At the February 29 meeting of the Golden Gears Car Club, an election was held to install the officers and directors of the newly revived car lovers organization. Deputy mayor of South Dundas, Jim Locke, was on hand to swear in the duly elected board and to outline for all club members the duties associated with each position. From the left are Jim Locke, Brian Erratt, 1st vice president, Henry Swank, president, Jim Millard, secretary, Ken Hasson, treasurer, Wayne Barkley, past president, Stephane Aube, director, Jeff Beaupre, membership chairman and Garry Tracey, director. Absent from the photo is Gaby Swank, public relations and communications chair person. The next general Meeting of the Golden Gears is Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Iroquois Legion. New members are very welcome.
Charles Crober and Christopher Rowntree, representing Concerned Citizens of South Dundas, are the applicants appealing the issuance of a building permit that will allow for the construction of a new grain elevator/storage facility at the UTI property owned by Morrisburg Dock Expansion Inc., located at 11610 County Road 2, Morrisburg.
The permit issued January 30, 2015, is for the construction of a new grain elevator/storage facility on the M1 zoned land, with a construction value of $2.8 million.
According to Lesley Rowntree, Concerned Citizens of South Dundas, is supported by over 600 signatories on a 2013 petition.
“We communicate with about 40 people on a direct basis when something actually occurs in the way of new information and to ask for their ideas and opinions,” says Lesley, who with her husband Chris, “have served as a sort of ‘office’ for the group and been spokespersons for them.”
Because the grain terminal issue seems to be a divisive one, Lesley says, “We have tried to respect absolute privacy and confidentiality for those who support us with resources of time, effort and money.” She would not say exactly how ‘many’ people are financially supporting the effort.
Chris and Lesley live less than one kilometre from the proposed grain terminal site, and have been there about 3.5 years. They say many of the people they are representing through the concerned citizens group have lived in the area much longer and most are a much greater distance from UTI.
“We need to dispel the erroneous idea that this group of people all live close to the proposed grain terminal,” says Lesley.
As a core value of the group, Lesley says, “We are working to try to reaffirm in our community the democratically mandated voice of all citizens to express their own interests and concerns, based on honest and open information.”
“We are being driven to court as the only way to prove that the proposal does not fit the zoning. Once that is established, proper procedure can be initiated whereby proponents make an application which requires zone changes and thus enables the proper process mandated by the Ontario Planning Act to come into operation.”
The number of fatal crashes in the East Region of the Ontario Provincial Police jurisdiction is on the decline.
Fatal crashes in eastern Ontario were reduced by 27 per cent in 2013, compared to 2012. Last year, 50 people died in 45 fatal crashes. The year before 73 died in 62 crashes.
Also down are three of the contributing factors to a fatal crash; seatbelt infractions are down by 25 per cent, ejections are down by 50 per cent and alcohol related fatal crashes are down by 20 per cent.
“Although the OPP take this as a good sign, there is room for improvement,” says OPP Sgt. Kristine Rae.
The OPP in East Region will continue to focus enforcement on: distracted driving, seatbelts, aggressive driving and impaired driving.
Sunday’s Terry Fox Run in Morrisburg was an incredible success, bringing in a total of $9,801 for the Terry Fox Foundation.
“We had 81 participants, which is better than usual,” said organizer Scott Robinson. “And, we raised a grand total of $9,801. That is our largest amount to date.”
At 8 a.m. Sunday, Robinson spoke to the 40 participants on hand, thanking them for showing up on a chilly Sunday morning to support such a great cause.
“I see some familiar faces that I see here every year, and that’s good. But, I also see some new faces, and that’s good too,” said Robinson who has been involved with the even for the last 12 years.
Not sure why this year’s fund raising effort was so successful, Robinson simply said that they did get more runners out and that larger donations came in.
“I really appreciate all the support of the participants and the donations made,” he added. “I couldn’t do this without the support of my volunteers, the support of the Legion who donates the space to us and to South Williamsburg Riverside Recreation who donated the snacks and the water for along the route.