It’s only been about six months since municipal water and sewer users experienced a substantial increase in their utility bills, but another increase is on the horizon.
Because there’s not enough money left to fund the necessary capital projects for the South Dundas municipal water treatment plant, staff asked council to consider increasing the fixed water charge by $4 a month. That increase would mean that Iroquois water users will see an increase of $8 a month once sewer charges are factored in, and Morrisburg water users will see a total increase of $7, including sewer charges.
South Dundas treasurer Shannon Geraghty explained that increasing the fixed portion of the rate structure is the only way to tackle the issue. He said that if the consumption charge is increased, it would only prompt people to conserve, and therefore not bring in the funds needed.
Even with this increase, there will not be enough money in the water reserves to pay for the $558,500 worth of capital projects that need to be done. So, the funds for the capital work will be borrowed from the Morrisburg and Iroquois sewer reserves which are healthy at almost $1.8 million.
“We can’t do this on a regular basis,” commented South Dundas councillor Archie Mellan.
“You’re right, this is not sustainable,” agreed South Dundas chief administrative officer Steve McDonald.
Nonetheless, South Dundas council agreed to the proposed increase.
The biggest capital project at the South Dundas water treatment plant is the replacement of the Zenon filters, the main component of the plant.
These filters are nearing the end of their 10 year lifespan.
While staff knew that they would have to replace them soon, they recently learned they actually need to purchase the filters before October 6, 2015.
South Dundas manager of public works Chris Bazinet explained that the original water treatment plant contract included a 10 year replacement cost of guarantee of $350,000.
That means if the filters are purchased before October 6th they will cost $350,000. If they are purchased after that date, they will cost $700,000.
So the municipality needs to act sooner than later to take advantage of the offer. The new filters must be installed at the time of purchase.
Council is expected to approve the necessary bylaw for the increased rates at the next regular meeting.
Trained and ready to go (Adopted)
Thought to be a Shepherd Husky mix due to its brown/red/tan colouring this two year old male (neutered) would make a wonderful pet. Mid-sized, he is house trained, and as friendly as can be. Just call the South Dundas Animal Shelter to meet him 613-543-2980
Yes, the beautiful shepherd mix is still at the Shelter. It is a concern when an older dog is rescued, but most times, after they are adopted their new families report the wonderful out-pouring of love they receive from these sad animals who suffer so from being removed from longtime homes. This dog is a female, (4-5 years old maybe, no noticeable greying so not that old). She is so calm, so very friendly and so needs a loving home. She is house-trained is either up with tail waggin’ for a treat or lying down despite our best efforts to get her to sit for a photo.
This yellow lab mix is a male (not neuteured), beautiful golden in colour. Needs some manners training. Very nice, and friendly…and ate nicely from our hands. Mid-size dog, he would benefit from some tender loving care and some training-a couple of years old.
Included are some of the photos taken of the dogs showing their appreciation of the treats the South Dundas Pet Rescue group provides them with when trying to get their photos. Just shows how much fun these pups can bring to one's life. In the final photo the yellow lab mix really shows his appreciation…as he is all shook up…
A 'South Dundas Pet Rescue' Facebook page has now been launched. Please check it out and if you have the time and would like to assist in the adoption of these dogs please add it to your timeline…getting the information and the dog's pictures out there is a big part of this effort.
Expected to be ready for adoption, hopefully by next week are a white Shepherd (traumatized by the death of its elderly owner and the loss of its forever home) and two Huskies (both now homeless due to unpreventable circumstances of their family-if they could be adopted together, that would probably be fantastic).
Nine dogs at the Shelter.
Three dogs were adopted the over the weekend, including the bull mastiff and the puppy with the spotted feet featured last week. Still looking for homes are special needs American bulldog and the wonderful hound mix. To see this week’s featured dogs or any of the dogs at the South Dundas Animal Shelter please call Kevin at 613-543-2980. There are no set adoption fees, but food/cash donations are expected and determined by the size of the dog and its length of stay.
Donations of blankets, towells, dog dishes, collars and beds can be dropped off at the Morrisburg Animal Hospital. Cleaning supplies and equipment are also appreciated. Cash donations to assist in the purchase of food and/or a soon to be launched South Dundas Pet Adoptions committee project to enlarge the current eight bed (indoor) kennel can be made to the municipality of South Dundas. Cheques must be made out to the municipality and clearly marked for the South Dundas Animal Shelter.
This is a public service column. The Leader accepts no responsibility for the dogs or the adoption process.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is confirming the summer’s first human case of West Nile Virus in the region.
Mosquitoes in the area served by the Health Unit tested positive for the virus in August, but human cases had only occurred in other regions of the province.
“This finding shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area, even towards the end of the summer” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health.
“I urge all residents to keep on taking preventive measures to protect themselves and their families as mosquitoes will still be active until the first frost.”
Residents can take precautions against mosquitoes and therefore against the virus by taking the following steps:
• Use federally registered personal insect repellents, such as those containing DEET. Use a light coating on exposed skin. Follow label instructions for proper application.
• Wear light-coloured clothing, long sleeves, pants and socks when outside.
• Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn, as mosquitoes are the most active at that time.
• Ensure that all containers in or around the yard like tires, pool covers, saucers for flowerpots, wading pools and children’s toys are regularly emptied of standing water.
• Ensure that screens, windows and doors are fully sealed to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.
For more information, visit www.eohu.ca and click on the Community Health section, or call 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line.