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 strain on food banks is always high at this time of year, but for the Dundas County Food Bank this is unprecedented,” said Ian McKelvie, DCFB administrator.
While the food bank has been fortunate to receive much community support over the holiday season, the generosity hasn’t been enough to keep the shelves stocked.
Over the last several weeks, food is going out the door as fast as it is coming in.
Food bank use has increased by about 15 percent across Dundas County, but McKelvie says that it has increased even more here at the South Dundas location in Morrisburg.
With food going out the doors so quickly, the food purchasing budget for 2014 has been completely depleted.
DCFB officials estimate that the food budget will be overspent by about $12,000 just to meet demand. “It’s possible that we could have our first deficit since the food bank was established in 1991.”
“We would like to appeal to the community to help us reduce this shortfall,” said McKelvie.
Right now they are asking that people focus on monetary donations, cash or cheques payable to the Dundas County Food Bank.
Monetary donations allow the food bank to focus on their most immediate food needs, and gives purchasers a little more buying power to buy in bulk to turn the dollars into more food.
The need is immediate.
Donations can be dropped off at the food bank. They are open next January 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For added convenience, the Municipality of South Dundas and Township of North Dundas have agreed to accept donations for the Dundas County Food Bank at the municipal offices in Morrisburg and Winchester during regular business hours from January 2 on.
Donations are also accepted online at canadahelps.org : search for Dundas County Food Bank.
It’s not even finished yet, but the new Iroquois Wastewater Treatment Plant is already getting an addition.
A year ago, South Dundas council decided that the sequencing batch reactor tanks at the new waste water treatment plant in Iroquois would be covered with fibre reinforced plastic, rather than be located within a building, because they believed that was the most cost effective option.
Now, a year later, they have changed their minds.
At the July 16, council meeting South Dundas council was told that the pricing for the installation of FRP covers came in at $1.3 million, no longer making it a cost effective alternative.
Instead, it was recommended that the tanks be covered with a masonry structure.
“This might just be a blessing in disguise,” said South Dundas councillor Jim Graham. Council agreed, approving the change.
The additional 5,000 square foot masonry structure will cost up to $1.1 million and add about 16 weeks to project completion.
The report from AECOM Canada, of the project management team, points out that housing the tanks within a masonry building allows the plant to run more efficiently, particularly in the winter months. It also aids in controlling odours and results in a more aesthetically pleasing building.
“The masonry cover can be accommodated within the approved funding envelop,” reported South Dundas chief administrative officer Steve McDonald.
Through this funding envelop, South Dundas has already been able to do significant work on Iroquois underground sewer infrastructure.
This new spending will have some impact on the amount of infrastructure work that can be done through existing funding, but the impact will be minimal.
South Dundas should still have about $2.9 million worth of funding left to spend on sewer system upgrades in Iroquois. The funding will be fully utilized before the March 2105 cut off date.
Ten years ago, Kris and Manu Sahota bought the Loyalist Hotel in Morrisburg with hopes and dreams of a bright future for their family.
Now, a decade later, the dream has come to an end. The Sahotas have sold the hotel and will hand over the keys to an unknown buyer at the end of May.
According to Kris Sahota, a numbered company bought the hotel “as is” and their identity and plans were not revealed at the time of the sale.
He revealed that there were several contributing factors in the decision to sell the hotel, including a recent car accident which has left him less able to handle the physical requirements of running a hotel this size.
Sahota also confirmed that he has no plans to purchase or start another business in the area.
In fact, the family of five is considering the possibility of selling their home in Morrisburg and leaving the area altogether in pursuit of a new dream elsewhere.
As for the future of the Loyalist Hotel, all that can be confirmed at this point is that the new owner will take possession of the building on June 1st.