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.
It appears that the Morrisburg Shopping Plaza will be getting a skating rink for the Christmas season.
At the October 4th South Dundas council meeting Councillor Jim Graham reported that the Morrisburg Business Improvement Association (BIA) met the previous evening and “agreed there should be a better location.”
Hugh Garlough, Manager of Public Works, said that he’d like to “thank the BIA for accepting my thoughts” and went on to say that “we will do our best to work with them (and when it) comes time, do whatever we can to cooperate.”
In terms of where the rink will be located, he reported that “the mall location south of the clock tower will not be used as the township has concerns with this location.”
Possible locations were discussed, including the area of the parking lot where the former visitor’s centre was located. However, Garlough informed the Leader that “the location of the BIA’s skating rink has not been decided as of yet.”
“The location will be decided by township staff and the BIA representatives at a later date.”
Not only is current deputy warden Eric Duncan the youngest deputy warden in SDG history, he will be the last.
An ad hoc committee of counties council was formed to review and make procedural recommendations. Those were recently reported to counties council.
“Council will eliminate the position of deputy warden,” reported South Dundas deputy mayor and county councillor Jim Locke at the November 19 South Dundas council meeting.
Traditionally, the person selected as deputy warden, moved into the warden’s seat after one year in the role.
Once these changes are ratified by counties council, the warden will be elected at the October meeting and sworn in to the seat at the head of the council table in December.
Duncan will be the last Deputy Warden to automatically move to the warden’s seat. His inauguration as warden is set for December 6.
Once the new rules come into effect, the sitting warden will also be given the opportunity to serve in the role for one year, or to serve, with council’s approval, for two years.
South Dundas mayor, counties councillor, and former SDG warden Steven Byvelds was on the committee that made these recommendations.
He recognizes that some wardens are eager for the one year term to end, while others would like to have the opportunity to stay on a little longer to further advance their efforts on committees like the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus.
The deputy mayor often stands in for the warden during ceremonial events.
In future, this will be handled by an acting warden. Council members will take turns at being acting warden, thus getting more of them involved with community events across SDG. This will be done on a monthly rotation.
Traditionally, though not an official rule, the warden has been rotated between the six municipalities. This change, may or may not impact that traditional rotation. That will be at the discretion of council, as they elect each warden.
The committee has also recommended that counties council adopt the use of a consent agenda. This is the type of agenda already being used here in South Dundas.
On September 20th, after some discussion, South Dundas council approved the recommendation of Manager of Public Works, Hugh Garlough, to extend the current contract with Malyon Excavation Ltd. for the Morrisburg Plaza paving.
Garlough initially made the recommendation to council at the September 6th meeting where he was then charged with the task of determining whether Malyon would consider doing the extra work for the same price.
In his presentation to council, Garlough confirmed Malyon’s consent to extend the contract at the same cost. In addition, he pointed out that “the price we got this year for asphalt was very, very reasonable as you can see by how under budget it was.”
The contract has been extended to “continue paving east on Main Street, to connect to the new pavement at the east end of Pinkus Plaza” as well as continuing north into the parking area by ten feet.
According to Garlough, “we had to go north because this is where the catch basins are” located. Much of the paving is being done to correct the drainage issue in that section of the shopping mall.
The project is expected to begin “October 3rd with completion by October 21, 2011 weather permitting.”