with the peer re­view (by EVB Con­sult­ing for an ad­di­tional $5,000),” Coun­cil­lor Stephanie Ja­worski said dur­ing the Fe­bru­ary 21 reg­u­lar meet­ing. Fel­low coun­cil­lor Sam McDonell con­curred. “I’m not against spend­ing that $5,000 to get a bet­ter an­swer. That was a very dis­ap­point­ing pre­sen­ta­tion by WSP,” said Coun. McDonell.

“It was what, 153 pages, just to say, ‘Do noth­ing’?”

WSP was ini­tially awarded the RFP (Re­quest for Pro­posal) for the Mas­ter Ser­vic­ing Plan – as per their sub­mis­sion of $144,338 plus HST – in Oc­to­ber 2016, with the study to have been sub­mit­ted to the pre­vi­ous coun­cil in Au­gust 2017. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to town­ship gen­eral man­ager of in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices Ewen Mac­Don­ald, “in­ter­nal changes” at WSP re­sulted in the re­port (in draft form) not be­ing com­pleted un­til the fall of 2018.

WSP pre­sented the draft Mas­ter Plan Study at the Novem­ber 5 reg­u­lar meet­ing, but the pre­vi­ous coun­cil re­jected it over con­cerns with the find­ings – pri­mar­ily what they per­ceived as a lack of thor­ough­ness.

Some coun­cil­lors be­lieved the plan was sup­posed to cover fu­ture ser­vic­ing for the en­tire study area from Bound­ary Road, east, to Rae Road, and from County Road 2, north, to Ty­otown Road, but WSP over­looked four sub­di­vi­sions in the study area – Bayview Es­tates, Far­lingers Point, Sap­phire Es­tates, and Suther­land Drive – af­ter a door-to-door sur­vey of res­i­dents in those com­mu­ni­ties failed to un­cover any is­sues with the sta­tus quo.

Given those re­sults, WSP was rec­om­mend- ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity leave those ar­eas as-is for the fore­see­able fu­ture – an opin­ion that did not go over well with the pre­vi­ous coun­cil, nor with the ma­jor­ity of the cur­rent mu­nic­i­pal body.

Mr. Mac­Don­ald’s staff re­port pre­pared for the Fe­bru­ary 21 coun­cil ses­sion states that the “ob­jec­tive of de­vel­op­ing a Mas­ter Ser­vic­ing Plan was to con­duct a Mu­nic­i­pal Class En­vi­ron­men­tal As­sess­ment...in or­der to iden­tify a phased so­lu­tion to pro­vide wa­ter and waste­water ser­vice in the most ef­fi­cient man­ner pos­si­ble that will sup­port the ex­ist­ing pop­u­la­tion and fore­seen growth within the study area.”

The present wa­ter and waste­water in­fra­struc­ture lay­out in Glen Wal­ter con­sists of both pri­vate well and sep­tic sys­tems, as well as mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter and waste­water ser­vic­ing.

The town­ship has pro­pri­etary rights to all the data col­lected by WSP for the draft plan study and will turn it over to EVB for their re­assess­ment.

“A peer re­view of en­gi­neer­ing firms is a fairly com­mon prac­tice,” Mr. Mac­Don­ald ex­plained re­cently. “It’s done pretty much 100 per cent of the time in sub­di­vi­sion de­signs, stormwa­ter man­age­ment ponds, and those types of things. It’s like a sec­ond opin­ion in the med­i­cal field.”

$55,000 from cof­fers

The town­ship has thus far dipped into its own cof­fers to the tune of $53,241.24 to help de­fray the cost of the Mas­ter Ser­vic­ing Plan Study.

In April 2017, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was ap­proved for a Clean Wa­ter and Waste­water Fund (CWWF) grant for the com­ple­tion of an up­date to the ex­ist­ing Glen Wal­ter Mas­ter Ser­vic­ing Plan, re­leased in 2008. The el­i­gi­ble cost for the project, through the CWWF, was $146,733.31, with provin­cial and fed­eral grant con­tri­bu­tions to­talling $93,492.07 and the town­ship pony­ing up the re­main­der.

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