The South Williamsburg Recreation Association requested financial assistance from the Township of South Dundas under the Dollar for Dollar Capital Funding Program for the group’s outdoor rink at the Riverside Heights location.
At the June 26th council meeting, chief administrative officer Stephen McDonald said that “there are some concerns with this request,” which include the fact that it was submitted well after the November 30th deadline.
However, McDonald also pointed out that the request was for a “very limited amount of dollars” and the “test” rink they set up last year was well used.
Councillor Jim Graham said, “it’s probably one of the most utilized recreational facilities in all of South Dundas” and councillor Archie Mellan agreed.
“Everybody uses it. I think it’s great. I’d support it 100 percent,” said Mellan.
Councillor Evonne Delegarde voiced concern with whether the request constituted an actual capital project.
Either way, McDonald replied that the group would receive funding only the one time.
Delegarde highlighted the group’s assumption that the outdoor rink in Riverside Heights is necessary due to a shortage of rink space, pointing out that “there’s going to be an outdoor rink in Morrisburg this year.”
McDonald clarified that “if we can find a satisfactory location, it is certainly our intention to have an outdoor rink in Morrisburg this year.”
With deputy-mayor Jim Locke’s support for the request, mayor Steven Byvelds closed the discussion saying “if they can make it happen for that (amount of money), so be it.”
Council approved McDonald’s recommendation that the South Williamsburg Recreation Association be given 50 percent of eligible costs up to a maximum of $1,325.
A $2 million sewer and water project that will see 1,050 meters of roadway from Canada Way west to the first bridge of Lakeshore Drive dug up this summer will get started as soon as possible.
The project will include sanitary sewer and watermain replacement, storm sewer improvements and the necessary road and sidewalk rehabilitations.
Although it was agreed that work should start as soon as possible, South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds, asked that work not start until after Tubie weekend, the 43-year old summer event that attracts large crowds to the Morrisburg waterfront and includes a parade along that stretch of road.
This sewer replacement work was identified as a high priority in the inflow and infiltration study done on the Morrisburg sewer system.
It is expected that the completion of this work will eliminate or reduce the risk of basement flooding, for which there is a history at several residences along Lakeshore Drive in Morrisburg.
This project includes up-sizing the sewer to accommodate expansion of the collection system to the west limit of the village allowing residents currently on private septic system, as well as future developments to connect to the sanitary sewer, according to the report to council by South Dundas chief administrative officer Steve McDonald.
Todd Grant of AECOM, the project managers, said the hope is that throughout the construction they will be able to maintain a lane to let traffic flow through the area.
“This will be a mess while it’s going on, but in the end it will be worth it,” said South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds.
The sanitary sewer work will be funded by the Government of Ontario under the Strategic Investments Funding for the sanitary sewer rehabilitation program. The watermain replacement will be funded through water capital replacement and water rate stabilization reserves and storm sewer work will be funded by the United Counties of SD&G.
South Dundas council awarded the project tender to Cornwall Gravel at the July 16 regular council meeting.
Four bids were received, ranging in price from $2 million to $2.5 million. Cornwall Gravel submitted the lowest bid.
Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign has been supporting local communities since 1996.
Fast forward ten years, and the Winchester location made its first gift benefitting the WDMH Foundation in support of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital.
Since then, a total of $55,267 has been given to the WDMH Foundation, as a result of the Smile Cookie Campaigns at Tim Hortons locations in Long Sault, Morrisburg and Winchester.
This year, $8,304 was raised, and the cookies were so popular that they sold out before the campaign was over.
Owners Denise and Robert St. Denis, along with their nephew, Corey Adams, and all of the staff at the three locations, have worked tirelessly every year during the Smile Cookie Campaign in the last week of September.
They believe in supporting WDMH, and they want to see the campaign succeed for the Hospital.
Troy Cross, Executive Director of the WDMH Foundation shared his gratitude, “many thanks to all of the customers who purchased a Smile Cookie this past fall, and to the hard-working staff at every location for helping to put smiles on patients’ faces with every sale”.