The Morrisburg & District Lions Club recently inducted two members, a husband and wife team, at a general meeting of the club. Pictured above, l-r, are Lion Mae Pederson (sponsor for both new members), new Lion Jim Martin, new Lion Viviane Martin and Morrisburg & District Lions Club president Bob Bechard.
The Council of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry announced March 16, that the operations of the Roads and Planning Departments will be merged into a new Department called “Transportation and Planning Services”.
The actions necessary to implement the change were approved at the March session of County Council and are effective immediately.
SDG County Planner Michael Otis has retired.
The County is not replacing this Department Head position, but instead will be hiring a Manager of Planning, who will report to the Director of Transportation and Planning Services.
The new mid-level position will manage the day-to-day operations of the planning services section of the new Department.
The restructuring of the two departments will not impact services levels or operations, either for roads or planning services.
The County will continue to oversee the County Official Plan, as well as land division (land severances and plans of subdivision).
County Engineer, Benjamin de Haan, will assume overall responsibility for the new Department.
de Haan’s title has changed to Director of Transportation and Planning Services.
“It is always important to be looking for efficiencies when opportunities come up, and these changes to our senior management team demonstrate our commitment to that. There are cost savings and many synergies, both internally and to the public, to be gained by the merging of the two departments,” said Eric Duncan, Warden, United Counties of SD&G.
“We have appreciated Mr. Otis’ service to the County and we look forward to working closely with Mr. de Haan in moving the new Department forward. There is a lot of potential with these changes and we are anxious to implement some new ideas,” said T.J. Simpson, Chief Administrative Officer, United Counties of SD&G
South Dundas will see some work done on portions of County Road 18 and County Road 31 in the coming months.
During the June 26th South Dundas council meeting, deputy-mayor Jim Locke reported that work is to be done on the portion of County Road 18 between Dixon’s Corners and Hanesville as well as on the portion of County Road 31 between Williamsburg and Winchester Springs.
Contacted following the township meeting, United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry engineer Ben De Haan confirmed this, but could not give a specific start date for the work.
According to De Haan, the contractor is currently working on projects in North and South Glengarry and is expected to arrive in Dundas county in early August.
In addition, it was reported that the portion of County Road 31 just north of Morrisburg that has a substantial and noticeable vertical rut will be investigated sometime in August or September of this year.
“We are going to do a test pit,” said De Haan. “We are planning to excavate a one foot wide hole through the rut and down to the sub-grade to try and determine what is causing the issue.”
“I expect we will see thicker road base under the center part of the road and thinner road base or questionable material at the exterior,” he explained.
“This analysis will help us determine how to repair this section of the road.”
De Haan said he would prefer to “do it once and do it right.”
South Nation Conservation is working with the Port of Johnstown to complete a fish habitat creation project along the St. Lawrence River. Work is underway to expand a wetland in Johnstown Bay into a larger, more beneficial area for fish.
“The Port is drawing on our expertise from similar fish habitat projects to ensure the project is successful and cost effective,” says Michelle Cavanagh, SNC Fish and Wildlife Resource Technician.
The 1 acre wetland will include a variety of shoreline structures to create diverse habitat. Two deep pools will support large, game fish species and shallow, weedy areas are suited for small fish.
“After months of planning, we’re excited to begin construction” says Cavanagh, adding SNC will monitor the wetland while work is being carried out and every spring and fall for the next three years to see which fish species are using the new habitat.
This spring, SNC is creating a buffer of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers around the wetland that extends along the warf. This will improve water quality and prevent erosion and surface runoff. Adding aquatic plants in the wetlands, including water lilies, pickerel weed, and wild rice, will oxygenate the water which improves habitat.
Installation of root wads and log clusters will also provide additional areas of cover and spawning habitat. These woody structures will help keep the vegetation from clogging up the wetland.
SNC, in partnership with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, developed a Fish Habitat Compensation Plan to satisfy the federal Fisheries Act requirements for the construction of the Port’s new wharf. This is the first of two compensation projects that SNC will complete under the Plan.
Excavation will begin this month with the entire project wrapping up in May.