SG says ‘No’ to golf club
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff South Glengarry council last week denied an earlier request from representatives of the Cornwall Golf and Country Club (CGCC) to enter into a strategic partnership with the township – a relationship that would have included financial contributions towards a handful of proposed events at the Glen Walter facility.
“At this point...we’re essentially recommending to deny their request, based on the policies that are in place,” Ewen MacDonald, the township’s general manager of infrastructure services, said during the June 17 regular council meeting.
The CGCC amended its letters patent to become a not-for profit corporation without share capital in February 2018.
However, Deputy-Mayor Lyle Warden still wasn’t on board with their request.
“I, 100 per cent support staff in this matter,” said the deputymayor.
“I realize this is kind of a different model (for a golf course), but I’m not in favour of giving them anything.
“I wish them well. Maybe in the future, there will be partnerships, but I’m not prepared at this time.”
Councillor Stephanie Jaworski had a pair of questions regarding two components of the golf club’s request.
One inquiry centred around a request for $12,500 yearly to support a proposed South Glengarry Golf Days program whereby township residents could enjoy two free days on the links at the club, on the township’s tab.
“Do we have community members coming to us asking about golf? I’m just curious if that’s something people talk about,” said Coun. Jaworski.
“Not to my knowledge, no,” replied Joanne Haley, the township’s general manager of community services.
Coun. Jaworski also wondered whether the municipality received many requests for hall space in Glen Walter, a question based on the golf club representatives’ proposal of a formal partnership (at an annual cost of $15,000) between the township and the club for the use of the latter’s facilities as a Glen Walter and Area community hall.
“Particularly for meeting space, we don’t get a lot of requests,” said Mrs. Haley.
“If there is ever a need for meeting space, then we would direct the individuals to the Precious Blood parish. The basement there is available to us on a regular basis.”
Mrs. Haley added “that relationship works quite well...and they (the church) often offer it at no cost.”
Mr. MacDonald pointed out that the township also “has space” at the local fire hall which it has made available to Glen Walter residents over the years.
The third component of the CGCC funding/partnership request was for $16,500 annually for a Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament.
“There wasn’t really any appetite in the municipality to host another (charity) golf tournament,” explained Mr. MacDonald.
“There are more than enough golf tournaments to attend, and council’s time is very precious. So...that didn’t feel to be a warranted request.”
Rick Eamon, CGCC president, made a presentation to council in January, “requesting financial assistance from the township in the form of services rendered” – the aforementioned three requests – and pointing out that the club “has been developed and is operated by a group of community leaders at no cost to the taxpayers of the township.”
The Cornwall Golf and Country Club was established more than a century ago – in 1896 – and has been located at its present site on Sutherland Avenue in Glen Walter since 1926.
It was originally incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation with share capital, with the money raised from the sale of shares used to purchase the land, construct the golf course and clubhouse, and purchase any necessary equipment.
According to the CGCC, approximately half of its current 425 members are South Glengarry residents.