The Dundas Seed, Forage & Agricultural Show was held on March 9th at Matilda Hall in Dixon’s Corners. Exhibitors and visitors filled the hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Francis Henderson of Terrdale Farms won this year’s top spot, the Premier Exhibitor. His daughter, Tracy Porteous, accepted the award on his behalf. Kelly Fawcett-Mathers, a representative for TD Canada Trust, sponsor of the award, presented the award to Porteous. The second award, Reserve Premier Exhibitor, and the third award, Premier Forage Exhibitor, both went to Ian and Tracy Porteous of Ayrporte Farm.
Twenty-five applications were received for the manager of public works position that will be vacated later this year when South Dundas’ first manager of public works, Hugh Garlough retires.
Given the nature of the job and the number of municipalities seeking to fill similar positions, South Dundas chief administrative officer Steve McDonald was pleased that so many were received by the January 9 application deadline.
The next step will be to screen those applicants and choose the best contenders for an interview.
McDonald expects to select about five applicants to interview.
He will also form a hiring committee to include himself, possibly a peer (public works manager from another municipality) and one or two members of council to sit in and observe the interviews.
After that process is complete, a recommendation will be made to council.
Although Garlough’s retirement doesn’t take effect until the end of this year, the CAO would like to see a replacement selected as soon as possible.
In last week’s edition of The Leader, it was reported that South Dundas Chief Administrative Officer Stephen McDonald had recommended, at the February 21st council meeting, that council receive a proposal for dealing with “small jobs (that) fall below the approval levels in the Procurement Policy.”
The full article was somehow lost in translation and what follows is the missing piece.
The jobs for recurring services fell into the following categories:
•trouble shoot water meter problems
•pest control services
•fire protection systems
•septic/holding tank pumping
The following companies have submitted bids for jobs in one or more of the listed categories:
•Arthur Thom Electric Ltd.
•Aurele St. Jean Plumbing
•Barry McShane Electric
•Brooks Tree Service Inc.
•Garry Munro Plumbing & Heating
•Kim’s Locksmith Service
• Logtens Tree Service Ltd.
•Morrisburg Plumbing & Heating Ltd.
•Neal’s Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration
•Safe & Dependable Fire Extinguisher
•Tremblay Fire Solutions
•Twin Peaks Sanitary Services Inc.
•W.C. Robinson & Son Ltd.
•Williamsburg Pump Supply & Service
As reported last week, McDonald explained the idea behind the process: “while submitting the low quote does not make any company the exclusive supplier of that service, the township will endeavour to utilize the company submitting the lowest quote for these services where possible subject to scheduling and satisfactory work performance.”
“Where the low price supplier is not available, the next lowest quotation will be used,” he added.
“Managers will monitor the work of these suppliers to insure that jobs are completed in a timely, professional and satisfactory manner. In the case of unsatisfactory work, managers will have the discretion to utilize the next lowest supplier for future jobs.”
Mayor Steven Byvelds applauded township staff on their efforts toward fairness by opening the process to anyone.
Get ready to take in some great toe-tapping, hand-clapping good times at Iroquois Point this weekend. The annual Bluegrass Festival, sponsored by the Galop Canal Committee, is running June 18-21 at 6020 Carman Road. This year, the Festival is even bigger and better.
Four days of music provided by outstanding live bands, will thrill dedicated bluegrass fans, and win new fans to the genre. And this year, there’s a special session, Friday, June 19, 2 to 5 p.m. only, of country music, featuring Ralph and Brenda Country.
Following the Festival opening ceremonies at 5:45 p.m., held at the Lions Bandshell, audiences can just sit back and enjoy some outstanding bluegrass for the rest of the weekend.
“We already have reservations for 200 campers right on the site,” said Geraldine Fitzsimmons, manager of the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce. “The chair of the Galop Canal Bluegrass Festival, Joey Vankoppen, and his team of dedicated volunteers, have been working a lot of hard hours to make this Festival a runaway success. And we have a great musical line-up for audiences, due in large measure to the efforts of Melissa Sherman, who helped put the band line-up together. And the word is definitely out there, since our advance sales are really good this year. I know that people simply love this South Dundas area.”
The bands featured this year are Grassy Fiddle Time, County Road 5, Maple Hill, County Road 44, Hard Ryde, Monroe Sisters, Barrel Boys, Canucky Bluegrass Boys, Georgian Blue and the Schotts.
Not only will people be able to enjoy the best of Bluegrass performances, the Festival also offers free workshops to those interested in learning more about playing traditional bluegrass. On Saturday, June 20, members of the band, Hard Ryde, will be offering an 11 a.m. mandolin workshop, a 12 noon banjo workshop and a 1 p.m. guitar workshop. All participants need is an interest and an instrument. All ages are welcome from novices to experienced players.
And there will be plenty of good eating all weekend to go along with the fun and music. The Iroquois Legion is offering a delicious breakfast on Saturday morning: tickets will also be on sale (reserve in advance with Barb Rabideau at 613-543-3114) for a Legion steak supper Saturday night. Halees at the Point will also be open for the entire Festival. Watch for interesting vendors on site as well.
In between acts, on Saturday, visitors to the Festival can also enjoy viewing some special cars, antique, muscle and modern, right on site with the members of the Golden Gears Car Club. “This is simply going to add to the interest and to the excitement of the weekend,” said Fitzsimmons.
Events like the Bluegrass Festival bring many visitors to the South Dundas area, helping to boost the local economy. “We are certainly very grateful for the sponsorship we have received,” Gerri Fitzsimmons said, “but since the Festival impacts the entire municipality, we hope to work more closely with the municipality in the future. Funds raised will go back into developing the Bluegrass Festival into one of the biggest festivals of its type in Canada.”
Passes for part or all of the weekend events, and additional information, are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s something for everyone at the Iroquois Point Bluegrass Festival June 18-21: come out and enjoy four great days.