Land­marks to be im­proved un­der CIP

The Glengarry News - - Straight Talk - BY STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff

North Glen­garry has ap­proved Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Plan (CIP) fund­ing for two iconic county build­ings, one in Maxville and the other in Alexan­dria.

The own­ers of Munro & Mor­ris Fu­neral Home, lo­cated at 20 Main St., Maxville, will re­ceive $8,920 in grants, plus a $10,000 mu­nic­i­pal loan. The lat­ter will be drawn from the town­ship’s op­er­at­ing re­serves.

The lion’s share of the grant will go to im­prov­ing the build­ing’s front façade. This will in­clude re­plac­ing the façade with beige ver­ti­cally-in­stalled vinyl sid­ing, adding awning and trim, re­plac­ing a sec­ond storey door with a win­dow and in­stalling pot lights in the new awning. Con­trac­tors for this work will be M&L 20-20 Hold­ings and McDonald Elec­tric.

The CIP cov­ers 50 per cent of el­i­gi­ble ex­penses up to a max­i­mum of $5,000. Since the build­ing im­prove­ments would cost an es­ti­mated to­tal of nearly $25,000, the max­i­mum amount for that par­tic­u­lar project has been reached.

The fu­neral home will also re­ceive $2,000 to up­grade its com­mer­cial sig­nage. Alexan­dri­abased Sig­nifico will pro­vide a 2x16 sign with raised gold let­ters and McDonald Elec­tric will sup­ply the light­ing for the sig­nage. The to­tal amount for that phase comes in at nearly $5,100; $2,000 is the max­i­mum amount avail­able through the sig­nage pro­gram. The CIP pro­gram will also pro­vide $170 for a bench with logo and an­other $1,000 for a stained glass win­dow that will show four-hearts squared Celtic Love Knot. Con­trac­tors for the re­spec­tive projects are Pye Prop­erty and North­ern Art Glass. Ad­di­tion­ally, it will pro­vide a max­i­mum of $750 for build­ing per­mit fees.

Garry Fen

The town­ship also ap­proved CIP grants and a loan for the Garry Fen – one of Alexan­dria’s old­est build­ings – lo­cated at 2 Ottawa St. It was the home of D. A. Mac­Don­ald, who served as Glen­garry MP from 1857 un­til 1875 and then as the prov­ince’s Lieu­tenant-Gov­er­nor from 18751880.

The CIP will fund al­most $5,000 for the ren­o­va­tion work, which will in­volve lev­el­ing the ve­randa, re­plac­ing var­i­ous wooden boards and planks, re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing ve­randa col­umns, and re­paint­ing. Ac­cord­ing to town­ship notes, the colours will be as close to the his­tor­i­cal colours as pos­si­ble – in this case Peale Green and Golden Honey from Ben­jamin Moore. Con­trac­tors for this project in­clude Dan Long, J. Wilkie & Son, and Gilles R. Mayer San­i­ta­tion.

The CIP will also pro­vide a civic sign for the prop­erty and fund a per­mit fee grant up to $750.

Al­to­gether, the CIP fund­ing would be $5,748.50. The town­ship will also loan $6,498.50 for the project.

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