The Iroquois Matilda Lions Club donated $500 each to the Christmas Exchange on November 17th at the Morrisburg Food Bank. The Christmas Exchange supplies Christmas dinner to those in Dundas County who may otherwise have gone without on Christmas Day. Boxes, filled with everything needed to make a scrumptious meal, are available for pick up a few days before the holiday.
It’s not even finished yet, but the new Iroquois Wastewater Treatment Plant is already getting an addition.
A year ago, South Dundas council decided that the sequencing batch reactor tanks at the new waste water treatment plant in Iroquois would be covered with fibre reinforced plastic, rather than be located within a building, because they believed that was the most cost effective option.
Now, a year later, they have changed their minds.
At the July 16, council meeting South Dundas council was told that the pricing for the installation of FRP covers came in at $1.3 million, no longer making it a cost effective alternative.
Instead, it was recommended that the tanks be covered with a masonry structure.
“This might just be a blessing in disguise,” said South Dundas councillor Jim Graham. Council agreed, approving the change.
The additional 5,000 square foot masonry structure will cost up to $1.1 million and add about 16 weeks to project completion.
The report from AECOM Canada, of the project management team, points out that housing the tanks within a masonry building allows the plant to run more efficiently, particularly in the winter months. It also aids in controlling odours and results in a more aesthetically pleasing building.
“The masonry cover can be accommodated within the approved funding envelop,” reported South Dundas chief administrative officer Steve McDonald.
Through this funding envelop, South Dundas has already been able to do significant work on Iroquois underground sewer infrastructure.
This new spending will have some impact on the amount of infrastructure work that can be done through existing funding, but the impact will be minimal.
South Dundas should still have about $2.9 million worth of funding left to spend on sewer system upgrades in Iroquois. The funding will be fully utilized before the March 2105 cut off date.
The South Dundas Community Playground Committee achieved its initial aspirations when the South Dundas Community Playground was built in Morrisburg’s Earl Baker Park in 2011, but the group still has even grander aspirations.
“The ultimate goal would be to celebrate the beginning of summer 2014 with a grand opening for a Splash Pad,” the committee noted in a recent letter to South Dundas council.
To that end, the committee is collecting data from area splash pads in Brockville, Cornwall and Long Sault and pursuing potential funding opportunities.
By this summer, the group hopes to have a report on the timing, construction costs and operational costs for such a project to guide planning and fundraising.
Once the report is ready, the group will begin discussions with South Dundas council regarding use of land, funding contributions and the potential of including a washroom facility.
The Friday, November 18, Sustainable Dundas Community Forum to be held at the Christian Reformed Church in Williamsburg is fast approaching.
The forum will provide the community the opportunity to add its voice to the initiative to create a better future for our rural communities.
The forum is sponsored by the House of Lazarus, Linking Hands Project and local municipal councils. Social service agencies will be at the table, along with representatives from local churches concerned about increasing poverty in rural Dundas.
Local business owners, members of service clubs or community organizations, and concerned residents, are all invited to attend this very important forum.
The Forum will take place on Friday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Williamsburg. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m.
Registration forms are available at the Township offices in North Dundas and South Dundas and from the House of Lazarus, or online from firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 613-989-3830 for more information.
The House of Lazarus Linking Hands Project is sponsoring the Community Forum in Dundas County in partnership with municipal councils, local churches, social service agencies, businesses, and community groups to develop some community-based sustainable strategies to make our communities more resilient to increasing rural poverty,” says Nanda Wubs who is a co-chair of Linking Hands with Pauline Pratt.
“Working groups created at the Forum will begin some community projects to address the specific rural issues and gaps in service we are facing in Dundas County.”
Some areas of concern are: economic and entrepreneurial development and training; transportation and access to jobs and services; access to nutritious and local food; geared-to-income housing for families; emergency shelter; literacy, including financial and digital literacy; community awareness of and access to services, community health and wellness.