Drain ruckus

The Glengarry News - - News - -- Richard Ma­honey

Work to re­verse the flow of wa­ter on a piece of farm­land on An­gel Road in Kenyon has riled neigh­bours, who ar­gue they will suf­fer be­cause of the pro­po­nent’s at­tempts to defy the laws of physics.

The prop­erty in ques­tion drains over­land to the south to­wards Con­ces­sion 1. The pro­posed change would re­di­rect the wa­ter to the north to a mu­nic­i­pal drain, North Glen­garry Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Ryan Mor­ton told coun­cil at its most re­cent meet­ing.

By pro­ceed­ing with a study of the al­ter­ations to the wa­ter­shed in the area, the town­ship “could be open­ing a can of worms,” prop­erty owner Richard Burton warned coun­cil. “Wa­ter doesn’t flow up­hill.”

The town­ship has ap­pointed Las­celles En­gi­neer­ing Ltd. to pre­pare a re­port on the Beaudette River ARDA Branch Mu­nic­i­pal Drain and the Thomp­son Fer­gu­son Mu­nic­i­pal Drain, in or­der to make changes to the as­sess­ment sched­ule, which sets out in­di­vid­ual prop­erty own­ers’ share of drain con­struc­tion and main­te­nance.

No con­crete ac­tion can be taken un­til the re­port has been com­pleted, said Mr. Mor­ton.

But Mr. Burton told the town­ship that drainage work al­ready be­gan in Jan­uary.

Mr. Mor­ton pointed out that un­der the Drainage Act, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had no au­thor­ity over drainage projects. “We can’t stop the work.”

Mr. Burton ac­knowl­edged the town­ship’s po­si­tion. “Coun­cil should be aware that the prop­erty owner has al­ready stepped be­yond the line. The drainage con­trac­tor went ahead and did what he thought was right,” he re­lated.

“It’s a swamp,” said Chloe Ann Baker, who lives di­rectly across from the drainage work site. Amend­ments to the wa­ter­shed “will change a lot for the homes,” she cau­tioned, adding that home own­ers will also likely end up with higher drainage bills.

Mr. Mor­ton said, “The in­stal­la­tion of the drainage sys­tem must be taken to "suf­fi­cient out­let" as per the Drainage Act. Due to the de­sire to tile drain this par­tic­u­lar prop­erty, the out­let would change the ex­ist­ing wa­ter­shed upon which the prop­erty is as­sessed and the en­com­pass­ing drainage path­ways. A tile drainage com­pany sur­veyed the area and has rec­om­mended that all tile drainage have suf­fi­cient out­let to the Beaudette River ARDA Branch. Some sur­face wa­ter may still en­ter Thomp­son Fer­gu­son Drain, but this so­lu­tion is the most cost ef­fec­tive way to drain the prop­erty in ques­tion.”

He sug­gested that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity not re­ject the re­quest.

“This al­ter­na­tive is not rec­om­mended as the prop­erty owner would be forced to pe­ti­tion for a new mu­nic­i­pal drain to out­let the wa­ter in to the Thomp­son Fer­gu­son Drain and would also in­volve a new re­port which would en­com­pass sev­eral prop­erty own­ers and a mul­ti­tude of ad­di­tional costs.”

“All of the costs as­so­ci­ated with this rec­om­men­da­tion will be as­sessed to the prop­erty owner seek­ing the as­sess­ment sched­ule changes. The costs are ex­pected to be an up­set limit of $7,500, how­ever un­ex­pected is­sues may re­sult in ad­di­tional costs and the pro­po­nent is aware of these fac­tors,” Mr. Mor­ton re­ported.

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