Families and friends were delighted to meet an old friend on Sunday, April 1, when the Easter Bunny stopped in for breakfast at the Iroquois Legion. A large number of people came out and enjoyed a delicious breakfast prepared by the Legion, received a special greeting and treat from E.B. and took part in face painting and colouring. Live, gentle bunnies supplied by Lee Carruthers of Dundela were a big hit with young and old. Breakfast with the Bunny was sponsored by the Iroquois and District Festival Committee, which is using the funds to support their September 15 Festival in Iroquois, "Dundas Militia – A Call to Arms – War of 1812."
Despite the lack of snow, this year’s Snowarama for Easter Seals, held at the Riverside Heights Community Centre on Saturday, February 2, still raised nearly $2,000, according to Leslie Disheau, co-ordinator with Jean MacDougal of the event, now in its 17th year. “It was disappointing the snow disappeared just ahead of the day,” Disheau said, “but the Nation Valley Snowmobile Association, made up of the South Dundas Snowmobile Club, the Winchester Township Snowmobile Club and the Mountain Trailblazers, continues to support us. The funds raised in our area, stay in Dundas to help our kids in need.”
This year the Easter Seal Society set up a website to make it possible for people to pledge on line. As in other years, the pancakes and sausage breakfast served at Snowarama was run by the Brewers R. A. Hockey Club and Keith Robinson. Helping fund raise, top photo (l-r) are Abby Steward, Hailey Steward, Mia Serviss and Kylie Schell, while Lacey Schell and Ben Serviss sit in front. Getting ready to dig into the syrup and pancakes (left) is Kurtis Steward.
“Are we almost there,” asked South Dundas deputy-mayor Jim Locke.
During the July 17th council meeting, South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services chief Chris McDonough requested that council award the tender of a new pumper/rescue truck to Eastway Emergency Vehicles.
The new truck, whose approximate delivery date is April 2013, will replace the Iroquois department’s 1985 GMC front-line truck.
The cost of the truck is $345,296.21. At budget time, council approved $300,000 from the 2012 capital budget for this item.
Following council’s approval of the request, mayor Steven Byvelds expressed concern that this might be “cramming too much equipment into one budget year.”
“We might regret it sometime down the road,” he said.
Council recently approved an unanticipated purchase of a 2004 Western Star 3,000 gallon ‘super’ tanker for the Williamsburg station at a cost of $117,666.19.
On September 6th, South Dundas councillor Archie Mellan raised the issue of a back-up generator for the Williamsburg waste treatment plant.
According to Mellan, “the previous council had recognized the need for one and had set up a plan to set aside money over a five year period to purchase one.”
He suggested that council “should go ahead and finance the generator – sooner rather than later.”
Manager of Public Works, Hugh Garlough, agreed saying he would meet with Treasurer Shannon Geraghty to determine how much money has already been set aside versus how much it will cost to buy one.
Geraghty stated that he believed, but would need to verify, that council had been putting $8,000 aside per year for three years. He went on to estimate the cost being somewhere in the vicinity of $40,000.
Mayor Steven Byvelds ended the discussion saying, “Let’s see if we can find the dollars to do it.”
Mellan informed the Leader later that “council felt it would be better to be proactive on this matter to try and avoid a situation where a power outage could cause a problem for the residents of Williamsburg.”
“It should be noted that Morrisburg’s new waste treatment plant and the water plant have back-up power and Iroquois’s new waste treatment plant will have back-up power when completed.”